Despite circling rumors about swine flu and the delay in their arrival, it is now official that a group of students and teachers from Beijing, China, will be coming this fall to take part in the Newton-Jingshan Exchange Program.
In past years, the Chinese students arrived at the end of September and stayed through the end of January while students, called Bounders, from both Newton North and Newton South High Schools, traveled to China for the spring semester.
This year, due to concerns about the return of swine flu, there were doubts about whether or not the group from Beijing would be coming. Now, however, those doubts have dissipated due to the news that they will most likely come at the end of October.
The Newton-Jingshan Exchange has been going on for more than 25 years. Up to eight students from the two high schools and two teachers from the Newton system participate in the exchange.
While in China, the Newton participants stay individually with host families and attend school with the Chinese students.
All of the participants in the exchange, Newton host families and future Bounders, are excited to welcome the group from Beijing next month.