August 23, 2020
Dear RAS Community,
Many of you will have seen the announcement from the Moroccan Ministry of Education regarding the reopening of schools in Morocco this fall. The RAS Board of Trustees and School leadership have been working over the summer to ensure that the school is ready for re-opening in anticipation of this official announcement.
Now that we have received initial guidance from the Ministry of Education about the reopening protocol, what are the implications for RAS? First and foremost, the Moroccan Ministry of Education has set September 7th as the first day of school for all schools in Morocco, including all foreign schools operating in Morocco. Given this, the timeline for RAS reopening this year will be as follows;
August 24-31: Faculty Orientation (on-campus with COVID19 mitigation procedures in effect)
September 1-4: Student and Family Orientation (meetings with teachers and orientation, held in person with COVID19 mitigation procedures in effect, virtual option available)
September 7: First day of Instruction (on-campus with COVID19 mitigation procedures in effect, virtual option for those not opting-in to on-campus learning, pending protocol from Ministry of Education)
We are optimistic based on the Ministry’s announcement yesterday that we will be able to move forward with providing on-campus learning this fall. RAS has already put in place many protocols and installed COVID19 mitigation equipment to prepare our campus for a physical reopening. We believe these measures will meet or exceed the requirements for schools to reopen in-person. The Ministry of Education has committed to providing more details about the protocol for reopening on-campus learning in the coming days, and we are monitoring this closely and will ensure that RAS is able to comply with all the requirements. We will also be exploring different options to possibly make up the lost school days at some point during the academic calendar.
The Ministry of Education has also indicated that parents will need to “opt-in” to on-campus learning. This is in-line with work that the RAS Board and Leadership has already started. We have drafted a preliminary document for families to sign, agreeing to follow reporting and health-screening protocols in order to have their students on campus and acknowledging the potential risks of COVID19 exposure. RAS will modify this document to align with the Ministry of Education’s requirements once released and distribute to all RAS parents. Also, in line with the Ministry’s statement, RAS remains committed to providing a rigorous program for both on and off campus learning. While our goal is to implement on-campus learning to the fullest extent possible, we also understand that some families may still be outside Morocco or may opt for virtual learning, and we are committed to finding a way to support all of our learners as best as possible given the challenging situation.
Later this week we look forward to sharing with you our reopening handbook which will detail our learning protocol for both those families that opt into on-campus learning as well as those who choose off campus (virtual) learning.
Please join us this Thursday, August 27th for the first Coffee with the Director of the year (4pm for Elementary/5pm for Secondary) These sessions will be dedicated to answering questions about the reopening plans and start of this unique school year.
We know that this is a time of intense uncertainty and that all of us are sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see how the situation evolves with opening protocol. Please know that the School Board and School Leadership are monitoring the situation closely and investing tremendous time, energy, and action into ensuring that our learners have the best possible start to this school year.
Suzanne Moyer Baazet, RASA Board President and Sean Goudie, Director of RAS
August 12, 2020
Dear RAS Community,
We are now well into the month of August which means the staff at RAS is working hard in preparation for the start of school on September 1st.
At the beginning of this month it was our understanding that we would be allowed to open school with in-person classes. Unfortunately, the Moroccan Ministry of Education is now saying that a final decision has not yet been made.
It is our hope that the Ministry of Education will soon decide and announce all protocols schools are to follow when we reopen in September. As of today, it remains unsure if we will be allowed to open with in-person classes, if we will have to open virtually, or if some sort of hybrid plan that combines in-person classes with virtual classes will be allowed.
In anticipation of that announcement, we are working on our own set of reopening plans "RAS Reopening Playbook" that will allow us to quickly react once the Ministry of Education announcement is made. RAS is committed to following all protocols as set out by the Moroccan Government while also drawing on best practices we see in place at international schools around the world.
Your child’s education and safety remain our focus.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
July 29, 2020
Dear RAS Community,
I hope you are all having a great summer holiday! My wife and I choose to stay in Morocco and I am glad we did. Although we have stayed in Rabat pretty much all of the summer, we did manage a quick trip down to Dakhla and I am really happy we got to see that part of Morocco.
RAS Campus Remains Closed
Although the campus remains closed, please note that you may still contact the school by phoning during our summer business hours. The school phone number is +212 537 758 590. Our summer business hours are: Mon-Fri 9:00am to 3:00pm
Start of School Set for September 1st
We are still set on opening up for classes on September 1st. The Moroccan Ministry of Education has said that they will be making an announcement including the details protocols schools will need to follow for reopening. We expect this announcement around the 15th of August.
RAS shared with the community the "RAS Reopening Playbook" outlining the models RAS will follow upon the announcement: On campus, 2. Virtual or Hybrid approach.
During the first weeks of August we will be working on the details of these three models based on best practices from other international schools that have already reopened around the world. Once we hear from the Ministry of Education, we will see to what extent we need to adapt our plans and move forward.
Please know that we will share these plans with you as soon as we have been able to adapt to the requirements set out by the Ministry of Education. It is important to note that RAS will indeed follow all protocols set out by the Government, but that we reserve the right to put even tighter protocols in place if deemed in the best interest of our community.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you again on September 1st. In the meantime, be sure to enjoy your summer holidays no matter what part of the world you are currently in!