COVID-19 Updages

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Message from the Headmaster: Headmaster Update Week 2 Online

March 27, 2020

Dear Brent Family,

I hope your families and loved ones are safe. This is not an easy situation for anyone, and I’m aware that everyone is struggling with a wide variety of personal issues.

This is certainly not the semester anyone envisioned. I know many of us find ourselves juggling new situations and changing responsibilities while managing concerns about family near and far. Our hearts go out to everyone.

I would like to share a few of the positives that have come out of the last week to perhaps encourage you at a difficult time.

Attendance online has been as good if not better than typical attendance at school. The vast majority of students have taken responsibility for the independence needed in an online situation.

Educators worldwide have been compiling lists of online resources and sharing them with other teachers.

Middle School students have begun sending in photos of their passion projects, which Mr. Josephson has featured online.

Many online resources have made their services available for free. For example, Zoom removed the time limit on meetings, and Amazon made the subscription of books and audio stories free. As long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages.  https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

IB internal assessments, orals, and the Art Exhibit have been able to continue via distance. Thanks to the dedication of our IB Coordinator, teachers, students and IT team we are still on schedule to submit all the IB requirements expected by the end of April.

Despite the cancelation of IB exams, the IBO has promised to issue IB diplomas and certificates. This will not change seniors’ course work. Full diploma students will finish as planned by the end of April.

Our librarians have provided information on available online databases. Our Student Services support team is active in Zoom breakout rooms. Our Lower School counselors produced a new website to provide help to families.

We may have a long way to go, and very little is easy right now, but I am heartened by the way so many people have gone the extra mile to support one another. Please do not hesitate to contact Brent’s teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, accountants, etc. We are all here to help. We may be separated by distance during this difficult time, but we remain one Brent family.

Sincerely,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: Headmaster Update Week 2 Online2020-07-22T07:43:15+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: Reservation and Re-enrollment Information

March 27, 2020

Dear Brent Families,

The Reservation and Re-enrollment Form that was sent out earlier can also be found on our website here.

Given the current quarantine situation, we have extended the deadline to Monday, April 20. Since our school cashier on campus is not currently able to assist you in processing payments for any school fees, you may settle the reservation fee for the 2020-2021 school year through a bank deposit or bank transfer.

Here is a list of Brent’s dollar and peso bank account details for your reference.

Once you have made the payment for reserving a slot for the next year, please email a scanned copy or photo of the Reservation and Re-enrolment Form together with the proof of payment (via direct deposit or online payment) to billingsection@brent.edu.ph. Our Accounting Office will issue an official receipt as soon as offices resume. For company dependents, you only need to email the Reservation and Re-enrolment Form.

Email billingsection@brent.edu.ph for further assistance.

Sincerely,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: Reservation and Re-enrollment Information2020-07-22T07:43:24+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: National Week of Prayer

March 22, 2020

Dear Brent Community,

The President has declared the fourth week of March 2020 as a “National Week of Prayer.” I encourage the whole Brent community to support this declaration. Please pray for our protection from COVID-19 and the recovery of those affected. Pray for our healthcare workers and the officials managing this crisis.

Thank you, and God bless.
Jason Atkins
Headmaster

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Message from the Headmaster: March Forward and Headmaster’s Update

March 19, 2020

Greetings Brent Community,

Below you will see a link to our March issue of the Forward. Enjoy.
FORWARD March 2020 

Hats off to the editors, photographers, and contributors who put this wonderful issue together.

We have completed our first week of distance learning, and we are not alone. 123 countries worldwide have enacted various school closures. The entire planet is taking an intensive course on how to learn from afar. I would like to thank every one of you for your part in a very successful transition to online learning. The student participation has been excellent. Faculty innovation is at an all time high. Staff and administrative support has been key, and I know our parents are providing critical background encouragement.

In an earlier email to faculty, I highlighted the sculpture on the back wall of our chapel. If you are thinking, “What sculpture?” then see the attached photo. It is entitled Bayanihan, by Eduardo Castrillo, and it refers to the Philippine spirit of unity and teamwork found when a community comes together to achieve a goal. Thank you all for exemplifying that spirit.

On another topic, a wide variety of people have expressed concern about our employees who are paid on a per workday basis and who are unable to work during this crisis. As a Christian institution, we are called to show grace and compassion where we can, and we want to do our part to support the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please rest assured that all employees whether Brent or agency, coaches, Jammas, bus attendants, drivers, guards, cooks, maintenance, etc. will continue to be paid during this month-long quarantine. Your concerns speak to the thoughtful compassion inherent in our community.

As the initial wave of transition fades and the routine of daily life working from home begins, take some time to focus on exercise and healthy eating. Pick up a book you have wanted to read or make time for a hobby. Our Middle School students have been encouraged to find a passion project, and it would be healthy for all of us to find a productive outlet for our minds during this time.

Sincerely
Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: March Forward and Headmaster’s Update2020-07-22T07:43:50+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: Online Learning Begins

March 13, 2020

Dear Brent Students and Families,

I checked in on a number of teachers this morning, and our distance learning trial-run is, on the whole, going very well. This is positive since on Monday, March 16 we will continue with distance learning for all students for the foreseeable future.

The government’s implementation of the quarantine in Metro Manila has many details to work out, but it seems clear that students are unlikely to return to classes on campus until after Easter. We will update you as the situation develops.

While online instruction has some limitations, there are also opportunities here for students to take on greater ownership of their learning. Parents, thank you for providing guidance at home, and students, thank you for showing the grit that comes from being a member of the Brent Pride.

Sincerely,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: Online Learning Begins2020-07-22T07:45:27+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: Social Distancing

March 12, 2020

Dear Brent Families,

This is a reminder of the importance of social distancing. The World Health Organization has now declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. This means we must all work together to help stop the spread of this virus. Simply ceasing work and education is not practical and would actually work against the important flow of goods and services that we all depend on daily. We need to go to work and visit the grocery store and attend some classes. We do not need to attend parties and other social events.

Students and parents, while we are not in school, please eliminate all unnecessary group hangouts and social gatherings. I have not been a great fan of social media in general, but oddly enough, I now find myself recommending that for the next several months you take your social life online.

Sincerely,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: Social Distancing2020-07-22T07:43:59+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: Trial run of online classes this Friday, March13, 2020

March 11, 2020

Dear Brent Family,

This Friday, March 13, 2020 we are asking all students to stay home and conduct classes online. All faculty and staff will report to school as usual. We will conduct a practice run of our online distance learning capabilities at Brent Manila, Subic and Baguio to identify areas to fine-tune.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 12 classes will start at 8:00am.

The requiem planned for Mr. E. on Friday will be postponed until Monday, March 16 at 2:45pm.

Please also note that the SAT test planned for Saturday, March 14 has been canceled.

We will send updates if there are more changes due to the still developing situation around COVID-19.

Sincerely,
Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: Trial run of online classes this Friday, March13, 20202020-07-22T07:45:13+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: Update on Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19)

March 9, 2020

Dear Brent Family,

The new Coronavirus cases in the Philippines may be creating some anxiety in our community. Here is a devotional that was shared by one of our faculty members. It is a brief reminder that God is still in control. I invite you to remember your faith and to pray for the peace and safety of the Brent Family as a whole.

In addition to prayers, here is an update on our response to the newest cases of Coronavirus. We will continue to follow and take into account various agency recommendations. The situation may change quickly, and we will continue to provide information via corporate texts and emails.

Brent International School Manila is implementing and recommending the following precautions:

  1. All activities with other schools will be suspended effective immediately. After school clubs and activities involving only Brent Manila students and families will continue for the time being.
  2. The weekly disinfecting already in place will be increased to twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays. This includes handrails, door handles, light switches, etc.
  3. The number of hand sanitizing stations will be increased.
  4. Daily temperature checks continue. Students, families, and employees should remain home if they have even mild symptoms of illness out of consideration to the rest of the community.
  5. The self-quarantine expectations outlined in our March 1 update below remain in full force.
  6. We urge anyone with travel plans outside the country during Easter Break to reconsider. It is possible anyone returning from abroad could be required to self-quarantine by that point. It is also possible to be stranded outside the country making access to resources and online classes difficult. This happened during Chinese New Year to some faculty and students from schools in China, and I know of some still stranded in Manila.
  7. Prepare a plan for your children to have supervision and internet access in case we need to go to online instruction. We have been preparing for this possibility for some time. In fact, a group of Biology students were engaged in online instruction this morning.

Thank you for your patience, kindness, and self-discipline as we continue to navigate this situation. God bless.

Sincerely,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

March 1, 2020

Dear Brent Family,

The Centers for Disease Control issued new travel advisories for Italy and Iran, raising them to Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel. Based in part on these new advisories as well as considering the upcoming Easter Break, Brent is updating our guidelines for community members’ self-isolation upon returning from travel.

As we approach Easter Break, all Brent community members should reconsider travel to any country with a CDC level 3 (“Avoid Nonessential Travel”) or State Department level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) or 4 (“Do Not Travel”) advisory due to COVID-19. The list of affected countries and the warning level changes daily. Please monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Brent is also adding Japan to this list based on the country’s own decision to close down all schools.

All Brent community members returning to the Philippines from China (including special administrative regions), South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran must notify the school level principal and self-isolate for 14 days off campus.

Any individuals who may have been in close contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19, or who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, should also self-isolate. The self-isolation guidelines may change quickly, so please stay informed. For additional information on how to gauge your risk of COVID-19 infection, see the CDC website.

Thank you,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: Update on Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19)2020-07-22T07:44:07+08:00

Message from the Headmaster: PTCs and Other Activities on Monday, March 9

Dear Brent Family,

Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling PTCs and all other activities planned for Monday, March 9. There will be no offices open on Monday, either. Saturday activities are also canceled.

This will give us three days to assess the situation surrounding two new cases of COVID-19 identified in Metro Manila. Currently, we plan to have class as usual on Tuesday, March 10, but students and teachers should prepare for the possibility that we may move to online instruction. We will continue to update you as the situation develops.

Sincerely,

Jason Atkins
Headmaster

Message from the Headmaster: PTCs and Other Activities on Monday, March 92020-07-22T07:44:14+08:00