Last updated: 2020/04/10 8:10 PM Taipei time (GMT +8)
April 10th, 2020
Morrison Academy’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) convened to once again address school procedures in light of Covid-19. After an in-depth discussion among its CMC members, Morrison will be initiating new procedures and strengthening established ones based on recommendations from the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is being done to further ensure optimal health and safety of our staff and students. These include:
- asking all staff and students to wear masks at all times during the school day when social distancing cannot be maintained
- implementing social distancing measures during lunch, chapels, and all other activities
- gathering Tomb-Sweeping Festival travel survey data*
*At the government’s recommendation, any staff or student who had been to one of the eleven crowded scenic areas as specified by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) are to be conducting self-monitoring.
For any parent or staff member who is unsure of how to get masks, please view this presentation or follow the NHI tutorial here. Adult masks can be ordered online here (click “English” in the upper right-hand corner).
Classroom Use of Zoom
In consideration of the Taiwan MOE’s recent announcement regarding the use of Zoom in schools, we will temporarily suspend classroom use until further notice. With that being said, our Technology director has implemented several safety measures and in addition, Zoom has also implemented new enhancements to make it more secure and safe should we have an opportunity to use this product again. In the meantime, if we need to return to online learning, we will continue using Google Meet which we have used successfully in the past.
It is in trying times like these that we see the best in the Morrison community. We want to commend all staff, students, and parents for their patience and flexibility.
April 3rd, 2020
Morrison Academy’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) reconvened again this morning to discuss the reopening of school in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Morrison Academy will resume face-to-face, classroom learning on Monday, April 13th. Information regarding the status of any campus-specific co-curricular activities will be communicated to parents and staff by campus principals.
Additionally, a travel survey will be sent to all staff and parents and must be completed before the return to school on April 13th. As mentioned in previous communications, Morrison has worked hard over the past several weeks to make our campuses safe learning environments. As such, any staff member or student who chooses to travel overseas during Easter break will not be allowed on campus for 14 days after returning to Taiwan. Any absences incurred during that quarantine will be unexcused. If anyone in a household returns from overseas, the student or staff member can not come to school for 14 days.
Morrison would also like to make parents and staff aware of the two criteria that would force a return to online learning:
- Scenario 1: Taiwan government requires all schools to switch to online learning
- Scenario 2: a confirmed case of Covid-19 on campus (that particular campus would then switch to 2 weeks of online learning immediately)
The CMC will continue to monitor the situation throughout Easter break. Any additional decisions made during that time will be communicated to parents and staff in as timely a manner as circumstances allow.
Your prayers and patience during this time are much appreciated.
March 23rd, 2020
The Morrison Academy’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) reconvened again this morning to discuss school procedures in regard to recent developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 24th, Morrison Academy will be switching to online learning for a period of 9 days, through Friday, April 3rd. This decision was made after carefully considering the impact of several contributing factors:
- health and safety of our students, staff, community
- the growing number of absences on the respective campuses
- minimizing travel-related complications with families who were affected with self-management or quarantine restrictions
- the difficulty of providing quality classroom instruction and supporting absent students
The advantages of this immediate transition to online learning bring to the Morrison community include:
- prevents any potential spread of the virus
- enables teachers to deliver class content in a single format
- reduces potentiality for misunderstandings among the community about family members and alumni who recently returned to Taiwan on quarantine status
- makes campus logistics and safety easier to maintain
During the period of online learning and Easter break, we would also ask families and alumni to follow all mandatory quarantine and self-health management procedures as outlined by the Taiwan government. It is also important parents use discretion when allowing their children to socialize or study with other groups of students.
A full week of Easter break follows the final day of online learning. Morrison hopes that these measures taken now will enable all students and staff to return to campus on Monday (April 13).
Morrison Academy would like once again to state its appreciation of the Taiwan government’s handling of the Covid-19 situation from its first days until now. The cooperation among the Taiwan CDC, MOE, and other agencies as they focus on protecting people in this nation against the virus has been praiseworthy.
Your patience, understanding, and flexibility at this unprecedented time are very much appreciated.
March 19th, 2020
Morrison Academy’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) reconvened this morning to once again discuss school procedures in regard to recent developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The CMC would like to announce a new phase of our safety protocol:
In order to protect all our students, anyone living with someone who is in Self-Health Management or Home Quarantine is not allowed on campus until the management or quarantine period is completed. Family members returning from any level 2 or level 3 areas, as well as everyone in their household, may not enter the campus until 14 days after their arrival date.
With these increased safeguards and due to its relatively small community size, Morrison Academy is confident that it can safely continue its main focus: to continue providing a biblically integrated, quality education to students. In the event that the Ministry of Education (MOE) or the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC) close all schools, Morrison is prepared to switch to online learning immediately.
The CMC would like to show its sincere gratitude to the efforts of the Taiwanese government at all levels to protect the nation. Their quick, efficient protocols in border control, tracking patients and potential contacts, and pre-emptive quarantine measures have won them praise worldwide. The CMC is also thankful for the many hard-working, front-line healthcare workers who have done so much on the public’s behalf.
Morrison Academy has continued to follow all Taiwan government regulations throughout these past months. The CMC would like to assure parents, staff, and students that our commitment to provide a safe, healthy learning environment for all Morrison students remains the same today. In fact, we have been implementing additional strategies to boost on-campus safety, i.e. families who have students returning from overseas must fill out a travel survey and quarantines are being initiated accordingly. We have strengthened campus cleaning procedures and instituted strict monitoring of all co-curricular activities, even going so far as canceling many of them. Morrison has also restricted campus access, not allowing visitors or returning alumni to enter.
As always, your patience, prayers, and flexibility at this unprecedented time are so very appreciated.
Taiwan CDC Travel Advisories
Visitors and alumni returning to Taiwan are strongly advised to check the link below to the Taiwan CDC travel advisories and warnings page for the latest information and how it may affect your travel plans. Travelers to Taiwan should also adhere to CDC quarantine requirements.
(Section titled “Severe special infectious pneumonia”.)
The original language (Mandarin) link is provided here: https://www.cdc.gov.tw/CountryEpidLevel/Index/NlUwZUNvckRWQ09CbDJkRVFjaExjUT09
Quarantine Guide for Visitors and Alumni Returning to Taiwan
|Location Visited||Government Action||Morrison Action|
|traveled to any level 3* area before arriving in Taiwan (including transit)||mandatory 14-day quarantine
(don’t go to school or work)
|mandatory 14-day quarantine
(don’t go to school or work)
|traveled to any level 1 or 2 areas before arriving in Taiwan (including transit)||self-managed health monitoring for 14 days||self-managed health monitoring for 14 days|
|fever or respiratory problems + traveled to any level 3* area||go to your local
Health Bureau or call 1922
|mandatory 14-day quarantine|
|fever or respiratory problems + no recent travel history or traveled in any level 1 or 2 area||wear a surgical mask and go to your local clinic (not school clinic)||sent home, fever-free without medication for 48 hours (Morrison precaution; government only requires 24 hours)|
*No mandatory 14-day quarantine for those who transit through South Korea or Italy. 14-day self-managed health monitoring is suggested.
For the safety of Morrison students, field trips will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and students will be allowed to opt-out via a permission slip signed by parents.
Ministry of Education Contingency Plan
On February 19th, the Taiwan Ministry of Education (MoE) released a contingency plan in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at a school. (Original language document here.) The Morrison Academy Crisis Management Committee (CMC) would like to affirm that all Morrison campuses will adhere to the MoE’s plan.
Relevant specifics include:
- If there is 1 confirmed case of coronavirus at a school (teacher or student), their entire class will be suspended for 14 days. (kindergarten to middle school)
- If there are 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus at a school, the entire school will be closed for 14 days.
- If 1/3 of schools in an area (district, township, city) are closed due to confirmed cases, all schools in that area will be closed.
- If a student or teacher in high school or above is a confirmed case, all the classes they attend or teach will be suspended for 14 days. As always, Morrison Academy makes decisions based on the latest official, reliable information and will adjust them in accordance with newer data. Parents and staff will be notified as early as possible of any subsequent changes in schedule. Please carefully read the emails from your campus Principal for additional details.
馬禮遜學校危機處理小組 (CMC) 今天早上再次針對 Covid-19 的最新發展，討論學校的因應措施。根據中華民國疾病管制署所提出的社交距離注意事項，馬禮遜學校將加強下列新措施，以維護所有教職員和學生的健康與安全。
教育部 4月 7日表示，各級機關及學校，在使用遠端視訊軟體時，不應使用具資通安全疑慮的產品 (如: Zoom)。因此，馬禮遜學校將暫停在課室內使用 Zoom，後續若有其他決定，再另行通知。本校的電腦部門主管已經實施了多項安全措施，如果我們將來還有機會再使用 Zoom 的話，Zoom 其實也加強了新的功能，增加其安全性。此外，萬一我們將來需要再轉換為線上學習時，我們會繼續使用原本已經成功使用過的 Google Meet。
馬禮遜學校危機處理小組 (CMC) 今天早上再次針對新冠病毒肺炎大流行的最新發展，討論學校的因應措施。
馬禮遜學校危機處理小組 (CMC) 今天早上再次針對新冠病毒肺炎大流行的最新發展，討論學校的因應措施。
從 3/24 (週二) 到 4/3 (週五) 共計9天，馬禮遜學校將實施線上教學。這項決定是經過以下仔細審慎的考慮:
線上教學和復活節假期間，我們要求所有需自主健康管理和居家檢疫的人 (包含校友) 遵守中華民國政府的規定，確實做好與外界隔離，也謝謝您為了大家的健康，暫時限縮您的行動自由。也請家長務必審慎考量是否允許您的孩子和其他學生進行社交或學習活動。
線上教學結束後，緊接著是一整週的復活節假期。馬禮遜學校希望採取以上措施之後，學生和教職員可以在 4/13 (週一) 回到校園，恢復正常上課。
馬禮遜學校的危機處理小組 (CMC) 今天早上再次針對新冠病毒肺炎大流行的最新發展，討論學校的因應措施。請詳閱以下內容:
馬禮遜學校的 CMC 希望藉此機會特別感謝中華民國政府各層級單位為維護人民健康所做的一切努力。他們對於邊境管理、追蹤確診者與可能接觸者、以及預先防範之檢疫措施等有效的作法已經贏得國際讚賞。CMC 也感謝許多在第一線努力工作的醫護人員為全民健康所做的一切!
馬禮遜學校在接下來幾個月會持續遵守中華民國政府的規定。CMC 藉此機會向家長、教職員、和學生保證，我們仍如以往，致力提供本校所有學生安全、健康的學習環境。我們已經加強了校內安全的措施，例如: 家中有成員從國外返台者需要填寫旅遊問卷，相關的檢疫程序也開始實施。我們加強了校園的清潔程序，也嚴格監控所有課外活動，甚至取消了許多活動。馬禮遜學校也管控校園進出，訪客或校友均不得進入校園。
為防治「嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎」（武漢肺炎）疫情在校園擴散，以維護學生及教職員校園安全健康，教育部依中央流行疫情指揮中心於 2月 19 日公佈之建議，訂定以下停課標準，停課期程為 14 天。馬禮遜學校各校區均將遵守教育部之停課規定。
- 1 班有 1 位師生被中央流行疫情指揮中心列為確定病例，該班停課。
- 1 校有 2 位以上師生被中央流行疫情指揮中心列為確定病例，該校停課。
- 1 鄉鎮市區有 3 分之 1 學校全校停課，該鄉鎮市區停課。
Official, Reliable Sources 官方資料來源
Latest updates from the Taiwan CDC (English)
To reduce the risk of infection, please follow these simple guidelines provided by the WHO 為降低感染風險，請遵循以下由WHO提供的簡單原則
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) 新型冠狀病毒
US CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China: 美國 CDC: 中國武漢2019新型冠狀病毒
Taiwan’s CECC Official Bulletins Web Page: 台灣衛生福利部疾病管制署新聞稿
2019-nCoV Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE) 2019新型冠狀病毒全球病例
Taiwan’s CDC Announcement Regarding Extension of Winter Break to 2/25 for All Public Schools (High School and Below) to Prevent the Spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 因應中國大陸新型冠狀病毒肺炎疫情嚴峻，中央流行疫情指揮中心決定全國高中職(含)以下學校，延後2週開學 (中文)