I hope you are keeping well and are all back safely if you went on vacation. As previously communicated, we said we would keep you informed about any updates from the Ministry of Education.
Following the Ministry of Education conference held on Thursday evening, 19th August and official communication received by our Saudi Leader yesterday morning, we have been instructed that we will be unable to have our students back physically in school in the coming weeks, as planned. Unfortunately, this restriction has been applied across Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Education is not making any exceptions.
We are seeking permission from the Ministry to allow for small groups of students to attend school physically for small group support sessions and for assessments. Mrs Aljofaish, our Saudi Leader is in daily contact with the Ministry of Education to discuss our options and to get their approval for our proposed schedules. It is essential that we have all our students back in school full-time so we will continue to communicate with the Ministry daily to seek this approval. For now, all our students will remain in Online Learning, except for our Learning Support students who have been given a special concession.
Please note that your child’s teacher will be in touch with more information on the schedules for Online Learning on Tuesday, 24th August. The Board have agreed to offer a 5% discount on fees during the 2 months of proposed Online Learning.
Parent Information Evening
We will host an online Zoom Parent Information Meeting for all parents on Wednesday 25th of August at 17:00. In this meeting, the class teachers will set out the expectations and provide information about our online learning. On Sunday 29th August the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department will host an information meeting for all parents.
We would like you and your child to meet their new teacher for this academic year. On Thursday the 26th of August we will be hosting a ‘meet and greet day’. This will give you an opportunity to come to school and meet the new classroom teacher. We will follow strict safety protocols and can therefore only accommodate one parent per child. You will receive more information about time slots from the class teacher.
The Ministry has sent a directive that class timings need to be from 15.30 – 19:00, this is not ideal for young students and cuts into family time. We are allowed to change the timings if we can prove that the majority of our parents prefer the timings from 8:00 – 14:00.