We hope you are enjoying a wonderful spring break! We miss seeing you, and look forward to seeing you soon.
Safety is very important to us at KAS, and with the Digital Days we completed before spring break, students will have been away from campus for over two weeks by the time we return to classrooms on Monday, April 6. We hope this time has been ample to allow proper precautions for any families who may have had relatives returning from overseas.
On behalf of the KAS team, I thank you for your partnership in education and also in preserving the safety of our community. The efforts have been successful to this point. We are heartened to have zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff thus far.
Each student will need to have a completed travel/health questionnaire completed before returning to school on Monday. Each student will need to bring proof of completion – either a printed copy of the form, or having it visible on a phone to show staff upon arrival. Please click ***here*** to complete the questionnaire.
After school activities will continue when we return to classrooms on Monday.
Here are some reminders of our procedures for keeping students safe.
For all students, PreK – 12, we will do the following:
對於全校所有學生，Pre-K ~ 12年級，我們將採取以下措施：
•All students’ temperatures will be scanned and noted upon entering the campus. Any student with a temperature above 37.0 C will be evaluated further and possibly sent home. Temperatures will be taken on the forehead.
•All students will be asked to wash their hands at the beginning of each school day and before and after eating.
•All teachers will deliver a review lesson on staying healthy at the beginning of the first day back.
•Teachers, counselors and principals will work with and support any students who are nervous about the reports they see in the media about this situation. We are sensitive to the fact that students need help processing this type of information, and we intend to help them through this.
For our campus, we are taking the following actions:
•All classrooms have liquid soap and disinfection spray available.
•We have added auto disinfection spray machines in our lobby, dining hall, media center, library, athletic complex, and auditorium.
•We have wiped all door handles with a bleach solution.
•Janitors will spray and door handles with a 75% alcohol/diluted bleach solution hourly during normal hours.
•After normal hours each day, janitors will mop desks, handrails, elevator buttons, floors, and toilets with a bleach solution,
•We have worked together with our bus companies to ensure ample disinfection supplies. Our bus company is disinfecting the surfaces in the buses every morning before picking up children, and again every afternoon before children board the buses to ride home.
•Our janitors always do a great job of cleaning and disinfecting the entire dining hall after students have completed lunch. However, they are now taking additional steps and promptly disinfecting tables before lunch periods and again as individual students finish their lunches.
For all parents, we ask for your help in the following:
•Please take your child(ren)’s temperatures before coming to school. If the temperature is above 37.0 C, that child should be kept at home for 24 hours.
•Campus will be closed to all visitors except those with appointments. If you have an appointment, please check in at the front desk, where your temperature will be taken.
•Only employees will be permitted to enter the parking garage. This is because we must ensure that we monitor the health and travel of all inside the KAS campus, and so we are not allowing visitors or any other unmonitored individuals inside the building.
•Parents may drive in, drop off children and leave campus through the exit gate right away.
•We ask all students to arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 as there will not be supervision and students will have to wait outside the school
•Parents will not be permitted to accompany children to their classrooms.
•PreK – grade 1 students will be dropped off at the door near the counselor offices and have their temperature taken before entering the building. Adults will be present to supervise children as they go to class.
PreK – 1年級學生們由靠近輔導辦公室的側門測量體溫後進入學校，校內的老師會陪伴孩子走到教室。
•All other students dropped off in the front will have their temperatures taken and will enter the school through the lobby. Parents will be asked not to go with them.
•Students entering through the back gate will have their temperatures taken there. Parents will be asked not to enter through the back gate.
•At the end of the day, PreK – grade 1 students will be escorted to the door near the counselor’s offices. Parents are asked to wait outside there until their children come out.
•All other students will be excused through the front doors of the lobby. Parents are asked to wait outside of those doors for their children.
•If parents wish for their children to wear masks, they may do so.
We recognize the difficulty these procedures can create, and thank you for your cooperation in following these so that we can continue keeping students safe.
Our Response Team continues meeting regularly, even during spring break. We will continue monitoring the circumstances and information available from reliable, official sources to determine what adjustments we may need to make in the future. We will continue doing everything we can to keep students safe, and we will continue keeping you informed. More information is available here: www.kas.tw/health-update
Enjoy the rest of spring break, and we will see you soon!
Dr. Ben Ploeger
Kaohsiung American School