Students from 40 countries at local international school deliver thank you message to Korean health authorities.

The students of Dulwich College Seoul, located in Banpo- dong, delivered a thank you message to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and local medical professionals on June 5. Representing over 40 countries from around the world, the students from Dulwich College Seoul, aged 3 to 18, have observed the tireless efforts of Korean medical staff as they fight COVID-19.

As part of its contribution to the “Deokbune Challenge,” which translates to “Thank You Challenge,” Dulwich College Seoul individually photographed about 200 students doing sign language for “appreciation” and “respect” for medical staff dedicated to responding to COVID-19, creating a mosaic which shows the word “Deokbune” in Korean.

“We thank you with all our hearts for your heroic efforts in protecting and helping us in these difficult times,” said Aaron J, a Year 12 (17 year-old) student at Dulwich College Seoul, who participated in the Deokbune Challenge. Dulwich College Seoul provided online education to all students starting on February 24 due to Covid-19, and the school began a phased reopening on May 20 under Korean government guidelines.

In order to complement the efforts of local medical professionals to contain the virus, the school has implemented the following procedures: school entry and exit times for students are staggered; students keep at least one meter apart in classrooms; all staff and students wear masks all day; activities are adapted to maintain distancing; and the dining hall is operating on less than 50% capacity with partitions separating students and with no shared utensils.

“Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Korean medical staff and the Korean health authorities, we have now have hope in the midst of a global pandemic,” remarked Graeme Salt, headmaster at Dulwich College Seoul. “Our children are back to studying at school and meeting their friends, and I would like to express my gratitude to all local medical staff on behalf of the school.”