Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
Firstly I would like to welcome you all back to Sha Tin College after what I hope has been a refreshing holiday. We will send out a celebratory welcome back newsletter on Monday, so be sure to watch out for that. I didn’t want to wait until then however, to make you aware of what we have been doing to ensure student safety and maintain normal operations in light of the current political protests.
- The College Senior Leadership Team met several times last week as well as meeting with the ESF Senior Leadership with a focus on ensuring schools continue to operate normally prioritising student and staff safety.
- The College and ESF Communications staff are closely monitoring the situation and providing us with up-to-date information on any planned disruption which may impact schools.
- Lockdown Procedures are part of our normal Health and Safety practices which would ‘lockdown’ the campus in the unlikely event that there were protests in the immediate environment of the school. We will rehearse another Lockdown Drill in the early part of this term so our new students know what to do in this scenario.
- Procedures are already in place, usually used during adverse weather circumstances, where students and staff would not be released from school if there were protests or disruption to travel at the end of the school day that would jeopardise student and staff safety.
- Please always check our website for the most up-to-date information. Emergency announcements will be clearly visible on the front page of our website.
- Staff are focused on providing a sense of normality and safety for students. Your children will be well cared for.
While we don’t want to panic any parent or student we do wish to reassure you that we are working closely with ESF and our fellow schools to ensure we are well planned and prepared for any scenario. While we hope school will not be disrupted by the protests we will need to take every situation as it comes.
As our students return to school it is evident that some of them are feeling anxious. I hope you find the information below helpful in supporting your children at home.
Supporting Your Child
Your children may experience feelings of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. This can be a normal part of adolescence. Given the current situation in Hong Kong, though, it may be that your child/children are unnerved and worried about events here in their home city.