Dear CAC Community,
Hello from the Office of the Head of School. I wanted to take this opportunity to again welcome the new families to Cairo American College this year, a total of 144 new students from grades Pk-12.
We are happy to have started our school year on schedule after spending a very busy summer researching, planning, and developing our phased reopening plan that is currently in place. After almost three months back on campus we are pleased to see that our comprehensive mitigation strategies have been effective preventing COVID-19 spread on campus. In addition, we are also motivated to keep moving forward with our phased reopening with a target of having 100% of our students back on campus, five days a week, by the start of the second semester at the latest. Currently, we are implementing phase 1.5 and expect the stability of viral transmission to allow a shift to phase 2 starting early in November. Thank you to the MS and HS principals for presenting to the school community this week to carefully explain what phase 1,5 entails.
Beyond the start of the school year encased in comprehensive mitigation strategies, CAC continues to look forward through our yearly school-wide priorities, the CIS/MSA self-study, and planning for the new Strategic Plan. The administration, faculty, and staff have developed committees to focus on this year’s school-wide goals of well-being, child protection, implementation of the IB Primary Years Program, and addressing diversity, equity, & inclusion topics. Further committees were established to review, discuss, and respond to the requirements put forth in the CIS/MSA preparatory evaluation report. Finally, the strategic planning task force will work concurrently with committee chairs to research, develop, and write the next CAC Strategic Plan through 2025. Inclusive Strategic Planning working groups will emerge over the school year to develop long-term specific priorities.
On October 21st the Head of School and Principals will give a brief update on the school year, followed by the opportunity for the school community to ask questions. Thank you to the PTO for organizing this second opportunity to engage the school leadership team with questions and share any concerns.
Thank you for your continued support and positive feedback.
Be Safe and Stay Well!
Dr. Jared Harris
Head of School