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5 May 2020

Message from Rob Shorthouse

Dear Parent

You may be aware that the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, today set out the timetable by which students at local schools can return to class. I wanted to write to you to quickly set out what this means for us here at ESF.

As Belinda Greer said to you in her last update, when we met with the Government last week, they told us that international schools, including ESF, may have a degree of flexibility in regards to how – and when – we bring our students back. We believe that we could mean us having, at least, our senior students back in school on or around May 20.

Doing this would depend on our ability to draw up return to school plans that meet health and safety criteria that will be set out in guidelines that are to be issued to us by the Centre for Health Protection.

We have not yet received those guidelines – and we do not expect to receive them until next week. While we have been working hard to get our schools ready to safely receive students, we cannot finalise our plans until we get those all-important safety guidelines. That means that we cannot yet give you firm dates as to when we might be able to get your children back into school.

However, the announcement today is yet another positive step forward. It is clear that there is a real determination to get students back to school as soon as possible.

When we are in a position to give you certainty on dates, we will contact you immediately. Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to get our schools safely open for as many students as possible.

 

Rob Shorthouse
Director of Communications and Strategy