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Rising to the challenge

Last week, in an effort to maximize the health and well-being of every member of our school community, our Head of School announced the decision to close our LA and OC campuses to all students as of Monday, March 16, 2020 and for two weeks, until we re-evaluate the situation. This decision has inevitably impacted after-school activities, athletics, field trips and community activities, all of which are currently suspended.

Since then, every day is bringing new restrictions impacting everyone’s daily lives in ways that none of us has ever experienced before. In these highly uncertain times, our International School of Orange County families have been able to count on one stable aspect in their lives: their children’s bilingual learning.

In the two days following the school closure, our amazing faculty and staff members were able to put together a comprehensive online learning plan for all of our students, from preschool through 8th grade, working around the clock and collaboratively to implement our unique School Continuity e-Learning Plan. By Tuesday afternoon, all our families had received specific instructions regarding the time and content of their first online sessions in French and English, covering all essential subjects before the official kick-off of our school-wide sessions on Wednesday, March 18.

Using currently available tools such as Voicethread or Google Classroom, but also brand new tools, our faculty has definitely risen to the challenge of providing great solutions in such a short amount of time. We are proud to say that these efforts have given our families the confidence and support needed in these challenging times.

As we are advancing toward an unexpected future in this global health crisis, it is always comforting to see our school community remain faithful to its values of academic excellence and mutual respect.

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