The Covid-19 crisis is slowly being brought under control in Korea due to the enduring, outstanding efforts of the Korean government and personnel. Despite this, as can be seen in its announcement today, the Ministry of Education is still of the position that the schools from kindergartens to high school should not re-open physically, but start E-Learning in view of the danger of schools acting as breeding grounds and conduits of the coronavirus. The Korean government is focusing on containing the virus, minimizing the new confirmed cases of infection.
Following these guidelines and as mentioned in the previous notification, HFS will implement E-Learning from Monday 6 April for a period of 3 weeks with the hope of opening the school on Monday 27 April, but we will monitor the situation and decide closer to the time whether or not this will be feasible.
The E-Learning classes will follow the normal timetable as closely as possible using Google Classroom and Meets systems that were instituted previously since students and teachers are now familiar with them. Specialist subject lessons (Art, Music and Korean), as well as ESL and assemblies will still take place as per the regular timetable. PE classes will be designated as outdoor play time. Library sessions will be designated as reading time and the school library will be open in the regularly allocated class time slots for parents to bring their child in to borrow and exchange books. The school library will also be open in the afternoons between 3:30 to 4:30 pm in lieu of club activities.
To make-up for the school closure and loss of in-class instruction, HFS will continue to conduct teaching for 3 weeks past the originally scheduled closing date of 26 June up until Friday 17 July. Hopefully by then this crisis will have passed and we will be back to regular, face to face teaching.
Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience as we work through these challenging times.