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AIS Communiqué #8 Regarding COVID-19

March 31, 2020
By Jacques A. Weber

Dear AIS Community,

We are writing to you today regarding the evolution of COVID-19 and how our school is adjusting to it. This is a follow-up from the COVID-19 Communiqué #7 sent on March 25th, 2020.

WOOHOO! C’EST LA RENTRÉE ! ¡BIENVENIDOS A TODOS !
Our teachers are so excited to reconnect with our AIS Owls tomorrow! It has felt like an unusually long spring break, so the opportunity to reconnect with teachers and friends will certainly be a welcome change to our new home routines. I wish to extend a big thank you to our entire AIS team who has been hard at work to ensure that we have the structures in place to comfortably move to distance learning. Merci tout le monde ! We look forward to seeing you all in class tomorrow!

AIS DISTANCE LEARNING SUPPORT
As with any new adventure, we expect that there may be some bumps in the road as we launch into our new journey tomorrow. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work this week to troubleshoot problems and iron out any wrinkles in our distance learning systems this week. That said, if you have any questions or doubts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! For students in Cycles 1 and 2 (PS through CE2), your point-of-contact for distance learning matters will be Ms. Audrey, the Lower School Principal. For students in Cycles 3 and 4 (CM1 through 4e), your point-of-contact will be Ms. Emily, the Upper School Principal. For any questions regarding the general functioning of the school during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may feel free to reach out to me directly.

EXTENSION OF CAMPUS CLOSURE
Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA-14, which mandates school campus closures – both public and private – through at least Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. Under this order, schools are expected to continue offering students a distance learning option that will ensure that they remain engaged in their academics. At AIS, we are highly committed to our students’ academic and personal growth and as such, we will continue to engage students in our unique, trilingual program throughout the duration of any school closures. Our teachers and administrative staff are on hand to support you in this process!

Thank you, as always, for giving the gift of international education to your children. Now, more than ever, we see the need for interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills to tackle a shared global problem. Above all, we are thankful for the trust you have placed in our team to encourage your children to expand their minds and broaden their perspectives – both academically and personally – each and every day they work with us in school.

Thank you for being part of the Austin International School family! See you tomorrow!

Sincerely yours,

Jacques

Mr. Jacques A. Weber, M.Ed.
Head of School/Chef d'Établissement

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