Below is a letter from the Education Bureau of Dongguan. The letter is dated January 31st, 2020. The translation is provided by TLC International School on February 1st, 2020. The translation is for reference only. The original Chinese text takes precedence.
Today is the seventh day of the Chinese New Year. Let us take the opportunity to wish you a happy New Year!
The sudden outbreak of the new coronavirus has disrupted the pace of our study and life. The news of the epidemic has dominated the headlines of all major media outlets as well as grabbed the attention of us all. Since the outbreak, we have been concerned about the teachers, students, and parents across the city, especially the students and parents in the affected areas of the epidemic. We sincerely wish all the teachers, students, and parents to remain safe and in good health.
We also know that many parents, while responding to the call of taking precautions against the outbreak, have some confusion and questions regarding the holiday and the study life of the new semester: Will the start of school be delayed in Dongguan as the start date is approaching? If school starts later, what happens to the child’s studies? What can parents do for their children? Can the child attend extra classes in a training institution? How to ensure the safety of students returning from Hubei as well as classmates who may come into contact with them? …
- 开学日期渐渐临近，东莞会不会延迟开学？School starting date is approaching, will Dongguan delay the start of the semester?
In order to stop the spreading of the epidemic to campuses and ensure the welfare of teachers and students, the ministry of education and the Guangdong provincial government have issued a notice regarding the postponement of the start of the spring semester of 2020, making it clear that primary, middle, high schools, and kindergartens in our province will not start before February 17. We will determine the specific start time after scientific research and judgment according to the epidemic situation and prevention and control situation. To make it easier for everyone to get ready, the official start time will be announced at least one week in advance. Therefore, in order to prevent and control the epidemic, please limit going outside and only do so for essential reasons. Parents and students who are still in other places do not have to worry about returning to Dongguan hastily.
- 延迟开学期间，孩子的学习怎么办？How to deal with the children’s study during the school term postponement period?
Please rest assured that the education department and the school are thinking ahead to prevent a scenario where no school means no learning for students. If it’s impossible to have a face-to-face class, we will start online classes, so that children are able to learn at home. We have also developed a special online teaching program for high school and middle school graduates. Even for high school and middle school graduating students, there is no need to worry! The online class will be instigated on February 10 for high school graduate students and February 17 for middle school graduate students. We will inform you as soon as possible about the specific learning methods in the online classroom.
*Please note that the information regarding online classes is a recommendation to local Chinese schools. TLC has its own plan and dates for online classes.
- 假期延长，家长可以为孩子做些什么？What can parents do for their children during the extended holiday?
In order to prevent and control the new coronavirus infection of pneumonia, many families have chosen to stay at home. We encourage you to take this unique opportunity to spend time with your children and strengthen the bond of family, whose importance is highlighted in light of the current situation. It is suggested that parents make good use of this holiday to cultivate the parent-child relationship, do a good job in parent-child learning and reading, and guide your children to love the motherland, care for compatriots, respect nature, care for their families and cherish life. Prevention and control of the epidemic can also become a life education lesson for the growth of children.
- 可不可以让孩子去培训机构参加培训？Can my child go to a training institution to attend extra classes?
In order to be effective in epidemic prevention and control, the city has required all education and training institutions to stop all kinds of offline teaching activities from January 24, 2020. In order to reduce the risk of infection, we hereby appeal to you to avoid sending your children to training institutions for health and safety. Parents are also welcome to report any violations by training institutions.
- 从湖北返莞的家长同学该怎样做才最安全? What is the protocol for parents and students returning from Hubei province?
We have been paying close attention to the teachers and parents in Hubei, especially in Wuhan. We hope everyone can return to Dongguan safely. A few days ago, the Dongguan Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement regarding the returnees from Hubei province. According to the requirements of disease prevention and control, parents and students coming back from Hubei province must act with a sense of responsibility for their health and others around them. Hence, they must immediately report to the community, report to their core teacher, and conduct themselves in strict accordance with the guidelines of home quarantine. They may return to school once they have been cleared because they are virus-free. During this period of academic problems, the school will have guidelines and arrangements, please rest assured! According to relevant laws and regulations, you may be liable for concealing relevant information or failing to implement prevention and control measures as required, resulting in the expansion of the epidemic or other major losses.
- 如果有问题咨询或情况反映，我可以联系谁？Who can I contact if I have any questions or feedback?
If you have any questions or feedback, please report to your core teacher. If you have any worries or anxieties, please contact the school counselor. Please remain in communication with your core teacher. At the same time, in order to fight the outbreak prevention and control and for the health of your children and classmates, we need to know the situation of each student. If teachers often ask you to fill in forms, reports, or even call you to learn about your child’s physical, academic and life conditions, please be sure to understand, support, and take the initiative to cooperate. A sense of collective responsibility to each other is paramount at this time, whether from those on the front lines, or those working behind the scenes to ensure this epidemic is overcome.
Reminder of Legal Responsibility and Obligations
On January 20th, 2020, with the approval of the state council, pneumonia infected by the new coronavirus was classed as a B class infectious disease stipulated in the law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases and measures were taken to prevent and control this becoming an A class infectious disease.
Article 12 of the law of the People’s Republic of China on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases stipulates that all units and individuals within the territory of the People’s Republic of China must accept such preventive and control measures as investigation, examination, sample collection, isolation and treatment of infectious diseases by Institutions for Disease Control and Prevention and medical institutions, and truthfully provide relevant information. Any unit or individual that, in violation of the provisions of this law, contributes to or causes the spread of infectious disease and causes damage to the person or property of another person shall bear civil liability according to the law.
Article 330 of the criminal law stipulates: whoever, in violation of the provisions of the Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, refuses to carry out the preventive or control measures proposed by the Institution for Disease Control and Prevention in accordance with the Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, thus causing the spread of A class infectious diseases or causing serious danger of transmission, shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years or criminal detention; If the consequences are especially serious, he or she shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years but no more than seven years.
Please be assured that we are working in the best interests of the people. We ask for your co-operation and support as we combat this virus together. We look forward to the end of this dark season and the return of a harmonious life.
Dongguan Education Bureau
January 31, 2020
Stay safe and well-informed!
Head of School