Due to the current health situation in the country, it is not possible to open the school for the official start of the EFIC school year on 1 September. The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health has announced the closure of all schools, including kindergarten classes, until 31 August. It is very likely that this measure will be extended beyond that.
However, the whole EFIC team is mobilised to ensure that the new school year starts in the best possible conditions. Three new teachers are joining the team this year and have already arrived in Colombo. The whole teaching team will therefore be ready, according to a well-tested system that we will continue to perfect, to set up a quality and optimal distance learning system in this exceptional context.
While it remains difficult at this stage to predict when schools will reopen, the rapid progress of the vaccination campaign, which is now open to all persons over 18 years of age and will probably be extended to adolescents over 12 years of age, gives hope that the health measures will be gradually readjusted by the end of September. The fate of smaller establishments such as ours, which are able to offer sufficient guarantees in terms of health, could be subject to differentiated treatment. This suggests a more rapid reopening, at least for the classes of the youngest pupils, as was the case last year for the kindergartens (maternelle), in agreement with the embassy and as soon as the sanitary conditions are met.
Our objective for this new school year is therefore twofold:
1. To ensure quality distance learning for all pupils, by adapting the conditions according to the levels
2. To prepare ourselves as of now to welcome the students in the classroom in optimal sanitary conditions as soon as the conditions are met.
The whole team and I remain at your disposal to take stock of any difficulties you may encounter in this context, and to provide solutions within the school's means.
The teachers will contact each family in order to communicate the necessary information for this new school year.
You will receive regular updates on the evolution of the situation.
I know that I can count on the support of all of you to ensure that this new school year, which will once again take place in an exceptional context, is carried out in the best possible way.
23 August 2021