Please click to watch the latest video update from Dulwich College Suzhou Headmaster, Mike O'Connor, 7 February 2020.
From DCI Chairman & CEO Fraser White, 4 February 2020:
I know many of you are understandably anxious and concerned at this time. The last two weeks have been fraught with uncertainty because of the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak.
We are all receiving updates ‘round-the-clock on new government guidance, travel advisories, additional measures – the list goes on.
Just as we have had to make many adjustments in our schools, we know that you are having to manage this across many fronts.
So, first and foremost, we want to say a big thank you for being so understanding, patient and supportive during this time.
Our school leaders and their teams have worked tirelessly over the Lunar New Year holiday to adjust to these very unusual and trying circumstances. Most have shortened their holidays, cancelled travel plans and given up family time so that we can get online learning up and running, and make all the necessary adjustments to school life for your child.
We understand that in times like these, you most critical worry is about the health, safety and well-being of your child – please know that these continue to be our topmost priorities.
While this is a challenging time for all of us, our community in each school – and indeed our family of schools around the world have risen to the occasion and have come together to lend support, ideas and solutions.
I am confident that with your partnership and the continued dedication of all our teams in school, we will be able to keep our children safe, healthy and learning during this time.
Your school and we shall send you regular updates on what our plans are. We ask for your patience as we adapt to what is a constantly and rapidly changing environment.
The Chinese authorities and authorities outside China are updating their requirements on an almost daily basis. You can assist us by keeping a constant eye on communications from your school and providing information that is requested by the authorities. In many of these cases, these requests for information are obligatory, so your assistance is absolutely essential.
I look forward to being able to welcome you back into our schools again when we are given the guidance by the relevant authorities to reopen and when we know it is absolutely safe for your child.
In the meantime, our teachers, staff and our full management team are here for you and your children.
You will hear from us shortly.