Statement regarding the 2019-Novel Coronavirus

Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN) believes in supporting people and schools towards the best transitions-care practices, and training individuals across the world is a key pillar in our work as a non-profit organization.

We find ourselves at a crossroads of mobility. The spread of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus reminds us of the ease with which our world, and the humans within it, are interconnected. Airport transport links, particularly, have facilitated the faster movement of people, goods, and – viruses. With this new era, people and schools are facing short-term transition decisions, including extended school closures in mainland China leading to distance teaching and learning online, with staff and families from school communities scattered across the globe.

At SPAN, we remain focused on the positive opportunities that globalization can bring to the world. We remain committed to the importance of training international school staff and educating the broader school community around the globe regarding the need to positively manage transitions. We believe in caring for the people doing important transitions-care in their school communities.

As such, the SPAN Board, in conjunction with the leadership of Shekou International School, ACAMIS and PD Academia, have decided to postpone our scheduled training on March 7-8 until September 12-13, 2020. We look forward to seeing you and other champions of transitions-care from your school at this training.

Additionally, we were excited to share our latest findings in a panel presentation during the Families in Global Transitions (FIGT) conference planned for March at the International School of Bangkok. And, we were looking forward to hosting our educator colleagues in attendance at a “Drinks & Nibbles” event nearby. However, after some very difficult deliberations, the FIGT Board has also cancelled their conference. Part of their statement is below:

Due to the evolving situation with the 2019-Novel Coronavirus and the difficulties and uncertainties currently surrounding international travel, the FIGT Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the FIGT 2020 Conference in Bangkok. This decision was made after careful consideration and with an abundance of care and concern for the health and wellbeing of our FIGT community and the wider global community.

We, the SPAN Board, are taking all of these developments of our partner organizations into consideration as we stay focused on our mission to “offer a home for people and schools committed to healthy student, family and staff transition.” We are also looking at creative solutions to provide quality training and education for our international community in the remainder of 2020, and beyond.

In a time of uncertainty in the world, let’s remain focused on the need to support our students, families and staff in their mobility, and how being more interconnected as a globe can help us all share resources to help humanity.

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