“I want to encourage us to also stick together as a community. During a time when fear can create division and disunity, we need to make the extra effort to not let that happen.”

An important practice used in places where a disease begins to spread, is to encourage people to stay away from public places and to self-isolate. It makes a lot of sense and that is why there are travel bans, factory or school closings, etc.

In the midst of these important steps, I want to encourage us to also “stick together” as a community. During a time when fear can create division and disunity, we need to make the extra effort to not let that happen. We need to support each other during this turbulent and uncertain time. Here are some concrete ways we can “stick together”:

  • Be kind to each other. This is not the time to be critical, judgmental, or accusatory.
  • Trust each other. Do not assume the worst of other people or other cultures.
  • Keep washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces. The nurse is reporting that as a school this is the healthiest semester we have had in many years.
  • Do not pass on “I heard. . .” statements before you have checked and verified them.
  • If you or any of your children start having cold or flu symptoms, stay away from school and self-quarantine yourself and family.
  • If you have been in a situation where you may have been exposed to the virus you will choose to self-quarantine.
  • Find ways to help and support families who may need to self-quarantine (provide meals, help with errands, etc.).

There are many more ways for our community to “stick together” as we go through this unprecedented situation. Let’s look for ways to do that.

There are some who are asking about the possibility of school closure. As you know, Dalat teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare for that possibility. As a school we will close for the following two reasons:

  • The ministry of education and/or ministry of health directs international schools to close. If that takes place, on the first day of the closing we will not offer online instruction. This will give the teachers time to make final preparations and work on all the details needed for a successful transition to online education.
  • We will also close if there is a confirmed case of a student, teacher, or parent who has physically been on campus. In that situation we will close for a determined amount of time to do a “deep cleaning” of the campus and to make sure that the school environment does not pose a risk to our students.

If there is a closing, we will communicate with our families through various avenues. We are committed to provide a quality education for students through online education. Our hope is that this will not take place, but if it does, we will be ready.

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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