Message from the Superintendent

Dear ACS Families,

I hope you are and your families are well. We have been planning for the reopening of campus since we closed in March of 2020. There is no definitive date to reopen campus for blended learning. However, when we receive permission from the authorities and feel it is safe to invite students back to their classrooms we want to be prepared. This requires staff training on new biosecurity protocols as well as managing new classroom technology to facilitate teaching and learning in our blended model.

Please read the section below titled SECOND SEMESTER PLANNING to access an informative video with Spanish subtitles and learn more about measures ACS is taking to STOP, PREVENT, and REACT to possible transmission of CoVid 19 in our community.

THE 4 W's

  1. Wear your mask and other PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

  2. Wash your hands

  3. Watch your distance

  4. Work together: to avoid large gatherings and remind each other of our collective responsibility to keep our community safe

SECOND SEMESTER PLANNING

This presentation explains some of the biosecurity preparations and educational program adjustments ACS is making as we prepare for the possible reopening of campus. Should we receive permission from Bolivian authorities and approval from the ACS Board we will initiate our blended learning model. Parents will have the choice to send their children to campus or continue virtually as we navigate this shift together. Stay tuned for more details associated with our DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN 2.0. Here is a document that summarizes our STOP-PROTECT-REACT BIOSECURITY MEASURES

GUIDING PRINCIPLES: These are the principles that will guide our reopening planning:


  1. Act with fidelity to achieve ACS’s Mission grounded in our vision of excellence, Core Values and Learning Principles along with government compliance considerations.

  2. Prefer face-to-face learning over remote learning whenever it is safe to do so.

  3. Prioritize student, faculty, and staff health, safety, and wellbeing over other principles.

  4. Ensure hygiene-and health-related policies are research-based, clearly communicated, effectively implemented, and diligently enforced.

  5. Promote practices and policies to reduce risk of virus transmission and support our capacity to be responsive and agile when facing changing health circumstances.

TUITION PAYMENTS

The accounting office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. everyday for parents to update their accounts. Please follow our safety protocols and all instructions provided by the security team.

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

The ACS Board recently approved the calendar of important dates for the 2021-2022 school year. Click here to see when the school year begins, planned vacations and other important dates.

ONLINE ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

ACS offers this list ONLINE ACTIVITIES Jan-May 2021 for the convenience and consideration of parents. The arrangements made between families and these instructors are private and independent of ACS. As such, they are not administered, managed by, or have any affiliation with the school. Arrangements regarding time, methods, and pricing, are determined exclusively with the instructors.

DISTANCE LEARNING TIPS FOR PARENTS

Please alert your child's teachers and/or the Guidance Counselors if you need any specific support regarding your child's learning. This is especially important if your home situation has changed due to illness or other issues related to the pandemic.

Check out these other "Distance Learning Tips For Parents" (in Spanish and English) described in the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Rosalind Wiseman, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and John Hattie. Click on this link to learn more about the following 7 strategies to set your child up for success:

  1. Establish Routines

  2. Create a Learning Environment

  3. Learn how to log into Classdojo (ES), Google classroom (Gr. 3-12) and Powerschool

  4. Communicate with Teachers

  5. Monitor Screen Time

  6. Ensure Proper Sleep

  7. Take Care of Yourself

WAAGS: Week At A Glance

  1. All Secondary WAAGS: click here: All access to zoom recordings is by request only. Parents should email the teacher directly.

  2. All Elementary WAAGS: click here All access to zoom recordings is by request only. Parents should click on the link in the site and click "Request Access"

THE COUGAR PARENT UNIVERSITY

In response to parent feedback we are happy to launch the Cougar Parent University. Click on the picture to the left to access the University which consists of a list of parent forums (also below), scholarly articles, webinars, our Virtual Library and additional resources aimed at equipping you with the information you need to effectively partner with the school in your child's learning journey.

2020-2021 APPLICATION FOR AN ADDITIONAL CoVID TUITION DISCOUNT

The ACS Board has been committed to assisting families to the greatest extent possible throughout the national health emergency by providing opportunities to apply for an additional tuition discount. The additional discount has been offered in solidarity to our community and not as a result of providing anything less than the best continuous education in the region.

Eligibility for the additional CoVid tuition discount of up to 14% requires that your account is current or that you have no more than 2 months of outstanding debt. This means that your tuition must be paid at least through October of 2020 to receive the discount for January. To receive the discount in February your account must be current at least through November and so on. If you have outstanding debt from the last 2 months you must arrange to update and/or sign a pagare with the business office. Please contact Mrs. Erika Ferrufino to schedule an appointment beginning January 11.

For those interested in applying for an additional CoVID Tuition discount for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year please see information on how to apply in the on-line application form linked here Tuition Discount Application 2020-2021 (English) or Descuento de Matricula 2020-2021 (Spanish).


CHILD SAFETY AND PROTECTION

SAFETY MEASURES AND CHILD PROTECTION

In partnership with and support from the US State Department we have purchased equipment and are upgrading our health facilities to reflect international school safety standards specific to CoVid-19 safety protocols. ACS will adhere to and likely exceed standards provided by Bolivian and US Government authorities as they pertain to the safe physical reopening of schools.

Child protection and safety is a top priority. The school is in strict compliance with Bolivian Law and follows International best practices to ensure child safety including cyber security and teaching students how to use technology responsibly in virtual learning environments

2020-2021 ACS Child Protection Policy (linked here)

ACS CALENDAR

COUGAR HUB

Please click on this link for an archive of previous Messages from the Superintendent

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Feedback Wanted

We welcome your observations and suggestions about all ACS programs, events and initiatives. You can provide feedback by clicking on this link. or by clicking on the Feedback links provided on each of the Secondary and Elementary Newsletters.