Dear KAS Families,
I am writing to share difficult news with you, especially as we approach spring break.
The Ministry of Education has announced rules that prohibit PK-12 students, faculty, and staff from going abroad through the end of the school year. The last day of school for students at KAS is June 11, meaning that students are prohibited from going abroad until after school concludes on that day.
The Ministry of Education’s announcement states that those who need to go abroad for special reasons may apply to the Ministry of Education for permission, but we do not yet know what qualifies as a special reason. At this time we are not aware of any plan to extend these restrictions further into the summer.
As previously announced, all students who have traveled outside of Taiwan within the last 14 days must conduct either home quarantine or self-health management, depending on the location. As with other foreign schools in Taiwan, we are extending these requirements to further protect students and the community.
Effective immediately, the 14 day home quarantine / self-health management, depending on the location of travel, will now extend to the following students:
-If a student arrives from overseas
-If a member of the student’s household arrives from overseas
-If the student’s family is hosting a visitor who arrives from overseas
-Please note that our campus remains a closed campus. Students, faculty, and staff are permitted onto campus, but anybody else must make an appointment in advance. This is to ensure we can conduct all health procedures effectively.
I know this is very difficult news to hear. Even though we support the government’s efforts to keep us safe from COVID-19, we recognize that these measures create hardship for families.
Our Response Team meets every day. We are prepared for evolving circumstances, whether that means continuing with our current program, switching to Digital Days if circumstances worsen, or welcoming visitors back to campus if circumstances improve.
With the strong support of the community, we have been successful so far in keeping students, faculty, staff, and community safe. We can continue this into the future by continuing to work together as a caring community.
Though we have been through much, and we have hard times ahead of us, I remain inspired by the strength of our community. We have proven that we can come together to keep each other safe. We have proven that we can overcome difficult circumstances.
We know we can rely on each other as neighbors, colleagues, and friends. We know that we are stronger that these circumstances around us. We know that when the COVID-19 crisis ends, that we will emerge stronger than ever. You can count on KAS to continue taking every possible step to keep students safe, and you can count on us to continue with frequent and transparent communication.
Dr. Ben PloegerSuperintendent
Kaohsiung American School