March 11, 2020 Superintendent COVID-19 update.
As everyone knows, the COVID-19 infection continues to spread globally. Nevertheless, the situation remains stable in Nigeria with only two confirmed cases. Given the upgrade in media coverage and questions from the AISL community, I will commit to sending out at least two communications weekly with COVID-19 updates. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans accordingly, including communication.
As I have mentioned previously, there is a lot of false information circulating. Although we need to take the COVID-19 situation seriously, it is important to make decisions grounded in facts. It is also important to presume positive intentions. Both parents and the school want what is best for our children and the community. AISL will always put student safety and well-being first.
All AISL communication on COVID-19 (past, present and future) can now be located in one central location on our Health Safety website page. There is also a link to this page at the top of our school homepage. This page includes links to our Infectious Disease Decision-Making Protocol. You will also find the links to information about COVID-19 travel alerts and countries with self-quarantine restrictions upon return. Our AISL Virtual Learning Plan is also published. We will implement online learning should we need to move to a higher alert level. We currently remain at a level 2 on our 4-point scale, which means normal school with increased precautions. Several other health and government resources are linked on our new page. We hope you find this information useful.
Last week every parent and staff member should have received an email to fill out a SurveyMonkey questionnaire where we are asking you about your upcoming spring break travel plans. The holiday period is from April 4 through April 14. We are requesting that all AISL families declare their travel plans on this form by March 20. If you are traveling, please note our list of COVID-19 Affected Countries. Travelers returning from our Category 1 countries will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. Please continue to refer back to this list of countries, as it is subject to change as world events evolve. Also, if a parent or family member travels to another country outside of spring break, please notify us as well. We are relying on our community to be transparent and responsible in their reporting.
Some parents have asked me to add countries to the affected country list. Please note that we need to rely on the information provided by outside experts. We are using information from the CDC in the United States, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, as well as UK and Canadian governmental guidelines. We do not have the expertise to impose our own travel alerts on countries.
As communicated to middle and high school families yesterday, WAISAL has cancelled all remaining events for the school year. This is mainly due to logistical complications rather than actual health risks at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation both globally and locally on an ongoing basis when determining whether to continue with other school events, activities or trips.
Teachers and staff have all participated in training regarding COVID-19 safety prevention and response. Students have also received reminders on practicing good personal hygiene, including effective handwashing and coughing/sneezing training. Parents should keep children home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness including fever, sore throat, coughing, etc. Teachers and staff should also follow the same advice. The safety of our students and community is our top priority.
Thank you for your collaboration and cooperation. Stay safe and healthy. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Safety and Security, Mr. MacDonald, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in partnership,
Sean Areias, Ed.D.