We wrote to you earlier this week to let you know that we were meeting with the Hong Kong Government today to discuss the impact of the latest social distancing restrictions on ESF schools. We promised you that we would give you an update.
While there are many things for us to consider as a result of that meeting, the key point is that we do intend to start the new school year as planned from August 10 – but all classes that week will be delivered online. Students should not attend their school that week.
As you know, we have a great deal of experience of delivering our world class ESF education to students online. Our schools will be working hard over the next couple of weeks to put in place specific plans to ensure that we can get students settled into their new classes – or indeed their new school – and be ready to engage in their learning.
We know how important the early days and weeks of a new term are, so rest assured we will be giving it our full attention.
We are continuing to speak to the Government about when we can get students back into school. As the situation here in Hong Kong is moving so quickly, all we can tell you at this stage is that the earliest that this will happen is August 17 – and that this would be managed on a phased basis, with the oldest students back first. As soon as we know more, we will let you know.
Just to summarise: we will be starting the school year as planned, but all classes will be online in that first week. Students should not attend school.
As always, thank you for your support. We will be in touch with more information as soon as we have it.
Chief Executive Officer
English Schools Foundation