COVID 19 Update 18 (15 May 2020) including Letter from Chair of Governors

Coronavirus Abstract

Everyone at AIS recognises the sheer effort that has gone in to making the transition from learning in school to learning at home a successful experience. AIS staff, management, teachers, specialists, and other supporting professionals have been working diligently to avoid learning being disrupted. However, I know staff would join us in stating that much of that credit for the continued success of the distance learning programmes belongs to our students and of course, parents, who have assumed the role of co-teachers. So, on behalf of all staff, thank you to all involved.

Principals and staff across all national sections are continuing to produce schedules and timetables that manage concerns of too much screen time, the difficulty in managing learning for multiple siblings in the home, bandwidth challenges, and workload. Our students are proving to be incredibly creative and resilient and are rising to every challenge this new way of working is demanding. The regular national newsletters and the website provide a tremendous insight into the quality of learning and creative teaching styles that is occurring every day across our AIS community.

Letter from the Chair of Governors

The Board of Governors has met this week and the Chair of Governors has written to parents confirming planning is in place to open AIS in August for the start of the new School Year 2020/2021. The Directorate and the Management Team is reviewing the plans and arrangements required for families to safely close down the school year paying particular attention to social distancing measures, avoiding contact and maintaining rigorous hygiene routines. Included in this planning is the detail for our AIS Graduates to have their successes acknowledged and celebrated in what promises to be a unique and special ceremony in these unprecedented times. Further details of all the arrangements for all these activities will be shared in due course.

We are also highly engaged in all the preparations for the intended opening of AIS in August, planning contingences based on the status of COVID-19. This includes working closely with all our contracting partners to ensure continuity of student services as they too have experienced the serious impact of COVID 19. As the detail of this planning and work progresses, we will be able to update you.

Perhaps it is at times of challenge that we are best placed to reflect upon all the things which are really good in our lives and all the positives which exist even through difficult times. It is a little tragic that it takes something as extreme as COVID 19 to make us do this. Sometimes the treadmill of daily life stops us all from noticing what is in glaringly obvious and in front of us all the time. If you haven’t seen it, we share a video called ‘The Great Realisation’; it tells the fairy tale of a better future after mankind reprioritises following COVID-19.

We close, with a friendly reminder to maintain the current restrictions in place and keep well and safe.

AIS Directorate

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