School Resumption Schedules

The Nursery School Day:

Due to the approval from the EDB & CHP our Nursery school day will run from 8:45am – 2:30pm. Please see attached images for each class’s individual timetable. On your child’s PE day please ensure they are wearing the appropriate uniform. Your child may also wear their PE kit on their Forest School day if they wish. Please continue to keep a spare set of uniform, underwear and socks clearly labelled with your child’s name in their school bag in case of accidents or exuberant water play. As Nursery students have multiple opportunities to explore outside learning areas it is useful to apply sunscreen and insect repellent before school. We will reapply sunscreen and insect repellent as necessary, if you do not wish for your child to use the provided sunscreen or insect repellent please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Class Timetables:

Nursery Full Days Timetable Term 3 2021 (2)

Nursery Drop-Off and Pick Up Times:

The gates will be opened at 8:40am and classroom doors will be opened at 8:45am. At the end of the Nursery day the gates will be open from 2:25pm and your child will be dismissed at 2:30pm. Once your child has been collected we kindly ask that you leave the campus swiftly to avoid overcrowding.

Morning Tea & Lunches:

During our Outdoor Experience between 9:30am – 10:15am children will have the opportunity to have Morning Tea. Morning Tea is provided by the school, we will be providing fresh fruit and vegetables alongside a choice of a breadstick, cracker or rice cake.

Nursery lunch will take place from 11:30am – 12pm in the dining hall or EY hall. We kindly request that children bring in their own lunch at the start of the school day and place it in the boxes provided. Please ensure your child can open their own lunch box independently and portion sizes are appropriate for the designated eating time. Please also be aware that we are a Nut Aware school and we kindly ask that no products containing nuts are brought onto the school premises. In line with our school Healthy Eating policy, we kindly ask that no sweets, candy or chocolate are to be consumed in school lunches.

Rest Time:

As stipulated by the EDB Nursery children are required to have a 30 minute rest to prepare them for afternoon learning. We will provide your child with their own rest time pillow, which we ask you to keep inside your child’s DBIS rucksack throughout the school week. We kindly ask that rest time pillows are returned to school on the last day of the term.

Education Bureau (EDB) and Centre for Health Protection (CHP) regulations:

To ensure the safety of the Nursery children and the Nursery Team we will continue to align with the policies from the EDB and CHP. Therefore it is essential that all children at school wear masks at all times on campus (other than during designated eating times or to drink water). We kindly request that all masks are clearly labelled with your child’s name and spare masks are kept in their school bag. Your child’s temperature is to be taken and recorded prior to school arrival. Temperature cards will be checked on the gate as you enter the EY campus and temperatures will be taken at the gate as you enter. We will continue to support children with washing and sanitizing their hands throughout the school day.

Library Books:

If you would like to borrow a library book for the week, please send your request via the link https://hub.dbis.edu.hk/bulletin/borrowing-books-from-the-early-years-library/

Communication:

Please continue to regularly visit the DBIS Parent Hub and read the school bulletins, as important information and Nursery updates will be posted there. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to your class teacher at the door or via the Seesaw Family App messaging function.

We would like to thank all our Nursery families for their support throughout a very challenging academic year. We are so excited to be finishing the school year with our full-day programme and look forward to days filled with awe, wonder and childhood!

The Nursery Team

Ms Brislen & Mrs Hepper, Ms McIntosh & Ms Fuchs,

Mrs Hill & Ms Gina, Mrs McCarthy, Ms Hyde & Ms Jackie

The Reception school day:

Our  Reception school day will run from 8:55am – 2:40pm. We have attached your child’s timetable and will also send you this via seesaw, so please have a look when specialist sessions such as PE and Forest School will take place.

Reception Full Days Timetable Term 3 2021

Reception drop off and pick up times:

To support social distancing and reduced congregation in shared areas, classroom doors will open for drop-off between 8:55am-9:00am. Likewise at the end of the Reception day the gates will be open to collect your children between 2:40-2:45pm. Once your child has been collected we kindly ask that you leave the campus swiftly to avoid overcrowding.

Morning Tea and Lunches:

During our morning Discovery time (10:00-10:45am) your child will have the opportunity to have a snack. Morning Tea is provided by school, we will be providing fresh fruit and vegetables alongside a choice of a breadstick, cracker or rice cake.

Reception lunch will take place from 12:10-12:30pm  in the dining hall or EY hall. We kindly request that children bring in their own lunch at the start of the school day and place it in the boxes provided. Please ensure your child can open their own lunch box independently and portion sizes are appropriate for the designated eating time.  Please also be aware that we are a Nut Aware school and we kindly ask that no products containing nuts are brought onto the school premises. In line with our healthy eating policy, we request that your child’s lunch box does not include sweets and chocolate.

Hats,  Water Bottles and Wellington / Gum Boots:

Due to the climate in Hong Kong, it is very important that children wear sun-hats when outside and drink lots of water throughout the day.  Therefore, we ask that every child brings a clearly labelled hat and water bottle to school. Bottles will be sent home daily and if needed when at school, children will be encouraged to refill them from the water fountain. We send home hats to be washed termly or on request, so please let us know if you would like to take it home. We also ask that a spare set of uniform, underwear and socks clearly labeled with your child’s name is kept in their school bag in case of accidents or exuberant water play.

PE and Forest School Days 

On PE (Physical Education) days, the children must wear the DBIS PE outfit, white socks and running shoes. Your child may also wear their PE kit on their Forest School day if they wish. As Reception students have multiple opportunities to explore outside learning areas it is useful to apply sunscreen and insect repellent before school. We will reapply sunscreen and insect repellent as necessary, if you do not wish for your child to use the provided sunscreen or insect repellent please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Birthdays:

We like to celebrate each child’s special day. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions we cannot currently accept cakes or treats into the classroom unless they are individually packaged. If you do choose to send individually wrapped treats, please make sure they are nut free and small in size.  We will do our utmost to ensure your child has a wonderful and memorable day full of birthday celebrations!

Library Books:

If you would like to borrow a library book for the week, please send your request via the link https://hub.dbis.edu.hk/bulletin/borrowing-books-from-the-early-years-library/

Education Bureau (EDB) and Centre for Health Protection (CHP) regulations:

To ensure the safety of the Reception children and the Reception Team we will continue to align with the policies from the EDB and CHP. Therefore it is essential that all children at school wear masks at all times on campus (other than designated snacks or drinking water). We kindly request that all masks are clearly labeled with your child’s name and spare masks are kept in their school bag. Your child’s temperature is to be taken and recorded prior to school arrival. Temperature cards will be checked on the gate as you enter the EY campus and temperatures will be taken at the gate as you enter. We will continue to support children with washing and sanitizing their hands throughout the school day.

It is a very exciting time and we thoroughly look forward to our full day return! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for your support and we look forward to getting back into the joy and excitement of a full school day next week.

Your class timetable will be sent to you via Seesaw so please check your inbox.

Team Reception,

Charlotte Phillips, Emma Chambers, Helen Reid and Chloe Foster

EY1 Timetables:

School hours will be from 8:25am – 3:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Please see the links below for your child’s class timetable:

EY1GC

EY1EM

EY1RG

EY1LB

Return to school

In preparation for returning to school, children are to wear their DBIS school uniform and we ask that your child has the following items in their school bag, clearly labelled with their name:

  • school hat
  • water bottle
  • a snack (please ensure your child’s snack is nut free and they are able to open their snack)
  • Lunch (please ensure your child’s lunch is nut free and they are able to open their lunchbox) 
  • spare uniform and underwear
  • a spare mask in a labelled zip lock bag

Parent Communication 

A reminder if you need to contact your child’s class teacher please do so either via the school diary, SeeSaw or via the school’s email address [email protected].

Housekeeping reminders

  • Children will be dropped off at 8:25am and collected at 3:00pm from their classrooms. Please can EY1LB and EY1RG families please access the classroom via the side gate and can EY1GC and EY1EM families please access the classroom via the main school gate.
  • Please be reminded of our “kiss and drop” policy at both pick up and drop off. This is to ensure a smooth transition each day.
  • In line with government regulations please keep a close eye on any children that develop symptoms of cough, cold, fever etc. Please also ensure temperature’s are checked and temperature cards filled out each day before school.
  • Due to government regulations food is not allowed to be delivered to students during the school day. Please ensure they arrive at school with their lunch and snack. The canteen will be serving hot food, please contact the school office if you would like to find out more information about purchasing hot meals at school.
  • Reading folders are to come into school every day, library folders on the allocated day for your class.
  • Magic 100 Words will be tested every Friday. A copy of their Magic 100 Words can be found in your child’s folder or diary.
  • Forest School will be on a Friday. Please ensure children have appropriate footwear (wellies, gum boots etc) as it can get muddy!

School Uniform – No hat no play

A friendly reminder that all children need to bring their own DBIS named hat in every day. Please ensure your child is wearing the appropriate and correct uniform to school each day. Students with longer hair are requested to tie it back for health and safety reasons.  

Key Dates for your diary:

Monday 14th June – Public Holiday (Dragon Boat Festival) 

Friday 25th June – End of Term

If you have any queries or questions about any of the above, please do come and ask your child’s class teacher. 

The EY1 Team

Gina Clothier, Emma McCartan, Radhika Gidwani and Laura Bell

EY2 Timetables:

Please find our revised timetables below for each class. Please note the days when your child has P.E as they will need to come to school in their P.E kit. Please also note your child’s Forest School day as they will need to bring their forest shoes in on this day. The children will also need to bring their hat and water bottle every day, as well as their Reading Folder and Diary on their Reading days.

If your child will be having a packed lunch, they will need to bring their lunch into school in the morning at 8:25am and it will be stored in an air-conditioned room. Packed lunches cannot be dropped off at school after 8:25am.

EY2ES

EY2LC

EY2CS

EY2JB

The school gates will open at 8:15am and the classroom doors will open at 8:25am. We will check the children’s temperature card at the door each morning, so please ensure this is recorded before coming to school each day.

Spelling and Manga High homework will continue as normal. We kindly ask the children to bring their red Spelling Homework books into school on Monday so that they can stick their spellings in. They will then bring their books home on Mondays and will be quizzed on their words on Fridays, in school. If they have finished their Spelling book, the children will bring their spelling words home stuck onto handwriting paper instead for the remainder of the term.

Year 2 Onwards & Upwards Ceremony – Week beginning 21st June

We will have our Onwards & Upwards Ceremony during this week, to celebrate the children’s achievements throughout this year. Further details will be communicated later in the term.

No hat no play

A friendly reminder that all children need to bring their own DBIS named hat in every day.

Key Dates for your diary:

Monday 14th June – Public Holiday (Dragon Boat Festival) 

Friday 25th June – End of Term

If you have any queries or questions about any of the above, please do come and ask your child’s class teacher. 

The Year 2 Team

Emily Sharman, Jane Broderick, Lyndsey Coote and Merridy Smits

Full Day Resumption of Primary Classes from Monday 24th May 2021

Timings of the School Day

From Monday 24th May, the school day for all children in Years 3 to 6 will start at 08:15 am and finish at  3:10 pm.

Timetables

We will revert to a normal school timetable for all Year 3 to 6 classes. Details of class timetables, and details specific to each year group, and can be accessed on the Parent Hub as follows:

Year 3     Year 4     Year 5     Year 6

Timetables will also be shared through the children’s Seesaw and Google Classrooms.

Break and lunchtimes

As per EDB regulations, the spaces where children eat must be single-purpose, meaning that the children cannot eat lunch in their classrooms. As a result, the children will eat in either the globe, canteen or gym. We are restricted to the number of children we can have eating at any one time and must allow sufficient cleaning time between sittings. The children will always be supervised by staff during eating and playtimes. We will need to accommodate lunch for all children in Primary and Secondary as well, therefore lunches will be staggered:

  • Year 3 and 4 children will eat lunch at 12:15 pm and then go out to play until 1 pm.
  • Year 5 and 6 children will have their lunch playtime before eating at 12.45 pm.

All children will need to bring their morning snack in their bag in a separate container.

Health and Safety measures

The school gates will open for Primary students 10 minutes before classes will start at 08.15am and temperatures will continue to be taken as the children enter school.

You will receive a temperature check form that will need to be completed before children arrive at school in the morning. This will be checked as your child enters their classroom. If your child’s temperature is above 37.5 degrees or they show symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we kindly ask that your child does not come to school. We will be monitoring the children’s temperatures throughout the day and make contact with you should your child need to be collected from school.

All children and staff are required to wear masks throughout the day, including during playtimes. Please ensure you choose a mask that is comfortable for your child. Children will be able to lower their masks during PE lessons and when eating.

Siblings

We are aware that a number of children will have siblings in different year groups meaning the start and finish times for the school day may be slightly different. If this is the case, you are most welcome to make arrangements with your children’s class teachers to ensure they are dropped off and picked up at the same time. Please liaise directly with class teachers as the arrangement will be individual to your family. We have differentiated the start and finish times at our Early Years campus to allow parents to drop children at the main campus first before taking siblings to the Early Years.

Wellbeing

We are delighted about the children’s return to full school days, and I know how much they are enjoying being back in every day. If however, you do have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing, please make contact with your child’s class teacher or a member of the Primary Leadership Team so we can provide timely and appropriate support. As always, we operate an open-door policy, and you are welcome to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher, or myself at a mutually agreeable time whenever you need.

Timing of the school day

  • 08:00 – 08:20 Arriving at school / 1-1 Tutoring
  • 08:25 – 08:45 Tutor-time
  • 08:50 – 09:50 Lesson 1
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Lesson 2
  • 11:00 – 11:20 Break
  • 11:20- 12:20 Lesson 3
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Lesson 4
  • 13:30 – 14:20 Lunch (Two sittings – further details shown below)
  • 14:20 – 15:20 Lesson 5

Lunchtime

To accommodate the EdB requirements regarding students eating patterns at lunchtime, we will have to return to having two sittings, with set year groups having their lunch at certain times. Students will also need to eat their lunch in either the Canteen, Globe or Sports Hall.

The first sitting will be from 1:30-1:50 pm and will be for students in Year 7, 8 & 11.

The second sitting will be from 2:00-2:20 pm and will be for students in Year 9, 10, 12 & 13.

Please can a pre-packed lunch and snack be placed in separate containers and brought into school by the children in the morning. We cannot, at this time, accept hot food deliveries. The canteen will be open for those who order meals.

We appreciate that this is later than we would like for certain year groups but staggering the lunches is a requirement from the EdB as is time for cleaning of the venue between sittings. To make this easier for students to manage we encourage students to bring snacks that they can eat at break time.

Health and Safety measures

We appreciate your continued support with our health and safety measures. This includes filling out your child’s temperature check form in the morning before they arrive at school and keeping them at home if their temperature is above 37.5 degrees or they show symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Examinations

The return of students for the full day along with the rules about the use of those venues that our students use for eating in the school means that we have had to make alterations to the venues that we will use for our examinations from next Monday, the 24th of May.

There will be a separate communication going out today by email and also onto the Parent Hub – Friday 21st of May – explaining the situation for exams in more detail for each of the Year groups. However, essentially the actual examinations that Year 11, 12 and 13 students are sitting (these are all for the Cambridge International examination board) will be held in a separate part of our North Plaza campus. Additional guidance will be provided for the internal Year 10 mock exams. The only changes for any of these exams will be the venue that they are being held in. If you or your child has any questions we encourage you to reach out to our examination team at [email protected].

To further enhance social distancing measures, three entrances and four exit points have been identified in the Main Campus.

All other entrances and exit gates will remain locked.

The following table shows which campus and which entrance and exit points your child(ren) should use.

Main Campus

Year LevelEntrance and Exit Point
Secondary Year Groups (7-11)               Main School Entrance:
Year 7 and 8 entering at 8am through the main entrance.
North-West Pitch Gate :
Year 9, 10 and 11 (smaller year groups) enter via the school sports field to the Secondary building.
Additional Exit Point – Back gate in between Secondary School Building and Administration Building opened for exiting
EY2, Years 3 – 6Main School Entrance:
(This is a 6m wide entrance. Students enter in two demarcated lanes over 3 timed phases; 8.10, 8.20 and 8.30) 
EY1 EY1 side entrance (next to the Pagoda)

Early Year  Campus

Nursery and Reception children will use the main gate for entry and exit.

North Plaza Campus

All Years 12 & 13 students will be located at the North Plaza Campus.

In preparation for the school resumption of face to face learning as guided by the EdB, please take time to review the following environmental measures that have been mandated by the government:

  • Please find the “Return to School Health Monitoring Record” attached here LINK. For the first day of class resumption, either print this or record the details on a piece of paper for your child to bring to school.
  • Take your child’s temperature before he/she comes to school and fill in the Health Monitoring Record Card. Your child should bring the completed record card to school on their specific onsite days.
  • If your child is unwell they should stay away from school. They should see a doctor immediately if symptoms, especially fever and cough, are detected.
  • To prevent infection, please ensure your child comes to school wearing a mask and that he/she understands the importance of wearing their mask at all times during the day.
  • All visitors to school, including parents visiting to pick up and drop off, should monitor their own temperature before coming to school and wear a mask at all times within the school.
  • Please ensure your child’s mask is clearly labelled with their name and class.

Our school has thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All staff who have contact with our students are required to take their temperature before coming to school. If they have a fever, they must not come to school. Similarly, we ask any visitors, including parents, not to visit the school if they are unwell.

We will take all measures to maintain the environmental hygiene of our school premises and ensure personal hygiene practices to safeguard the health of our students.

After the resumption of classes, the school requests that you notify Pam Cassidy via email, [email protected] or by phone 29877331, in case of any of the following situations, to facilitate our prompt action in taking contingency measures and informing the EDB:

(a) your child or a member of your household has been confirmed with an infection of COVID-19; or

(b) your child or a member of your household has been classified as having “close contact with  an infected person” with COVID-19

Students who are confirmed with an infection of COVID-19 or have been classified as having “close contact with an infected person” with COVID-19 must not return to school until they are fully recovered.

Please be aware that families who have household members under ‘Medical Surveillance’ for 14 days after returning from travel are not required to be isolated but should measure their temperature daily and watch out for symptoms.

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