Dear KAS Families 親愛的家長，
As a school community, we remain united in our fight against COVID-19. The safety of our students and community is the most important thing, and with everybody working together, we can keep our community safe. We will continue taking temperatures on entry, enhanced disinfection measures, closed campus, and other efforts until further notice. Please see here and here for more details about some of the steps we are taking. Our Response Team continues meeting daily to enhance our safety measures here at the school.
The CECC has enacted new quarantine restrictions regarding travel to South Korea. These can be found here. Any student with recent travel to South Korea must follow these procedures.
After-school activities resume tomorrow, but we will continue with our closed campus. That means that visitors and parents may still enter campus only by appointment and that the parking garage remains closed to non-employees. Because of the ongoing closed campus, the Superintendent Afternoon Tea for March is cancelled, but we will follow with the next scheduled event.
Looking ahead, for safety and to ensure student learning, KAS faculty and staff have already been asked to refrain from travel to regions affected by quarantine requirements related to COVID-19, including over spring break. As you already know, KAS faculty and staff were working even more than full time during Digital Days to ensure quality online instruction. For that reason, as students and teachers are now fully engaged in classroom instruction, we would not be able to provide Digital Days in cases where classrooms are open but individual students are subject to quarantine. Such cases would be treated as a normal excused absence, and could disrupt learning.
With the safety of students and the KAS Community in mind, I wholeheartedly ask families to seriously reconsider any travel plans to quarantine-affected countries during spring break. The most important consideration is safety, and learning is also important. Please strongly consider the risks to your family and your school community that can come from travel to any quarantine-affected region.
All KAS students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow all government quarantine and health requirements. Accordingly, we may require another travel questionnaire to be completed before students return from spring break.
In the spirit of keeping students safe, we thank you for your cooperation with the closed campus and we recognize the difficulties this creates, especially with traffic. Local regulations prohibit our private security from directing traffic on public streets, and so we ask for your help in following traffic laws during drop-off and pick-up. We hope to fully reopen all of our campus as soon as possible, but we can not compromise on student safety.
Thank you for your part in keeping students safe. Together, we will win this fight against the risks from COVID-19.
Dr. Ben Ploeger
Kaohsiung American School