Dear AISL Community,
I was extremely impressed by the smooth physical re-opening of the whole school this week. The students were brilliantly behaved, following all COVID protocols as set out by the school. For me, personally, it has been 17 months since witnessing a ‘regular day’ on a school campus so it was particularly special. I have to say, on Monday morning, you could positively sense the excitement of the parents as they dropped their children off! Students were equally happy. What I love about international schools is the calm, relaxed and yet respectful atmosphere that prevails. I spoke to quite a few parents. When I am outside in the morning or afternoon, please introduce yourself as I am eager to get to know the community. We are looking forward to continuous and uninterrupted in-person learning going forward.
AISL Entry Plan
In the coming months I will be meeting with cross sections of the AISL community to gather data systematically and thoroughly, to learn about the school and community so as to identify and analyse Strengths, Opportunities Aspirations and Results (SOAR). I aim to collect qualitative as well as quantitative data. This, along with our reaccreditation visit next March from CIS and MSA and the reauthorization of our IB programs, will help frame the next level of our strategic vision that ensure whole community buy-in.
Relevant Definitions of a SOAR Analysis:
S = Strengths: What AISL is doing really well, including its assets, capabilities, and greatest accomplishments. What would you fight to keep?
O= Opportunities: External circumstances that could improve learner needs, threats or weakness reframed into possibilities. What would you love to lose?
A= Aspirations: What AISL can be and desires to be known for.
R=Results: The tangible, measurable items that will indicate when the goals and aspirations of the AISL community have been achieved.
In partnership with the PTA
Connected to the above, in the coming weeks, I would like to meet as many of you as possible to begin to get to know this community. I am eager to share with you my educational vision for our learners. The PTA will be coordinating this so watch this space.
Booking Flights for the Holidays
This week, the COVID Task Force reconvened to discuss their role going forward after doing an incredible job last year. Although there are just under four months until our long break in December, families may need to start booking flights, so the current protocol regarding the quarantine requirements was discussed. At this time the decision remains to maintain our current protocols regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated family members.
Here is the current protocol:
For families with unvaccinated members, including small children, all family members would need to quarantine for seven days and get a PCR or rapid test on Days 3-5. If that result is negative, then share the result with nurse Jennifer and return to campus on Day 8. If you prefer not to have the family get a PCR test, your family has the option to quarantine for ten days and come to campus on Day 11.
Wishing everyone a pleasant and relaxing weekend.
With kind regards,
Dr. Oli Tooher-Hancock
American International School of Lusaka
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