Thursday, 16 July 2020
I am writing to update you on our progress in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The situation is complicated by the uncertainty surrounding the trajectory of the disease and our dependence on evolving government responses to it.
It is our hope that we will be able to reopen our campus in mid-August, according to our calendar and this is the goal toward which we are currently working. This we can do only with the permission of the ministry of health and with a benediction from the ministry of general education. Our board has decided that we will adhere to our published calendar with in-person learning if possible and distance-learning otherwise.
We are working to ensure that we can open safely as soon as we are able to do so. We have in place a team in the school that has planned for a number of contingencies including opening campus with some year groups attending on different days and others split over multiple classrooms to increase social distancing. Students during their off-campus days will be supported online. We will also be reallocating some classrooms and enforcing restrictions on movement designed to help keep our students safe. Our response is based on considerations from the World Health Organization and guidelines from the Ministry of General Education here in Zambia. I am confident that we shall prove ourselves once more able to serve our students safely and effectively on our campus.
By Mark Fox