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Covid-19 Updates


A Hybrid Learning Program, which offers both on-campus learning and online teaching, commences on Monday, February 21, 2022.

Confirmation of this plan, and details about the timing and safety of returning to campus, will be shared with parents via email closer to this date.


February 21, 2022

St. Paul will commence a hybrid learning program, inviting students Grade 1-12 back onto campus for in-person learning, as well as continuing teaching online to those students who choose to stay at home for their learning.

January 22, 2022

The Hanoi People’s Committee approved DOET’s proposal to reopen schools to in-person learning. The government body announced that schools located in Green and Yellow zones (level 1 & 2 areas) may return to on-campus learning following specific safety measures.

May 3, 2021

The Hanoi People’s Committee and DOET announced their decision to close all schools due to increased COVID-19 cases in Vietnam. The closure is Tuesday, May 4, 2021, until further notified. To see the official letter, click here.

February 15, 2021

On Monday, February 15, 2021, the Hanoi People’s Committee issued Directive 460 UBND/KGVX, which requires all schools in Hanoi to remain closed through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Therefore, when learning resumes on February 22, 2021, we will continue with our online learning program until March 1, 2021.

January 29, 2021

Government directives for Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces, see here.

Timeline of CoVid-19 Communication

February 5, 2022 - Primary schools permitted to resume in-person learning from February 10.

Hanoi People’s Committee approved Primary students (Elementary Grades 1-5) to resume in-person learning on school campuses. Only schools located in Green and Yellow zones are permitted to reopen to on-campus learning.

Schools must meet safety standards approved by the municipal Department of Education and Training and Department of Health to welcome back students.

January 22, 2022 - Schools will reopen after Tet lunar new year.

Hanoi People’s Committee approved DOET’s proposal to allow Secondary students (Grades 7-12) to return to campus. Schools located in Green and Yellow zones are permitted to reopen to on-campus learning.

May 4, 2021 - Hanoi People's Committee & DOET announced all schools will close.

Due to increased COVID-19 cases, all schools will close with online learning on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. To see the official letter, click here.

February 15, 2021 - Schools will remain closed after Tet

On Monday, February 15, 2021, the Hanoi People’s Committee issued Directive 460 UBND/KGVX, which requires all schools in Hanoi to remain closed through Sunday, February 28, 2021. Therefore, when learning resumes on February 22, 2021, we will continue with our online learning program until March 1, 2021.

January 29, 2021 - Government Director for Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces.

The government released a directive for the affected provinces – Hai Duong and Quang Ninh, see directive here. 


The government released the announcement that all schools for ALL grade levels may not reopen as long as they follow the guidelines and safety directives. 

April 15, 2020 - Extended Closure to April 22nd

Families were notified about extended school closures until April 22, 2020 due to the Prime Minister’s decision to continue social distancing and closures for one week. It was also proposed to close until April 30th, but the final decision on closing an additional week will be made on April 22nd. 

April 4, 2020 - Extended Closure to April 15th

Families were notified about extended school closures until April 15, 2020 based on government directives and the letter from DOET.

March 20, 2020 - Government Announcement & Next Two Weeks

The government has announced that all schools will remain closed until April 5, 2020. This decision is based on recent COVID-19 outbreaks increasing worldwide. Chairman of the City People’s Committee, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, strongly encourages the public to stay home as much as possible over the next two weeks because during this time the risk of infection in the city is higher than usual. He also says to limit crowds, bus routes, travel, and for companies to work online if possible or administer regular temperature checks. 

March 13, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 7)

St. Paul emailed families to notify them that the Government of Hanoi decided to close nursery to middle school until March 29th. High school will be allowed to open on March 23rd. Online/at-home learning will continue.

March 7, 2020 - School Closure: Spring Break Changes

The 18th case of CoVid-19 was confirmed in Hanoi on the late hours of Friday, March 6th. The new information prompted the government to reconsider reopening schools. Based on the new information, St. Paul emailed families to inform them about the decisions to:

  • Move Spring Break to March 9th – March 13th
  • Change March 30th – April 3rd to regular school days
  • Elementary replacing Beyond and Beyond + with instructional classroom time when school resumes
  • Elementary & Secondary will extend Wednesdays to 3:15 PM

March 6, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 6)

The Hanoi Department of Education and Training proposed to the City’s People’s Committee to extend the school closure until March 16, 2020. St. Paul emailed families the following day with the plan to reopen on February 17, 2020. Online/at-home learning continued.

March 5, 2020 - Travel Declaration Form II

St. Paul emailed families a second mandatory travel declaration form. 

Travel Declaration Form. It is mandatory for ALL parents to submit this form for each child that attends St. Paul American School.
If you do not submit this form your child will not be allowed to begin school when we reopen.
CLICK HERE to submit your travel declaration form.

March 3, 2020 - School Reopening Plan

The school emailed parents on the plan for reopening, see details below.

We require ALL families to complete the Travel Declaration II Form before arriving at school (if not filled out, SPAS representatives will contact you). The School Health Center has already emailed and will monitor this form. The deadline to complete this form is Thursday, March 5th @2:00 PM.


  • ES: Elementary will replace Beyond & Beyond + with in-class instruction and add one hour to each Wednesday for in-class instructional time. The new schedule will be as follows:
  • Monday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:15 to 3:15 PM
  • Thursday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Friday: 8:15 to 4:15 PM
  • MSHS: In order to gain more in-class time after closures, the decision to modify the Wednesday early release schedule was made. Upon reopening, Wednesday will become a regular school day with classes ending at 3:15 PM and all students leaving at the conclusion of the school day. We will not hold Beyond activities on Wednesday afternoon.

    Make-Up Days for All: The following days will be switched or replaced:

    • PT Conference Friday, March 27th – Regular School Day

    • Last Day Friday, June 12th – Regular School Day


Parents are required to check their child(ren) at home before arriving at school. If your child has a fever of 38°C or higher, shows symptoms of persistent coughing, a fever, and/or difficulty breathing they MUST STAY HOME. They can return to school once cleared by a doctor. If your child stays home for this reason, please contact the Elementary Secretary at es.secretary@stpaulhanoi.com or the Secondary Secretary at ms.secretary@stpaulhanoi.com


  • Self-Quarantine: If you or any of your family members have recently visited any countries with increasing CoVid-19 outbreaks (China, S. Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran), you are required to stay home for an additional 14 days. Please make sure you fill the Travel Declaration Form as mentioned above.
  • Temperature Checks: The School Health Center & other staff will administer temperature checks at Gates 1 & 2 for ALL staff & students entering the school
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms & areas around campus
  • Masks will be available for those who request it but are limited, families can choose to supply their child(ren) with masks (please note the CDC & WHO do not recommend wearing masks as an effective protective measure, unless sick themselves)
  • Disinfectant Cleaning: the entire school has and will continue to receive extra cleaning using strong, yet safe disinfectants.
  • Bus Cleaning: The bus company will also undergo additional cleaning with strong, yet safe disinfectants
  • Limiting Visitors: Outside visitors and parents are not to visit campus to limit exposure. If a parent or guardian is picking up or dropping off a child(ren), please do so at the gate without entering. Only visitors by invitation and approval are allowed on campus and must fill out an entry form. See CoVid-19 Campus Visitor Policy & Visitor Health Entry Survey
  • Education: The school will have informational posters and teachers will help educate students on preventative measures they can take as a class.


The school intends to reimburse for bus, lunch, and no payments have been taken for Beyond+ fees. Once the reopen date is confirmed, the Finance Department will email parents a google form to enter in this information to begin processing refunds.


If students choose to stay home during the reopening and continue to do online work, they won’t receive an academic penalty for up to two weeks from the reopening date.

Resources for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) below:

SPASH Guidelines

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

International SOS

March 1, 2020 - School Closure Decision (week 5)

St. Paul emailed parents about the survey responses and the decision to close for an additional week with online learning continuing on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The email also included a planning chart, see below.

>View Planning Chart Here<

February 29, 2020 - Parent Feedback Survey on Reopening

St. Paul emailed parents the measure we would take if reopening and a survey for parents on reopening (see below).

1) Asking families to self-quarantine if they have returned to Hanoi within the last 14 days if they meet certain criteria
2) Temperature and symptom checks and hand sanitizing at the school entrance
3) Additional sanitation and monitoring services at the school per government recommendations
4) Heightened monitoring of symptoms of all students, teachers, and staff
5) Limited visitation by non-students and staff to the school campus


February 28, 2020 - Government School Closure: Public Schools vs. International

The government announced extending the closure to Monday, March 8, 2020 for all public schools. International schools were given the opportunity to open if the following criteria were met:

  1. Principals deciding
  2. Parent agreement
  3. The school commits to following health & safety standards

St. Paul Leadership team emailed parents the following day informing them of their plan to meet, plan and make an informed decision for the school on this matter.

February 21, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 4)

The government decided to close schools an additional week totaling four weeks of closures with schools resuming on Monday, March 2nd, 2020

February 19, 2020 - St. Paul Library Access

To support students learning at home, St. Paul Library allowed families to access the online database to request to checkout books and pick up at the front gate. 

February 14, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 3)

The government released another letter extending the school closures until Monday, February 23, 2020. Online/at-home learning continued for St. Paul students and teachers.

February 7, 2020 - Government School Closure Extended (week 2)

Hanoi Department of Education and Training proposed to the City People’s Committee to extend the school closures until February 16, 2020.

February 3, 2020 - Notification of Online/At-Home Learning

St. Paul emailed families instructions for online/at-home learning that was to start on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

February 2, 2020 - Government School Closure (week 1)

The Vietnamese Government released a letter to the Ministry of Education & Training (MOET), the Provincial Department of Education & Training (DOET), and The Ministry of Health on the advisement from MOET about the agreement to close schools for one week for schools serving kindergarten to high school, ESL centers, and instruct authorities to work and inform parents and students about avoiding the coronavirus. St. Paul planned to open Monday, February 10, 2020.

January 31, 2019 - Travel Declaration & Guidelines

St. Paul emailed families a travel declaration and CoVid-19 guidelines.

St. Paul Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidelines HERE (in 한국어 & Tiếng Việt)
 Tet Travel Declaration (make sure you complete this form)

January 28, 2019 - First CoVid-19 Email to Families

St. Paul emailed families to inform them that the school is monitoring the CoVid-19 situation and will communicate updates on our response via email.

Communication from Executive Director

1/29/21 - Important information regarding the reports of Covid-19 transmission in Vietnam

Dear St. Paul Community,
As you may have already heard, there are reports of multiple confirmed cases of community transmitted Covid-19 in Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces. There are also reports of possible F1 (direct contact with someone that has been confirmed to have Covid-19) cases in Hanoi that are being investigated. 
Please know the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and teachers is our priority. We are monitoring the situation very closely to ensure our school is safe. We will continue to enforce Covid-19 safety measures, including monitoring our students for the symptoms of Covid-19 (fever, uncontrollable coughing, and difficulty breathing), temperature checking, mandatory wearing of masks to and from school, and daily cleaning of the campus. If your child or anyone in your household exhibits any of the Covid-19 symptoms, we ask that your child remains at home until the situation has been cleared up. If you or anyone in your household has been to Hai Duong or Quang Ninh in the past 14 days, we ask that your child(ren) remain at home until we can conduct an investigation.  All HAC games and practices scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29 have been canceled.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to update you as information becomes available.
Lastly, we ask that everyone complete the following survey so that we can ensure the safety of everyone in our school community:
Epidemiological Investigation Survey (linked in email for parents)
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Myong Hwan “Moo” Eiselstein, Ed.D.

Executive Director

+84 24 3399 6464


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