Message from the Superintendent
Dear ACS Families,
I hope you are and your families are well. We continue to receive the response of "No" to our written and verbal requests of government authorities to grant us permission to allow children on campus with reminders from them that costly fines will be levied on schools that violate this government mandate. Nonetheless, we remain optimistic that we will be able to provide continuous education in a hybrid/blended delivery should we receive this permission before the end of the school year.
Thank you to the parents who attended our "Listening Circles" over the past few days and those who completed the STOP-START-CONTINUE SURVEY as we successfully launched our Future's Thinking Initiative last week. Conversations were lively and very positive and feedback on the survey has already provided insights about how ACS can improve. Your thoughts and reflections will inform the implementation of our Strategic Plan and focus our efforts of continuous school improvement.
If you have not completed the survey please contribute your ideas by clicking here: STOP-START-CONTINUE SURVEY. Themes that have emerged so far are:
The communication from teachers and the school about learning progress and updates related to the pandemic
Rapid response from the school when specific issues arise
Individualized attention for every student
Using educational technology in service to student learning and well-being
Giving attention to the healthy social emotional-development of children
Assigning homework that requires the use of the computer
More programming focussed on whole-child development: Physical/social/emotional well-being
Evaluating different schedules to accommodate new priorities in both academic and social-emotional programming
ACS BOARD ELECTIONS
This presentation (also linked above) explains some of the biosecurity preparations and educational program adjustments ACS has made as we prepare for the possible reopening of campus. Currently, our understanding is that the Ministry of Health is responsible for making the decision to reopen schools, and unfortunately, as recently reported on the local news the presence of the Brazilian variant in Bolivia complicates this decision. Nonetheless, we continue to advance our requests with the hope that we can reopen safely before the end of the school year. When we receive permission to have children on campus and with ACS Board approval we are ready to provide continuous education in a hybrid setting according to our DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN 2.0 and this presentation shared in January.
In the meantime, here are some resources that we ask you to review:
ACS BIOSECURITY MANUAL (ENGLISH)
The accounting office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday 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:
Create a Learning Environment
Learn how to log into Classdojo (ES), Google classroom (Gr. 3-12) and Powerschool
Communicate with Teachers
Monitor Screen Time
Ensure Proper Sleep
Take Care of Yourself
WAAGS: Week At A Glance
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.
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
Please click on this link for an archive of previous Messages from the Superintendent
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SUPPLY LIST 2020-2021
MEET THE TEAM
Chain of Command (English)
Cadena de Comando (Spanish)
STUDENT PARENT HANDBOOKS
Extra-Curricular Handbook (English)
Extra-Curricular Handbook (Espanol)
2019-2020 Learning Celebrations
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