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AIS Distance Learning post Spring Break (March 29-April 2)

February 12, 2021
By Jacques A. Weber

Dear AIS Community,

I hope that this message finds you safe, sound, and warm on this unusually chilly day! Our campus is covered in an impressive layer of ice and though power and internet were knocked out at the school today, things are up and running again.

Thank you to the over 125 community members who responded to our Spring Break quick survey! Through these data, we were able to get a better understanding of our community’s plans during spring break. This is an important time near the middle of the second semester for AIS families and staff members to reconnect with friends and family. During such a busy and difficult year, I believe that it is more important than ever for our community members to enjoy the full break so that they can recharge for the latter half of the semester.

After carefully studying the survey information and discussing it with Austin Public Health this morning, we have made the decision to move AIS to our distance learning protocol from Monday, March 29th through Friday, April 2nd. This temporary shift to distance learning is similar to the period of distance learning after the Winter Break. We are providing six weeks of advance notice to help families plan for arrangements at that time.

As was the case in January, it is important to understand that this move to distance learning must not be considered an extension of the Spring Break holiday. To keep our community healthy and safe and in line with CDC, APH, and TEA guidelines, all AIS community members are expected to be back from any Spring Break travel and to begin a quarantine and/or testing no later than Sunday, March 28th, based on the information below.

In order for our community to return fully to in-person learning on Monday, April 5th, AIS community members who have had close contacts or who are presumed to have had close contact with COVID-19 (e.g., through airplane travel, attending crowded events, etc.) must complete quarantine and testing no later than the following dates:

  • on or before Sunday, March 21st if you had close contact without wearing a mask (regardless of whether you will do testing)
  • on or before Thursday, March 25th if you were wearing a mask, are asymptomatic, and you choose not to test
  • on or before Sunday, March 28th if you were wearing a mask, are asymptomatic, and you do choose to test; testing must be completed on or after Friday, April 2nd.

Please remember that close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of another person for 15+ cumulative minutes during a 24-hour period. Test may be PCR or antigen and individuals may not return to campus before receiving test results. As a reminder, all COVID-related absences are considered excused this year.

To help AIS community members prepare for a safe return to campus, I am attaching for you a COVID-19 Quarantine and Testing Reference Sheet. If you have any questions specific to your Spring Break arrangements, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you for your continued support of the health and safety of our school community. We have done an exceptional job thus far of respecting the guidelines that are keeping our students, staff, and their families healthy. I appreciate everyone’s efforts!

I wish you a restful and—above all—warm weekend!

Sincerely,

Jacques

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

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