“I am proud of the Dalat community for so many reasons. The adversity has definitely shown us the quality of our students, teachers, and the community as a whole.”

As we come to the end of this calendar year, I don’t think any of us would have, or could have, predicted what 2020 would be like for us as a community. We had faced some other possible pandemic situations in the past with SARS and H1N1, but a global pandemic of this magnitude was not something anybody would have anticipated.

It has not been an easy road for anyone. Especially for our kids. We do feel fortunate as we have watched other areas of the world get hit much worse with children having to be online since March and no possible reprieve for the foreseeable future. We had thirteen wonderful weeks together and I think for everyone it solidified how important community is for not just our kids but for all of us.

Dalat, you as parents, and all of our students have adapted and we will get through this latest CMCO as best we can. I am proud of the Dalat community for so many reasons. The adversity has definitely shown us the quality of our students, teachers, and the community as a whole.

Most of us have heard the expression, “it’s darkest before the dawn” and as someone who does enjoy getting up early and seeing the dawn, I believe it is true. That said, before the sun actually breaks the plane of the horizon and shows itself, the morning begins to fill with light and the hope of a new day begins to embrace the darkness of the night before. I am hopeful that we are already in the “dawn” and that the light is creeping in and beginning to overtake the darkness.

There is positive news in regards to vaccines and there is hope that soon they will be able to make a difference. We also have received tentative news that if the CMCO is lifted in early December, that international schools will be able to return to face-to-face classes if they so choose. We will definitely choose to if given that choice.

We need to continue to stay the course and do all we can to keep the virus at bay. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, we will begin to see the light start shining on the horizon, and with it the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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