Dear AISA Families,
This morning, our Board of Governors, a Board of Trustees representative, and the Administrative team met to evaluate our protocols for safety and security, as well as to review our online learning plan. We remain confident and steadfast in our ability to provide an excellent education for our students but recognize that excellent education also requires a healthy community. Based on the evolving situation both among international schools and in our own community, the school has decided to officially close campus as of Wednesday morning, March 18, 2019, and shift to online learning. The leadership team recognizes that this will be a challenge for the entire community, however, it is the best option to ensure our whole community’s safety.
AISA Raised to Level 4
We are moving to Level 4 on our AISA Viral Outbreaks Rubric. Although Nigeria currently has only three confirmed cases, we evaluated other risk factors. The risk factors that moved us to Level 4 are the unprecedented number of countries closing their borders, airlines decreasing frequency and restricting travel routes, as well as the actions of other international schools in the region. Additionally, we are aware that many parents or family members are currently traveling back to Abuja from high-risk countries. As a result, the school’s self-quarantining guidelines have been compromised, requiring us to make a decision in the best interest of our community.
Closed Campus. Open School.
At this time, it has been decided to close the campus and shift to online learning. In order to best protect quality, student-centered instruction, we will be running an online learning trial beginning Thursday. Campus will be closed to all students and families beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18.
Today: Tuesday, March 17 Student devices and materials will be sent home.
Tomorrow: Wednesday, March 18 No school for students. Teachers prepare online lessons to begin Thursday.
Online Learning: Thursday, March 18 and Friday, March 19 Shift to online learning. Parents submit feedback for audit of online learning protocols.
Spring Break: March 23-27
Spring Break will proceed as scheduled.
Online Learning Continues: March 30-April 13 Online learning continues.
Campus Reopens: April 14 This date will be revisited weekly by the AISA Board and Administrative Team.
Transition Day Tomorrow. Online Learning Begins Thursday.
Our faculty will utilize tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, to prepare online lessons that are authentic, value-added and aligned to our current units of study. There will be no school for students Wednesday, March 18. Lessons will be posted, as per our online learning protocols, by 7pm Wednesday evening for Thursday’s classes.
We are grateful for the hard work of our colleagues, particularly the staff members who serve on the front lines of keeping our students healthy and safe. Our counselors, teachers and teaching assistants are providing critical support for students who may feel some discomfort in this change in routine and procedures.
In the coming weeks, our Board of Governors and Administrative Team will continue to evaluate how the pandemic affects our community. We will be providing regular updates on our website and via AISA Communications emails. We appreciate the community’s patience, flexibility and support during this time.
Randy Neen Head of School