15 March 2020

Dear Parents,

Greetings from MISB!

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support during this most difficult COVID-19 crisis. You have been very supportive with all our communications and directives, communicated to you as per the MoE and MoPH with utmost patience and mutual respect.

However, keeping in mind the number of emails that the school has received expressing concerns and the spiraling number of suspect and confirmed cases in Bangkok, in a short span of time, the Senior management Team and the Senior Leadership Team, this morning, have  decided to close the school as a precautionary measure for COVID-19. The school will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th to Friday, March 27th and will tentatively reopen on Monday, March 30th, depending on what the situation would be at that time.

MISB affirms that as of today, March 15, 2020, there has been no suspect or confirmed cases of COVID-19. It is said that “Prevention is better than Cure”, therefore, the increasing number of cases by the day, especially in the past two days, has compelled us to take this decision so that we can prevent the spread of the virus and in the process safeguard the members of the MISB community.

To compensate for the regular classes at school, MISB will launch an e-learning program to ensure that the students remain focused on their learning during their time away from school. There will be school as usual tomorrow, Monday, March 16.  Students will need to collect all their books and other learning resources while going home, to facilitate online learning which will be started from Thursday, March 19.  Students will like this “new” way of learning together with the teacher and their classmates. Students will be briefed tomorrow as what they need to do.

As it is a new way of teaching and learning, the teachers will be trained on Tuesday, 17th March and Wednesday, 18th March. On Thursday 19th March, the teachers will do a trial online teaching class with the students at home. In view of this you will need additional information from us and you may also need to make some practical arrangements to access online learning which will be sent to all of you, on Monday, 16th March.

As this is the first time we would be embarking on online teaching and learning, we request you to bear with us, as it would require initial adjustment and solutions to likely hiccups. We do not consider these days as holidays but a precautionary measure to ensure teaching and learning continues to happen even while at home. Having said that, we request you not to travel during this time and keep away from crowds and public places so as to remain safe and avoid being exposed. As before, before returning to school on Monday provisionally, on Saturday, 28th March, parents will be required to submit the acknowledgement form and verify the original passport details, of all the members of the household. In this way we can rule out any travel undertaken by any member of the MISB community to High-risk countries. If any member of the family travels to any High-risk countries, please subject yourself to be self-quarantined for 14 days and follow regulations as directed by the Ministry of Public Health.

A detailed e-learning plan will be sent to you on Monday or Tuesday with necessary details, schedules of online classes for various Year groups and expectations as well. Until then, we request you for your continued support and understanding and thank you for working alongside us as one MISB family during these difficult times.

NOTE: For Year 11, 12 and 13, regarding the Second Mock exams, we still have two weeks to go. We shall keep you posted.

Thank you and be safe.

Principal

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