School Directors and Principals message to parents- 16th May 2021
School will be on-line this week (17th-20th May 2021).
We have not received any new instructions from the government regarding opening the school, so we are relying on our own experience and the advice of medical professionals regarding the best policy to follow this week. We have made a decision that a week on-line would be both sensible and prudent. We have taken this decision with the health and safety of our community at the forefront of our planning and decision making.
Our reasons are as follows:
- We have previously found that after a holiday the number of cases increase and we find ourselves daily having to close classes and year groups, let alone dealing with high absenteeism amongst our teachers who may have COVID or are having to quarantine.
- Many of our parents are doctors and they are all concerned, along with the government, that the number of COVID cases in the country is rising again. Their advice is to take more time and take a controlled break as many families have been away for the EID. If anyone has been exposed during the holiday the symptoms will develop during this week and so it is better to keep the school closed and teach on-line.
The school will be open for administration and teaching staff as normal during this week. Thereafter from Sunday 23rd May we hope we can return to the 3-day, 2-day, in-school and on-line pattern that was working well before the holiday. We will advise you on Thursday 20th May.
A special note regarding exams: students who have scheduled exams in both the senior British School (IGCSE, AS and A Levels) and American School (AP) will attend campus as planned for these exams. Similarly, students in Grade 9/Year 10 will also receive information later today regarding the processes for Addedeya exam papers.
Finally, we are asking staff and parents to continue to be vigilant about possible Covid-19 symptoms and look to avoid social gatherings. Please let us know immediately if Covid-19 is in your household via the school doctors (Dr Nevine email@example.com as Dr Sally firstname.lastname@example.org is unavailable until 20th May).
Soumaya Amr, Colin Rogers, Karim Rogers, Allison Fleet and Matt Topliss
School Directors and Principals