NESA Coronavirus Update
One month on from the cancellation of our Spring Educators Conference due to COVID-19, exposure and infection rates continue to rise, and the NESA Community is increasingly affected. We recognize the gravity of this global health crisis and the difficulties you are facing, and applaud the resilience, resourcefulness and innovation of NESA schools during these turbulent times.
As of this writing:
- School closures have taken place in: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and some in India (all schools in New Delhi) [updated March 16].
- Many of you are wrestling with the impact of the virus on school trips, spring breaks, possible quarantines, external examinations (SAT, IB, AP), graduation and more.
- Schools are offering uninterrupted learning via virtual schooling: NESA school hallways may be quiet, but our virtual classrooms are abuzz. (Our schools are among the best prepared to respond to the crisis thanks to the vision of NESA’s A/OS Regional Education Officer Dr. Bea Cameron, who has supported Virtual School for many years.)
- NESA learning programs are also moving online: in support of our schools, plans are underway to deliver select NESA professional learning programs via distance learning. In addition, the NESA Center is easily able to shift to a virtual workspace as needed, without interruption to our services.
The full impact of COVID-19 remains difficult to forecast, but we will continue to keep health and safety as our top priority, monitor the situation closely, and inform you of any changes regarding NESA programming.
In the meantime, we invite you to read this handbook from Ellen Mahoney’s Sea Change Mentoring: Ten Strategies for Educators' Wellbeing, as well as this infographic shared by Laurie Tasharski at the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) on child protection in an online learning environment: Make Virtual School Safer.
You may also find the following links useful:
- Updates and resources: World Health Organization, NAIS, AAIE, College Board (SAT Administration), UNESCO (School Closures)
- Online learning resources: Global Online Academy, International Schools Services
Thank you for sharing additional resources and ideas, and for staying connected. As we meet the challenges of uncertain times, we can yet celebrate the certainty of a strong NESA community that circles up in support of each other.