Update on Classroom Dismissal Procedure

Dear Parents,

Hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas break!

Please note that the school will reopen on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.

As mentioned on an email sent to all parents on 1st December, we will assign teachers to station at the main door every morning and during school dismissal to ensure the children report to school and dismiss from school in a safe and secure way. The teacher on duty will receive your child at the main door when you drop off your child form school, that is, parents need not enter the centre with your child. Likewise during dismissal, we seek the cooperation of all parents to wait outside the centre. The class teacher will dismiss the children one at a time in an orderly manner.

This system of report and dismissal will be implemented when the school reopens on 3rd January 2017. As mentioned this will also allow us to create a more private space to attend to guests and new parents who are visiting the centre and to hold meetings with potential sponsors and funding charities.

We understand that the system may be new to the children and they may feel uncomfortable but please rest assured that we will help your child adjust to the system gradually.

Rainbow would like to wish all families a Happy New Year!

Extreme Weather Procedure

Hong Kong’s weather is famous for its unpredictability, typhoon seasons usually between May and November. When a typhoon or rainstorm signal is issued, parents or guardians should listen to the radio or TV weather broadcasts and Education Bureau’s announcements, and use their discretion before sending the child to school. Our extreme weather procedure follows the instructions from Education Bureau (EDB) which are listed below:

Tropical Cyclones Procedures

When Signal No. 1 is issued: All schools, including kindergartens, are to operate as usual unless advised otherwise

When Signal No. 3 is issued: Classes of all kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability are to be suspended. Other schools are to operate as usual unless advised otherwise.

When Signal Pre-No. 8 / No. 8 or above is issued*: Classes of all schools are to be suspended.

 When Signal No. 8 or above is replaced by Signal No. 3: Classes of all kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability are to remain suspended. Unless previous announcement has been made to the effect that classes will be suspended for the entire day, other schools are to resume if Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 3 has been issued by 5:30 a.m. (for AM and Whole-day schools) / 10:30 a.m. (for PM schools)

When Signal No. 3 is replaced by Signal No.1 or when all signals are cancelled: All schools are to resume with the next session unless previous announcement has been made to the effect that classes will be suspended for the entire day.

*If students have already set out for school when the No. 3 signal is issued, kindergartens, schools for children with physical disability and schools for children with intellectual disability should activate the contingency plan to ensure that school premises will be open and staffed until proper arrangements are made for arriving students to return home at an appropriate time. The same applies to all schools if the Pre-No. 8 / No. 8 signal is issued when students have already set out for school.

Rainstorm Warning Procedures

Rainstorm warning – Amber: Unless the EDB has made special announcement on suspension of classes, all schools, including kindergartens, are to operate as usual.

Rainstorm warning – Red or Black:

  • Issued before 6:00 a.m:
    • Classes of AM and Whole-day schools are to be suspended all day.
    • Schools are required to activate contingency plan and arrange staff to look after students who might arrive and ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
  • Issued between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m
    • Classes of AM and Whole-day schools are to be suspended.
    • Schools are required to ensure that their premises are open until the end of the normal school hours and arrange staff to look after those students who have arrived at school. They ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
    • Students who have not left for school should stay home.
  • Issued between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
    • AM and Whole-day schools should continue the lessons until the end of the normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
  • Issued between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
    • Classes of PM schools are to be suspended.
    • AM and Whole-day schools should continue the lessons until the end of the normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
  • Issued between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    • Classes of PM schools are to be suspended.
    • PM schools are required to ensure that their premises are open until the end of the normal school hours and arrange staff to look after those students who have arrived at school. They ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
    • Students of PM schools who have not yet left for school should stay home.
    • AM and Whole-day schools should continue the lessons until the end of the normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home.
  • Issued after 1:00 p.m
    • All schools should continue the lessons until the end of the normal school hours and ought to ensure that conditions are safe before allowing students to return home

Other useful links:

Hong Kong Observatory

Education Bureau