Dear BFS Community,
BFS introduced virtual school on march 4th as a response to COVID-19, its status in Busan and Corea, and taking into consideration guidance provided by the Korean Ministry of Education, as well as best practices in other like schools within and outside Korea. We eagerly await the time when it will be safe for our students to return to our halls. Meanwhile, we thank you for your continued patience, understanding and partnership during this challenging time.
Below you will be able to see some of the most frequently asked questions. If there is something you would like us to address and do not see it here, make sure to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the current situation?
BFS moved to a virtual school mode on March 4th, 2020. This situation is reviewed weekly.
Parents will be given at least a four-day notice prior to the physical re-opening of the school.
Please check our latest news section for our official communications.
When does my family have to return to Busan?
In order to prevent further spread of COVID–19, we have been informed that the Busan Ministry of Education that anyone who has traveled to another country will need to wait 14 days from their return date to be physically allowed back in school.
Additionally, the government has put measures in place to control imported cases. Please refer to the chart below published by the Korean Centre for Disease and Control.
When will BFS physically re-open?
We are currently scheduled to physically open on April 20th. However, due to the uncertainty of the impact and continued spread of COVID–19, we cannot give any guarantees. Should this date be extended, you will be notified prior to April 15th.
In the interim, our comprehensive BFS Virtual School plan will continue. And while we have seen strong results thus far, we are committed to further refining our execution to deliver the quality education we are known for.
Your partnership in this process is crucial and we encourage you to continuously give us feedback through our weekly Friday surveys.
What will BFS do to ensure a safe return to school?
Student safety will always be our number one priority. Prior to school opening, BFS will release a comprehensive list of actions taken to ensure everyone’s safety while at BFS. This list will utilize the guidelines provided by the Busan Ministry of Education.
How will BFS physical closure affect the calendar and year-end date?
As we will be engaged in virtual learning during this period of physical closure, we do not anticipate make-up days or an extension to the school year-end date of June 12, 2020.
Can I enter the BFS campus while on virtual school?
During this period of campus closure, our campuses are not accessible to students, nor families.
No activities are held at the school.
Will School and Lunch Fees be reimbursed?
Busan Foreign School will be crediting or refunding lunches and bussing for the time that we were physically closed during COVID-19.
If you are departing BFS, you will receive a refund.
If you are returning to BFS, you will receive a credit towards your 2020-2021 fees.
Both refunds and credits will be calculated based on a daily rate while the school remains physically closed and will be applied in June.
The daily rate will be the number of closed dates divided by the total of 181 school days.
What is the latest SAT exam information?
The March, and May SATs have been canceled.
The June SAT (Subject test only) is expected to take place.
At present, the next full SAT will be held in August.
What is the latest AP exam information?
College Board has confirmed AP exams will go ahead following a modified format.
The exams will be taken online, at home, and last 45-minutes.
The exam content has been truncated, Your child’s teacher is aware of these changes and will be preparing them accordingly.
As soon as exam dates are released we will notify you.
How can I support my child emotionally during this time?
We know this global health situation poses many challenges for families. We would like to reinforce the message that you are not alone.
Our school Vice-Principal, Mr. Brenneman, is available and will help you navigate through academic challenges your child might encounter during this period.
Our school counselor, Ms. Ness, can also be contacted and plays an active role in emotionally supporting your children during BFS virtual school.
What actions can I take to keep my family safe from the COVID-19?
The best of all defenses continue to be respiratory hygiene and increased education efforts in all communities:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Wear a mask when you go outside.
- Stay home if you are sick, especially with any respiratory illness or fever.
- Respect social distancing guidelines as provided by your local authorities.
Where can I find additional information about the COVID-19
The Korean government has been praised for its transparency in sharing information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about the situation in Korea, and Busan can be found in English using the following sources:
Worldwide official information is available: