Dear teachers, parents, volunteers and students:
Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! On behalf of the Hope Chinese School Board, we wish you all a healthy and happy new year and success in your careers and studies.
The recent outbreak of coronavirus in China has rapidly spread to many areas. Two cases were confirmed in the United States and suspected cases have appeared in the Greater Washington area. As the largest chinese school system in DC Metro area, we need to remain vigilant. The executive committee of the Chinese School Board held an emergency conference call on the evening of January 23, 2020. All members seriously discussed the on-going situation and agreed to the following countermeasures:
All Hope Chinese Schools will remain open as usual. The decision is made based on the current, local public school emergency closing policies and procedures where each campus is located.
We fully respect the decision of any of our students and/or parents not to attend our weekend schools.
If anybody from the family recently came back from China, we ask you to please stay at home for at least two weeks. Teachers or volunteers who visited the epidemic area in the past month (Jan/Dec) or who have come in close contact with visitors from any epidemic area, should strictly implement the two-week isolation measures.
In addition, please do not go to school if you have any cold or flu symptoms even if you have not visited China or been in contact with anybody from China.
We hope everyone understands their responsibility to help keep the community safe and healthy. These precautions are in place for everyone's benefit.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the principal of your school district or the teacher of your class.
For the prevention and treatment of new coronavirus pneumonia, see the CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/prevention.html
Thank you for your cooperation! The new year presents us all with the opportunity to come together and be our best selves. In the face of this disease outbreak let us all remain vigilant and work together to keep the community safe and thriving.
Hope Chinese School Board