Page Last Updated: 28 March, 2020
Health, Student, Parent, and Travel Advisory
The most recent update is at the top of this page.
Wednesday, 25 March, 2020
Email to Parents: Earlier today the PM announced that the MCO will be extended through to April 14th. Although disappointing this does not come as a huge surprise. Prior to our mid-semester break our teachers were preparing for such a scenario and we are ready to start up on Monday, April 6th with school through our online education portals. Towards the end of next week parents and students will receive emails with more information in preparation for school to start back up after the mid semester break.
Although this is not what we wanted we support the decision by the government to take the steps needed to protect those most vulnerable to this virus. We will do our best to provide a high quality educational experience online and hope that very soon we will again have our students back together on campus.
Thursday, 19 March, 2020
Email to Parents:
• Today is the first day of online education for Dalat students. As we launch it in all three divisions (ES, MS, and HS) we expect that there will be a number of glitches and hiccups. Some of these might be on your end with your computer or devices while some of them will be on our end. We will do our best to solve them as quickly as possible.
• Please be patient with us, yourself, and your child as we work through the bugs and glitches these first few days.
• To help parents with their tech problems we have created a “help desk” email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The link can also be found through the Dalat Covid-19 (online education section). We expect a lot of traffic today and tomorrow so please be patient if we are not able to respond immediately to your need. You can also connect directly with a teacher if you are having problems as they may be able to help you solve the problem as well.
• Continue to check out our Covid-19 web page as we are constantly updating it with new information and resources for the community.
• During the mid-semester break if you have elementary or even younger middle school children you might want to check out the ES Treasure Trove website (found on the Covid-19 web page) as it is full of information, websites, and ideas for parents to entertain and engage their children at home.
• We will communicate with parents as soon as we hear from the MOE regarding whether or not the school closings will continue past April 1st. Dalat does not come back from our break until April 5th so our hope is that we will be able to start back up face to face classes on that first Monday. If not we will communicate with parents and students on how to start back up through our online education.
I know these are uncertain and challenging times for us and the world. We simply have not experienced this before and so there are so many unknowns and questions. Please know that Dalat and its staff are working hard to help your children through these uncertain times. Our hope is that these drastic steps the country is taking will make a difference (flatten the curve) and that we will begin to move back towards a more “normal” life very soon.
All the best to you and your family,
Head of School
Dalat International School
Tuesday, 17 March, 2020
Email to Parents: We are having school this morning and you are encouraged to have your children join us for the last day of school this week. Starting tomorrow and for the remainder of the week we will not be in session. The following two weeks (March 21st to April 5th) was our originally scheduled break which will help us navigate the “Movement Control Order” that Malaysia has enacted until April 1st. If there is a need for Malaysia to extend the school closings past our mid semester break we will communicate with you and your family in regards to continuing your children’s education online.
As previously planned, tomorrow we will not have any online education expectations for our students. This will give our staff time to prepare and plan. We will communicate both to you and your children in regards to the transition to online education for the last couple of days this week. Continue to go to our Covid-19 page as it is updated often with information and helpful resources.
I saw the statement below on a social media post and thought I would share it. It truly helped me have a paradigm shift regarding the “movement control order” and gave me a new perspective for today.
Monday, 16 March, 2020
Email 3 to Parents: There might be some confusion based on the PM’s speech tonight and also a press conference video that is being shared around the internet (it looks like it is actually from a press conference in Sarawak).
According to the PM’s address this evening schools will be closed starting on Wednesday. Along with SCIPS, POWIIS, Tenby, Uplands and other international schools in Penang, Dalat is planning to have school tomorrow. As always if you are concerned and would rather keep your child at home that is up to you and your decision.
We will continue to communicate timely updates through email and on our Covid-19 webpage throughout this week and the mid semester break.
Email 2 to Parents: With the directive from MOE (Ministry of Education) to curtail extra events we have made the following changes for this coming week:
- The NHS and NJHS ceremonies this week are postponed.
- The sports practices and open gyms for this week have been cancelled.
- The class registration meetings for 9th grade and 8th grade will be done electronically (please look for communication from the HS principal and counselor).
- MS X-blocks and D League (practice and games) are cancelled for this week.
- The U13 boys vs varsity girls soccer game has been cancelled.
- Parents and students are encouraged to head home when school is finished at the end of each day if they do not need to be on campus.
- Battle of the Books will still take place in the ES on Wednesday. However this will not be open to spectators only those directly involved in the event.
- The Boy Scouts meeting on Tuesday night has been cancelled.
- The Student led worship on Tuesday night has been cancelled.
- End of season celebration game/event for girls soccer and varsity basketball will take place but will be internal and on campus.
- HS X-blocks will be at the teachers discretion this week.
- Friday night open campus will be cancelled and campus closed for mid semester break after school.
- There might be other cancellations later in the week to other events planned and will be communicated at the divisional level.
- Parents might also receive information directly from their divisional principals regarding changes for this week.
Email 1 to Parents: New developments with Covid-19 and we wanted to update you on how it is impacting our community this week. Over the weekend the number of cases of the virus in the country jumped up by 190. This is obviously a concern, but it does appear that this took place mainly in KL. We have seen the number in Penang go from 2 to 7 but not the dramatic rise we see elsewhere in the country. That said we do not know what will happen this week in regards to cases so need to do our best to be prepared.
Here are some important understandings to be aware of this week:
- As mentioned in the Dalat News last week the school has determined that we will close based on two situations. One is that we have been asked to close by the MOE or MOH and the other is that we have a confirmed case with a student, staff member, or parent who has been on campus recently. This continues to be our philosophy for the coming week.
- Every morning and throughout the day we are in constant communication with the other international schools on the island. The heads of school met last week and will do so again this week to keep the lines of communication open.
- We understand that families have different levels of concern related to the virus and want to support that. As mentioned at the beginning of this situation, if a parent feels concern regarding their children being at school they can choose to keep them home. We also understand that in this situation that our normal absence policy needs to be much more flexible. No student should come to school with any flu like symptoms because of “grades” or our absence expectations.
- If anyone in your family shows any flu like symptoms we ask that you self-quarantine your family from school for the safety of the community. Please make us aware so that we know why your child is not in school and keep us updated on your family’s situation.
- Over the weekend the MOE did ask schools to cancel or modify the extra-curricular activity to lessen the amount of events where large people are gathering. We are getting more clarification from them this morning but you can expect that there will be changes and cancellations this week.
- If Dalat does close this week the first day following the closing will be a professional development day for the teachers to transition over to online education and there will not be any educational expectations for our students that first day.
Please continue to check our Covid-19 web page as it is being updated constantly with more information, updates, and resources. We will continue to update you as new developments take place.
Sunday, 15 March, 2020
Online Posting: Here is a resource recently created by the Malaysiakini.com to help track the Corona Virus specifically in Malaysia. It also has a lot of resources and information about the virus that could be helpful.
Thursday, 12 March, 2020
Due to COVID-19, Malaysia has issued an incoming travel ban for Iran, Italy, and South Korea effective Friday (March 13). Dalat parents should be aware of this in respect to any immediate travel plans to these nations—especially for the upcoming Spring Break.
All Iranian, Italian and South Korean nationals will be barred from entering Malaysia in those respective countries and other foreigners who have visited these three countries will also be prohibited from coming in. Malaysians returning from these countries after the said date would also be quarantined for 14 days.
Source: The Star
Monday, 9 March, 2020
Dalat is hosting the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on campus this coming Saturday, 14 March. Students from other countries will be traveling to Malaysia for this college entrance exam. Dalat will admit foreign students who have been allowed entrance into Malaysia. We will screen those visitors for temperature, and offer hand sanitizer to all participants.
The Malaysian Ministry of Education has banned all school trips for local schools outside of the country.
Island Hospital, General Hospital and three other local hospitals are now conducting testing at their facilities.
Thursday, 5 March, 2020
Dalat News Article: We are continuing to closely monitor the changing conditions related to COVID-19. Our first priority is the health and safety of our families, and have added a few policies this week to promote that.
We have also seen several countries in Asia close schools for a significant amount of time as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus. At this time, the government in Malaysia has not mandated any school closings. However, Dalat is already taking steps to prepare for this possibility. Each division, elementary, middle and high school, is planning for online learning options in the event that school has to be closed for a period of time.
Here is a summary of the most recent changes in school procedures.
- Temperature screening for all visitors to campus.
- International student trips cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
- X blocks and KICS will be cancelled on Tuesday, March 10, only. This is to allow time for teachers to plan online learning options.
- Elementary parent meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2:00-3:00 in Harbor Hall. This will be a time to train elementary parents in the online learning systems Dalat will use if school is closed due to the virus.
To stay updated on current policies, procedures, and information related to COVID-19, please visit the dedicated portion of the Dalat website.
Monday, 2 March, 2020
Email to Parents: Based on the rapidly changing situation, the potential impact on students and families, and the uncertainties involved, Dalat has decided to cancel all student trips outside of Malaysia for the remainder of this school year. School trips within Malaysia will continue as scheduled.
Saturday, 29 February, 2020
Email to Parents: We are continuing to monitor the situation with COVID-19 throughout the world. We want to be prudent and wise in our actions, careful to not let fear drive our responses. Some countries have set or expanded travel bans on visitors from certain countries or with certain passports.
The Malaysian ministry of health has recently recommended that Malaysians not travel to affected areas, including South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, and China. Thailand is also imposing some restriction on travelers from Malaysia. At this time, we are recommending that Dalat families postpone travel to these countries over the upcoming mid-semester break, as travel for some has already resulted in mandatory two week quarantines upon return.
The situation changes daily, so please stay informed and use discernment to make the best decisions for your family.
Tuesday, 28 January, 2020
Email to Parents: Dalat is asking the help and cooperation of all families and staff as we navigate through this challenging time of uncertainty. Please read, follow and understand the following information, and also share this with your students.
- If your child is sick, keep him/her at home. especially with any kind of fever.
- Elementary teachers are doing temperature screening of students each morning. If a student does have a temperature they should be sent to nurse Jan. There is a possibility that we may need to do temp screening in all divisions later if the situation in Malaysia worsens.
- Please do not spread rumors and salacious stories about the virus. Trust but verify when people tell you stories about the virus. individuals.
- Teachers have hand sanitizers and ask their students to use it. Please encourage your child to use it throughout the day (lunch, etc).
- We are asking families who recently travelled to infected areas to self-quarantine.
- Students will be allowed to wear masks at school.
Resources for Parents / Children
WHO DO I CONTACT
- If you have any medical concerns, please get medical advice immediately.
- For general medical questions only, please contact the nurse’s office at email@example.com.
- If you have any information regarding student travel to and from mainland China, South Korea, Italy that may impact the school, contact any of the school administrators.
- School Administrator emails are as follows:
March 16th-20th – Dalat has cancelled off site and inter-school activities and reduced extra-curricular activities and events on campus. Dalat continues to do temperature screening of visitors to campus as well as all elementary students each day. Any parent or student who has travelled to a highly infected area or has possibly been somewhere that has had Covid-19 exposure are asked to self-quarantine from campus.
Dalat is encouraging good hygiene among all students and providing hand sanitizer in each classroom. Students who appear unhealthy are being screened by the school nurse and sent home if found to have flu like symptoms.
Your child is welcome to wear a face mask at school, but it is not required.
Dalat will continue to follow directives of the Ministry of Education. If they officially direct international schools to close, Dalat will close temporarily.
This depends on the MOE directives. Dalat will close for the length of time directed by the government.
Your children are in no greater danger of COVID-19 at Dalat than they are anywhere else.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself and your family from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
In the event of a required school closing, Dalat teachers are preparing for online schooling.
High school students should be fairly self-sufficient in this, while younger students will need more support. Middle and high school students will be using DISCourse, which they are already familiar with.
Elementary students will be using See-Saw. There will be an elementary parent training on Thursday, March 12, at 2:00. Elementary parents should contact Ms. Lori Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for specific help with See-Saw.
Dalat expects parents to take reasonable precautions to keep all students healthy. This includes keeping your children home when they are sick. Parents should also encourage healthy practices, including hand washing, healthy eating, and plenty of sleep.
Dalat will share updates through official school channels, this primarily includes the weekly Dalat News, direct emails to parents when necessary, and this page on our website. We encourage all of our community to read such things regularly to stay abreast of the current situation.
Dalat International School is following guidelines from the Malaysian government. Any visitors from areas which have been mandated for quarantine by Malaysia will also be required to wait two weeks before entering the school from date of arrival to Malaysia.
Only visitors who have a scheduled appointment (and go through a pre-screening process) may enter the campus for admissions purposes. We are not taking walk-ins. All scheduled visitors (for admissions) undergo a temperature screening upon arrival at the front office.
If you are a Dalat family who has family or friends visiting, we ask that you follow these guidelines. Before having your visitor go to elementary classrooms or public areas, please be sure they are free from any symptoms of illness; if health is in question or if they are from an affected area not under quarantine, please have their temperature screened at the front office.
Dalat is not making any adjustments to events on campus at this time. If COVID-19 becomes prevalent in our community, Dalat will reconsider this decision.
Tips for Fact Checking Coronavirus “News”:
Don’t Get it From Social Media:
Do not get your information about the Coronavirus from social media. The majority of the news about the Coronavirus in social media is fake or false in some way. There are claims that possibly up to 80% of coronavirus news on social media is either fake or has false information in it.
Do Not Spread It:
Any coronavirus news that you got from social media or from word of mouth should not be spread until you have checked it out first. Do not become part of the problem of fake news.
Check it Out First:
If someone starts a sentence with the phrase “I heard. . . . . .” regarding the coronavirus do not believe it completely until you have checked it out first. Do not under any circumstances spread that information on to others until you have first checked it out.
Clarify With Friends:
You can talk about the coronavirus with friends and family but only do so if what you are saying is confirmed first by reputable organizations or letting them know what you are saying came from social media and is therefore suspect.
Take the Steps:
When you hear or read something about the coronavirus and you want to know if it is true do some fact checking first. Here is the steps to being a fact checker:
- Look to see if you can find out where the information is coming from and is it a reliable source? Do not believe it until you can verify it in some way.
- Use fact-checking sites to see if they have information about what you have heard/read. There is a list of them below specifically related to the Coronavirus.
- Take a key word from the story and then add the words “fake news” and do a search on Google to see if you get any hits.
- Fact Checking Websites
In response to this ongoing public health emergency, Johns Hopkins University developed an interactive web-based dashboard (static snapshot shown below) hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) to visualize and track reported cases in real-time.
There are so many sources of stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s normal to feel some anxiety when a global infectious disease is beginning to impact every part of your life. In this area of our corona virus updates page we want to provide some additional resources, either article or video, to help you cope with this added stress.
The below links are subject to change without notice.
The below links are subject to change without notice.
Stay tuned to this section for information and resources when we go online…
In light of recent news related to the COVID-19 virus, Dalat staff are working hard to prepare contingency plans that will facilitate a transition to online learning from 18th March, 2020 as per directives from the Malaysian government (See status updates above for 17th March & 16th March)