Dear KAS Families,
KAS is a unique school in many ways. We are truly a global community, with almost all of our graduates attending overseas universities in places like the USA and Europe. You may be aware that most of these universities have switched to online instruction, and many have directed students to leave campus. As a result, we have more family members coming back into our community than ever before, through no choice or fault of their own.
As you know, our Response Team and Board of Directors have been working diligently to keep KAS safe for students. Our faculty, staff, and our cleaning team have worked tirelessly to ensure that students are safe and that we attend to their emotional health as well. At the same time, the circumstances outside of KAS are evolving quickly, and we have to be proactive to keep our community safe.
Effective tomorrow, Friday 3/20, KAS will switch to Digital Days. We will learn using online instruction for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. Parent / Teacher conferences on Wednesday are cancelled. Our WASC community update today is cancelled, as are today’s after school activities.
We plan to return our learning to classrooms on Monday, 4/6. Our Response Team will continue meeting regularly to review and discuss data from reliable, official sources. We will continue to collaborate closely with our Board of Directors. We will continue to keep you fully informed.
This decision was made this morning, and we realize the difficulty the quick timing places on students, families, faculty and staff. We would prefer to continue with normal classroom instruction, or even to start Digital Days later. However, safety remains the top priority, and after careful consideration we feel strongly we must take this action to protect our students and our community.
We are fortunate that we were the first school in Taiwan to switch to Digital Days, and are fortunate to have reflected on lessons learned previously to make the upcoming Digital Days even better. We have already shown our resolve as a community throughout this entire COVID-19 situation, and you can count on KAS to continue taking every possible step to safeguard our students and our community.
In the time ahead you will receive more information from your Principals and Teachers. Please do contact us with any questions that you may have.
Dr. Ben Ploeger
Kaohsiung American School
Digital Days begin tomorrow, Friday, 3/20
Dear KAS Families,