KAS Returns In-Person for G1-G12

虎年快樂! Happy Year of the Tiger! I hope that all our KAS families, faculty, and staff have enjoyed time with family and friends. 

虎年快樂!我希望所有高雄美國學校的家庭,教職員、大家都跟家人和朋友渡過了愉快的時光。

I’m writing to confirm that we will open our campus for in-person learning only for grades 1–12 on Monday, February 7. On Saturday the Mayor announced that private and public PK and K programs cannot open for in-person learning until February 14. This is to limit community transmission of the omicron variant in Kaohsiung City. 

我寫這封信是要跟大家確認,我們學校2月7日,星期一,只開放給1到12年級的學生親自到校上課。星期六高雄市長宣布私立、公立幼兒園-PK和K延遲到2月14日才能親自到校上課。這是為了限制高雄市Omicron變種病毒的社區傳染。

Therefore, we will have a ‘soft start’ for online learning for our PreK and Kindergarten classes on Monday, February 7. On that day, offline activities and other information will be sent to parents by our early childhood and specialist teachers as early as possible. On Tuesday, a regular schedule of online synchronous and offline asynchronous activities will begin for PreK and Kindergarten learners. Our community handbook for “virtualKAS” is being translated now and will be available in Mandarin soon. In that handbook, we have detailed information about our online program, and our expectations for teachers, students, and families when we’re learning online. 

因此,我們將在2月7日,星期一為我們的 PreK 和K的班級進行線上上課的的“軟啟動”。當天,我們的班導師和專業教師會儘快將離線活動和其他資訊發送給家長。 週二,PreK和K班的學生將開始定期時間在線“同步”和離線“異步”活動。 我們的“virtualKAS”家長手冊正在翻譯中,很快就會提供給家長。 在該手冊中,我們會有更多關於線上學習課程的詳細資料,還有當我們轉為線上上課時對教師、學生和家庭的期望。

Next week, only required parent meetings will be allowed on campus, following the rules for entering that we already have in place. Activities and sports are canceled after school for the first week of February, and we’ll make a decision soon about the coming weeks. Masks are required when lecturing in the classroom and in PE lessons, for the time being. The partitions will remain up in our dining halls. 

下星期,依照我們已經制定的入校規則,只允許在校園內舉行必要的家長會。 2 月第一個星期的課後活動和運動練習已被取消,我們很快的,將就接下來的幾週做出決定。 在課堂上和體育課上課時目前暫時需要配戴口罩。 我們的餐廳也將持續使用隔板。

Parents, if your child is unwell or has any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home. You can also use a rapid test at home for screening if someone has symptoms. If a student becomes symptomatic during the day we will isolate the student and send them home as quickly as possible. Please remember that an infected person may show just one, some, or even none of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Dry / wet cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body/joint pain
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

各位家長,如果您的孩子不舒服或是有任何COVID-19的症狀,請將孩子留在家中。如果有出現症狀,您也可以在家中使用快篩檢測進行篩檢。 如果學生在白天出現症狀,我們將隔離學生並儘快將他們送回家。 請記住,感染者可能只表現出以下一種、一些或甚至沒有這些症狀:

  • 發燒或發冷
  • 乾咳/濕咳
  • 呼吸急促或呼吸困難
  • 胸部持續疼痛或壓力
  • 疲勞
  • 肌肉或身體/關節疼痛
  • 頭痛
  • 味覺或嗅覺喪失
  • 喉嚨痛
  • 鼻塞或流鼻涕
  • 噁心或嘔吐
  • 腹瀉

We will continue to monitor the health and safety situation and if anything changes to ease or to tighten restrictions in the city, we will inform everyone as quickly as we can. 

我們將繼續監控健康和安全情況,如果高雄市有任何變化可以放寬限制或是緊縮限制,我們將盡快通知大家。

Our PTA Meeting will be held on Zoom at 2 PM on Tuesday, February 8 at this Zoom room and I hope that many KAS parents can join us. 

我們的PTA 家長會 會議將於 2 月 8 日星期二下午 2 點在 以Zoom room 型式舉行,我希望許多 KAS 家長可以加入我們。

In solidarity,

Jim Laney

The Ministry of Education has issued no further guidance before the Lunar New Year, so we are continuing in-person learning on campus. All after-school activities have been postponed, so students are expected to leave campus at the end of the school day.

On Wednesday 26 January, there will be an early dismissal for our teachers to work together, and all KAS students should leave the campus at 1:30 PM. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Best regards,

Jim Laney
Head of School

Dear Parents,
親愛的家長您好:

I am pleased to inform the parent community that the local Board of Education has approved our plans to open the campus to parent visitors for special events, for appointments, or for organized meetings.
我很高興地通知家長您們,高雄市教育局已批准我們讓家長入校園拜訪的計劃,以便進行特殊活動、事先約見或安排好的會議。

You will need an appointment to talk with a teacher or to attend a meeting on campus. Upon entering, parents must also have their temperature measured and scan the government’s QR Code for contact tracing requirements. 

您需要預約才能與老師面談或參加校園會議。 進入校園時,父母必須接受體溫量測並掃描簡訊實聯制的QR Code,以達到接觸者健康追蹤管理需求。

Concerts, sports games, grade-level informational meetings, and other events with larger parent numbers are also possible now. To attend a larger event, parents must fill in a Visitor Access Form (in English or Chinese) to enter the campus.

音樂會、體育賽事、各年級家長說明會以及其他大型家長可參與的活動現在都可以開放。要參加學校大型活動的家長必須填寫訪客表格(英文或中文皆可)方可進入校園。 

December 10 Winter Concert

The new BOE guidance means that parents are able to attend our Christmas Concert in the afternoon of December 10. There will be no parking available on campus on that day. Parents will be allowed on campus at 1:00 PM, 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the Elementary Concert. Parents are only allowed to go to the theater and not to the classrooms. When the Elementary Concert ends, we must clear the Theater for disinfection procedures as per CECC guidelines. Parents will be allowed into the theater at 3:15 for the 3:30 MS/HS Concert.
新的教育局規範意味著家長可以在 12 月 10 日下午參加我們的聖誕音樂會。校園內將不提供停車位。 家長可以在小學音樂會開始前 30 分鐘,即是下午 1點進入校園。 家長只能到音樂廳,不可以進入教室。當小學部音樂會結束時,根據 CECC的規範,我們必須清理音樂廳進行消毒。 家長可以在下午3點15分後進入校園內參加3點30分的 MS/HS 音樂會。 

I am pleased that parents can come on campus for sports, concerts and other events. We are partners in your child’s learning adventures, and for too long that partnership has been limited because of the coronavirus. Thank you for your support and patience. I look forward to seeing many of you at KAS in the future.
我很開心家長可以進來學校參加體育賽事、音樂會以及其他大型活動。我們是孩子學習旅程上的夥伴,然而因為防疫的關係,我們的合作關係一直受到限制。感謝您的支持與耐心,我很期待以後可以在KAS校園內看到您。

Best regards,

Jim LaneyJr.,

Head of School

I hope you are enjoying a quiet weekend. I am writing to all parents to follow up on the recent pandemic restrictions announced by Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Qi Mai. 

我希望您正享受著寧靜的週末。我正在寫信給各位家長,以跟進高雄市市長陳其邁最近宣布的防疫措施。

Our current practice is to allow parents to drop off or pick up their children inside our main gate. We consider this to be safer than having drop off or pick up on the sidewalk outside, so we will continue this practice. Please keep your distance and wear your mask at all times when you are there. 

我們目前的做法是允許家長在學校的大門內接送孩子。 我們考量這比在外面的人行道上上下車更安全,因此我們將繼續這種做法。 請保持距離,並請您在那裡時一直戴著口罩。

Parents may not enter the campus buildings to attend a meeting, to go to the Business Office, to visit a classroom, or for other reasons. If you need to conduct any business at the school before September 25, please make arrangements to meet outside or online. 

家長不得進入校園大樓參加會議、或是前往財務辦公室、參觀教室或出於其他原因。 如果您需要在9月25日之前在學校辦理各項事務,請安排在外面或線上會議。

We are not planning field trips or large assemblies or gatherings with our learners during the next two weeks, and we will be careful to follow our normal protocols: washing hands, wearing masks, watching our distances. 

學校在接下來的2週不會計畫安排學生的校外教學或是大型的集會,而且我們將謹慎遵守我們正常的防疫措施:勤洗手,戴口罩,維持社交距離。

Also a quick reminder: all students should leave the campus immediately at the end of the school day if they are not in an approved, supervised activity. This includes our high school students. 

還有一個快速的提醒: 如果沒有參加學校所核准,有教師監督的活動,所有的學生都必須在放學後立即離開學校。這包括了高中部的學生。

These are difficult times, but if we cooperate and work together we can keep learning on campus with minimal disruption, and we can keep the KAS community healthy and safe. We will keep you informed if and when any changes to the current restrictions that apply to our school are made. 

這是艱困的時期,但如果我們一起合作並共同努力,我們就可以在校園內繼續學習並將干擾降到最低,同時我們可以保持 KAS 社區的健康和安全。如果到時候有對於適用我們學校目前防疫措施進行任何更動,我們將會通知您。

In hope and solidarity,

Jim Laney Jr.,

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