Director’s message 89

International School of Ouagadougou Community,

Today we have received numerous reports that:

  • There will be demonstrations this afternoon at the Place de la Nation, and various parts of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.
  • The demonstrations will continue tomorrow, with firm road blocks mostly in Ouaga 2000, and downtown making the school inaccessible.
  • On Saturday, the demonstrations will continue throughout the day.

As a result, many families have contacted us and let us know that their organizations have issued a shelter in place, and will not be coming to school tomorrow.

The school itself is going to take the following actions out of both, an “abundance of caution”, and to make sure our community can transverse the city safely:

  • Today, there will be no After School Activities Program. The full school will be dismissed at 3:15.
  • Tomorrow, we will have our 4th day of distance learning using our various virtual learning platforms that we first deployed during the 2020 Coronavirus Health Crisis (since students are in school today, teachers can physically give them work as well)
  • Saturday, the first PTA BBQ in three years will have to be postponed to ensure the safety of our community.

Once again, the Educational Leadership Team, our Head of Security, various stakeholders, and I, all feel that these gatherings will affect access to and from the school over the next few days. This would be especially true for the members of our community who do not live near the school.

For everybody’s security, we must avoid significant traffic delays in accessing the school campus caused by ongoing political gatherings.

Thank you again for your understanding and cooperation, and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let our Administrative Team, or me, know.