Canceled Manila Conference Updates

February 21, 2020

The International School of Manila (ISM) is taking the lead on issuing refunds, as they are the institution that collected the funds.

  • ISM stated yesterday (February 20, 2020) that refunds would begin in a few weeks. As a reminder, if you paid by PayPal (credit card), no further action is required to receive your refund.
  • If you paid by invoice, ISM needs you to complete this form so they can collect your bank information to do the electronic funds transfer (EFT). 

The SENIA Board is working on ways to bring the learning missed from Manila to you virtually – stay tuned for more details!

As a way to offset the processing fee deduction imposed during the refund process, SENIA is sending those affected by the conference cancellation a $30 coupon to be applied at the next conference.

As we mentioned this week, the Annual SENIA Conference will take place earlier in the school year on December 4-6, 2020 at Chadwick International School in Incheon, Korea!  Looking ahead, we hope to see many of you at one of the SENIA events offered during the 2020-21 school year!

February 4, 2020

The International School Manila (ISM) has drafted a letter that better explains the next steps for conference reimbursement. All SENIA 2020 participants should have received this via email  yesterday.

The letter states that ISM will be offering a partial refund, less the fees from Eventbrite,PayPal and a processing fee of USD $30.They will be sending a Google forms to those that paid by invoice to collect bank information for the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in order to complete the refund process. Those who paid by PayPal, will be issued a refund via PayPal and they hope to begin that process in due course.

In addition, this letter can serve as documentation to support the cancellation of hotel and air reservations. 

Here is a copy of that letter.

Thank you again for your patience as we navigate these unexpected circumstances.

February 3, 2020 (Conference Cancelled)

All of us at SENIA hope this message finds you, your family and all your co-workers safe and healthy. As you know, your safety and the safety of all involved is of the utmost importance and we are thankful for everyone’s patience as we work through these unexpected circumstances.

There is a CHANGE from the information we posted on January 31, 2020.

At this time, the SENIA conference at the International School Manila (ISM) HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SENIA is liaising with the International School Manila (ISM), and more information about conference refunds will be posted shortly on the this page.

Should you have other questions and/or inquiries please email the SENIA Board at  seniaboard@seniainternational.org.

We sincerely regret that our conference will not allow for the networking and learning that we had hoped for, but rest assured that the SENIA Board is looking at innovative professional development opportunities in the coming months.

We hope to see many of you at a SENIA event during the 2020-21 school year, as there will be two conference opportunities – more information coming soon!

January 31, 2020

SENIA continues to monitor the potential impact the novel coronavirus has on the conference. Your safety and the safety of all involved is of the utmost importance.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these unexpected circumstances. Please email the SENIA Board at seniaboard@seniainternational.org if you have any questions.

The SENIA conference at the International School Manila (ISM) will continue as planned on February 21-23, 2020.

Refunds will be provided to Chinese nationals as the Philippines government has stated that they will not be issuing visas on arrival for Chinese citizens, and to attendees residing in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, as travel has been restricted by the Chinese government.

Additional refunds will be honored under the following circumstances.

January 30, 2020

SENIA continues to monitor the potential impact the novel coronavirus has on the conference. 

We wanted to alert you of a change we received this afternoon regarding travel for Chinese nationals to the Philippines. If you are a Chinese passport holder, and planned to apply for a visa on arrival, we regret to inform you that the Philippines government has suspended this service due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.

Refunds will be provided to Chinese nationals because the country of the Philippines has stated that they will not be issuing visas on arrival for these individuals. We will continue to revise this list based on the current information available.

January 29, 2020

We wanted to let you know that we have been following the news regarding the novel corona virus and tracking its development.

At this point, the SENIA conference will continue as planned. 

The World Health Organization has not classified the coronavirus as a global health emergency, specifying no human to human infection outside of China. All the IASAS schools (International School Manila included) have met and there is no restricted travel to any countries, other than Singapore.

Should you have specific questions and/or inquiries please email the SENIA Board at seniaboard@seniainternational.org

SENIA will update this statement on: February 3rd, 10th, and 17th.