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March 13, 2020 Superintendent COVID-19 update.

Good morning,

Last night, the AISL Board and leadership team held an emergency meeting to review both local and global events. Nigeria currently has two confirmed cases. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization officially announced COVID-19 as a pandemic yesterday. We are living in some unprecedented times. We are doing our utmost to evaluate all the information available. The Board and leadership team have made several decisions with the intention of keeping our students and community safe. These were difficult decisions that we recognize are going to be challenging for our students, parents and staff. 

The school will operate as normal through Sunday, March 15th. This weekend will be the final weekend of Saturday sports. The middle school play will also take place today and Saturday. Please be aware that we will consider the postponement, adaptation or cancellation of future events as we approach those dates. At this time, non-AISL community visitors will be limited to pre-approved, essential visitors as determined by the Head of Safety and Security and the Superintendent. 
 

AISL Raised to Level 3 beginning Monday, March 16, 2020

Given the new global developments, we will be raising to a level 3 alert on our Infectious Disease-Making Protocol starting Monday, March 16. Students and faculty/staff will still come to school, however this means that as of Monday, all of the following activities and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

  • All after school activities provided by external providers or coaches

  • Saturday Sports 

  • All external sports competitions

  • All local and international field trips 

  • The PTO Fun Fair 

  • The Nigerian Schools Conference

  • Non-essential professional travel for AISL staff

  • Campus Master Plan Community Event

  • Any campus events or activities held by outside organizations

We are still working through the logistics regarding cancellations of student international trips and after school activities. You will receive information about these from the principals, trip leaders and athletics director as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. 
 

Regular and Online School Dates

  • Normal in-school classes: March 16 - April 3, 2020

  • Spring Break: Saturday, April 4 - Tuesday, April 14

  • Online-school begins: Wednesday, April 15 -  Wednesday, April 29 (No students should come to school.)

We will maintain normal in-school classes (7:30 A.M. 2:30 P.M. for elementary, 7:30-3:00 P.M. for middle and high school) until Friday, April 3. At this time, we expect to observe our spring break from Saturday, April 4 to Tuesday, April 14. Returning from the break, we will hold online school for two weeks, April 15 - 29. We plan to resume regular in-person classes from Thursday, April 30. This will allow us to ensure the school community has passed the 14-day incubation period for COVID-19 after returning to our school campus after break. 

Travel Plan Survey - Please complete.

Please remember to complete the AISL family travel plans survey by Monday, March 20. If you or a family member are traveling, please note our list of COVID-19 Affected Countries which have been updated to include many more destinations. The survey is designed so you can go back and change your responses should your travel plans change. All travelers returning from our Category 1 countries (regardless of travel dates) 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. From Monday, March 16, any family that has a parent, student or other household member travel from and return to Lagos from one of the Category 1 countries is expected to report their travels to the school and the family is required to stay away from the AISL campus for 14 days.  

Should a family return to Lagos after April 15, they will need to spend 14 days in self-quarantine before returning to school, regardless of their travel destination. We implore you to take this seriously by being honest and transparent about your travel. No one wants to be the one who spread a pandemic disease into our community by not following preventative measures to the best of their ability. Let us all be responsible AISL citizens. 

Online Learning Preparation and Assistance

As part of our heightened alert level 3, we will be increasing our communication and community education plans. Our technology department will be sending out a parent survey to get families thinking about how to be prepared to support online learning at home. This information will also help the school know more about parent needs and ways we may support families further. We will follow this up with a parent forum on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 A.M. in the Parent Lounge to provide parents with additional information and training in regards to supporting online learning. 

 

Prevention Strategies

We continue to work on prevention strategies. Our cleaning staff disinfect frequently touched surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, railings and student desks)  multiple times a day. Teachers and staff have all participated in training regarding COVID-19 safety prevention and response. Students will continue receiving standardized lessons on practicing good personal hygiene, including effective handwashing and coughing/sneezing training. We are also scanning everyone’s temperatures on school entry, and we have provided hand sanitizers at school gates, around the campus, and in the classrooms. 

Parents should keep children home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of illness including fever, sore throat, coughing, etc. Teachers, staff and parents should also follow the same advice. The safety of our students and community is our top priority. 

Communication

All AISL communication on COVID-19 can now be located in one central location on our Health Safety website page. We also encourage everyone to subscribe to our WhatsApp communication which will be implemented soon. You can subscribe when you complete the AISL Family Travel Survey

Please understand that all plans are based on the current situation. As events continue to evolve, we may need to make adjustments. Thank you for your collaboration and cooperation. AISL is a tight-knit, strong community and we will get through this together. Stay safe and healthy. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Safety and Security, Mr. MacDonald, at mokouboh@aislagos.org


Yours in partnership,
 

Sean Areias, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

sareias@aislagos.org

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