Superintendent’s Bulletin

January 21, 2022 

On Campus – Online Learning Information Update

Dear ECA Parents, 

Hello. We tried this week to keep an On Campus Learning program operating. Unfortunately, by Thursday, due to the many positive cases of COVID amongst students, family members and faculty we had to systematically send students home to receive online learning. 

Today Nursery, Grade 1A, IB, Grade 3 and 4 students are learning on campus but, due to individual Covid infections, with reduced student attendance.

During next week other grade levels will slowly and systematically return, on different days, to school according to the schedule determined by ECA’s biosecurity protocols. 

As the situation is continually evolving, please carefully refer to the notices and information updates about possible changes to schedules and activities which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean), and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). 

ECA Revised Covid /Quarantine Protocols @ January 17 2022

The Nurse will continue to monitor circumstances and in consultation with the school administrative team will communicate class closure and opening decisions to the community. 

Faculty will send anyone at school with symptoms (stomachache, cold symptoms, sore throat, cough, headache…) IMMEDIATELY to the Nurse’s Office. 

Parents please keep anyone with symptoms (stomachache, cold symptoms, sore throat, cough, headache etc…) at home and consult with the Nurse. 

Thank you for your understanding and support during the challenges we face with returning to and maintaining On Campus learning and successfully completing learning objectives for this school year.

I will send another community information update by 4 pm Friday,  January 28.

For Your Information: Nurse’s Answers to Recent Parent Questions: 

  • What Covid tests are required by the School?

We accept both antigen (nasal swab) or PCR (nasal swab) tests. To ensure reliability the test results must have a QR code.

  • Are the tests the school is providing for Employees approved by the Ministry of Health?

Yes – the tests purchased and used by the school are approved by the Ministry of Health.

  • Why are some classes returning to school before others?

ECA quarantines an elementary class for 7 days after the last contact with the person with Covid. On a few occasions, students have been absent for 2 or more days before being diagnosed with Covid and this reduces quarantine days because we start counting days since the first day of symptoms.

  • Why do I have to test now prior to returning when we did not need to test before?

We have had to review our protocols since Omicron high transmissibility emerged. Omicron generally causes mild to no symptoms which were being ignored or dismissed by many community members. Testing all students before a return to school will help to minimize the spread of infection and reduce futute class closures. 

  • My child returns to school after being in quarantine, when should I test my child?

You should test your child no more than 2 days before the return date.

  • Will my child´s class be sent home to quarantine again if there is another positive case in his grade?

Yes, the class will need to quarantine each time there is a positive case within the class For this reason it is so important to follow ECA protocols and keep your child home if experiencing ANY Covid symptoms.

  • Did the majority of parents fill out the Questionnaire after each long school break?

No – the majority of ECA parents did not complete the Questionnaire. This is the main reason for the long lines to enter the school on the first days back to school. We need your trust and support by interacting with and giving the nurse this information.

  • How can I help ECA minimize the spread of the virus?

Prior to returning to school:

1.-Fill out the questionnaire and 

2.-Send test results to the Nurse or your child will not be allowed to enter the school campus.

ECA Covid Survey Link – Please Complete.

  • What percentage of the ECA learning community is vaccinated?

95% of ECA employees are vaccinated, and from information we have received so far from you, 43% of Middle School and 66% of High School students are fully vaccinated. PLEASE HELP US ACCURATELY UPDATE THIS INFORMATION:

ECA Covid Survey Link – Please Complete.

  • How do I submit a vaccine certificate?

Send your childś vaccine certificate to: nurse_department@ecak12  if you have not done so already. Thank you.

Please work with us to keep the ECA community safe and well.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

Revised Covid Contact/Quarantine Protocols – January 15, 2022.

Once again COVID and circumstances beyond our control have forced us to quickly respond and to modify school routines to keep an On Campus Learning program operating. On Monday we had 45% student attendance and on Friday 59% of available students attended. By Friday the following classes were operating online: PreK A, Grade 1A, Grade 2 and Grade five.

Beginning Monday, January 17 we will use revised protocols, the Nurse will monitor circumstances and in consultation with the school will communicate decisions to the community. 

Faculty will send anyone at school with symptoms (stomachache, cold symptoms, sore throat, cough, headache…) IMMEDIATELY to the Nurse’s Office. 

Parents please keep anyone with symptoms (stomachache, cold symptoms, sore throat, cough, headache etc…) at home and consult with the Nurse. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information updates about possible changes to schedules and activities which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky, and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). 

Revised Covid Contact/Quarantine Protocols:

Due to Omicron´s high transmissibility we have updated our protocols for Covid Contact in the Secondary School. Below please find below our new protocols:

Whenever there is a contact with a positive case: 

Secondary Students: Fully Vaccinated students will be sent home to quarantine for 3 days. Unvaccinated students will quarantine for 7 days. Every student is required to test before their return (test on the 3rd or 7th day accordingly)Test results,  with QR code, must be sent to nurse_department@ecak12.com

Elementary Students: All students quarantine for 7 days, test on day 5 or later, and if negative, return on day 8 if they have no symptoms. Test results. with QR code, must be sent to nurse_department@ecak12.com

Without exception, all test results must have a QR code in order for your child to return to class.

For any questions or concerns, please contact: nurse_department@ecak12.com

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Debido a la alta transmisibilidad de Omicron, hemos actualizado nuestros protocolos cuando hay Contacto con Covid en Secundaria. A continuación encontrará nuestros nuevos protocolos. Cuando haya contacto con un caso positivo:

Estudiantes de Secundaria: Los estudiantes completamente vacunados serán enviados a casa y deben guardar cuarentena durante 3 días. Los estudiantes no vacunados guardarán cuarentena durante 7 días. Se requiere que todos los estudiantes realicen la prueba antes de su regreso (prueba el 3er o 7mo día según corresponda). Los resultados deben ser enviados a nurse_department@ecak12.com

Estudiantes de Primaria: Todos los estudiantes deben guardar cuarentena durante 7 días, se hacen el día 5 o después, y si la prueba es negativa, regresan al colegio el día 8 si no tienen síntomas. Los resultados, con codigo QR, deben ser enviados a nurse_department@ecak12.com

Sin excepción, todos los resultados de las pruebas deben tener un código QR para que su hijo regrese a clase.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con nurse_department@ecak12.com

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January 8, 2022

Hello – Happy New Year and Welcome to 2022. I hope that you had a restful vacation with your families and are ready for a return to ECA and student learning. 

I have received information from some faculty, staff and parents indicating,  due to positive Covid testing results, that there will be travel delays and quarantine circumstances for some members of the ECA Community.

As a result please carefully look for and refer to the notices and information updates about possible changes to schedules and activities which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). 

In order to allow ECA to continue operating safely on campus it is important to stay at home until your particular Covid circumstances are officially verified as negative and to strictly observe the following biosecurity protocols:.

  1. ECA Biosecurity Protocols December Break Return to School Letter – January 10, 2022
  2. January 10, 2022 ECA Return to School Protocols
  3. January 2022 – ECA Covid Survey Link – Urgent – Please Complete.

Should you have any doubts about your COVID situation or any health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school. 

  1. All After School Teacher Activities will begin on Monday, January 17. Titi Salazar will be sending the community further information during the coming week.
  2. Impulse Academy Sports ASAs (Contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com). Please contact Impulse to register for the activities. For further information please contact Titi Salazar who is coordinating ASA’s with Impulse. 

I wish you all a safe and successful 2022 and look forward to seeing ECA students again during Quarter 3.

December 11 – Winter Vacation On The Way

It was very pleasing to see how well everything came together last week at the elementary assembly and the Middle School Bone Soup performance. Both events were well attended and very much appreciated by the parent community. Afterwards there was a really nice atmosphere of excitement and achievement as parents and students mingled in Star Plaza. On Saturday Impulse successfully held their first Xmas Soccer tournament with ECA middle school students participating.  

The ECA Parent Association held a successful Community dinner last Tuesday. Proceeds from the event supported the Impronta Foundation work with children and adolescents in Caucaguita, Caracas.

I look forward to next week with ES Spirit and MS/HS activities taking place.

With the work and commitment of ECA Faculty and Staff and your support we have been fortunate to have had sustained on campus learning since August 2021. 

On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors, Faculty and Staff I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas with an enjoyable restful vacation. 

We also send you our best wishes for the New Year 2022 – one where I hope we will continue with on campus learning and positive community interaction. 

I look forward to seeing you all again on campus on January 10, 2022

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

December 4 – Elementary Holiday Assembly & Bone Soup

Hello. This week we look forward to seeing students in action at the elementary holiday assembly and with middle school Bone Soup performance. At this point of the academic year I know that many of the ECA community are tired and ready for a vacation. We are nearly there – two weeks remaining before the Winter Break begins. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information from Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). Please also read the information and links in 1, 2 and 3 below pertaining to important community information which you need to know. 

Here are this week’s notices:

1. ECA Biosecurity Protocols December Break Return to School Letter – January 10, 2022

2. January 10, 2022 ECA Return to School Protocols

3. ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer. 

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

 Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school. 

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

November 27, 2021 – Three Weeks and then the Winter Break 

Last week passed quickly with Santa Photos and Thanksgiving events functioning smoothly – thanks to the ECA Parent Association and room mothers for their work with these events. We now have 3 weeks of school before the Winter Break begins. Please carefully refer to the notices and information sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean).

November 20, 2021 – PA Santa Photos & Thanksgiving Snacks 

We have much to give thanks for. We had a busy but productive week with many sporting activities taking place. On Thursday afternoon the ECA High School soccer team successfully participated in a spirited and very entertaining match with the British School. On Friday afternoon the Impulse Tournament with about 40 participants. Community members who attended these events all commented on how wonderful it was to see such positive, competitive spirit alive on the ECA campus again. When are we going to do this again was the question students and community members have been asking?

Here is a short video showing the ECA October & November 2021 sporting activities!     

Thanks to the ECA Parent Association for organising and informing you of this week’s student related Thanksgiving Activities – Santa Photos → Thanksgiving snack →   Bakesale pickup. 

Please carefully refer to the notices and information which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean).

November 13, 2021 – Thanks to the ECA PA

I hope that you had a restful longer weekend than usual. ECA faculty were productively engaged in 2 days of professional development activities on Thursday and Friday. 

Thanks to the ECA Parent Association for organising a faculty and staff appreciation lunch and for the coffee and cup present – both of which were much appreciated.  

Please carefully refer to the notices and information which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). 

Please read the information and links in 1, 2 3 and 4 below pertaining to important community information which you need to know. 

Here are this week’s notices:

1. Field of Toys Information

2. ECA Biosecurity Protocols December Break Return to School Letter – January 10, 2022

3. January 10, 2022 ECA Return to School Protocols

4. Impulse Academy Sports ASAs (Contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com). Please contact Impulse to register for the activities. I am pleased to send you this Information related to a special Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis intersport tournament being organised exclusively for the ECA community by Impulse Sports Academy. The tournament activities will be held on Friday afternoons, after school during November 19, 26 and December 3. The registration cost is $10. If you wish to register your children for this special tournament please contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com. For further information please contact Titi Salazar who is coordinating the tournament with Impulse. IMPULSE INTERSPORT TOURNAMENT  INFORMATION 

5. ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer. 

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

November 6 – ECA Professional Development Days – Thursday & Friday November 11 & 12 – No School For Students

This week we have three days on campus with students and two professional development days, without students, on Thursday and Friday. Please carefully refer to the notices and information which will be sent to you by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean). 

In addition please refer to and read the information and links in 1, 2, 3 and 4 below pertaining to important community information which you need to know. 

Here are this week’s notices:

1. Field of Toys Information

2. Student Protection Policy Parent Workshop Presentation

3. ECA Biosecurity Protocols December Break Return to School Letter – January 10, 2022

4. January 10, 2022 ECA Return to School Protocols

5. Restoven Cantina Services are now fully functioning: Para realizar el proceso de afiliación al servicio de abonos, notificación de pagos, solicitud de estados de cuenta y requerimientos o sugerencias en general, puede contactarnos vía correo electrónico a las siguientes direcciones: restopagoeca@restoven.com, solicitar información a través de los  números de teléfonos (0212) 993.67.49 / (0212) 993.39.22 ext. 1561, Celular 0424.253.66.87, 0424.163.6969 igualmente podrá afiliarse, pagar o realizar gestiones administrativas directamente  en la cafetería fuera del horario de receso y almuerzos. 

Se requiere suministrar los siguientes datos durante el proceso de afiliación: Representante: Nombre y apellido, número de cédula de identidad, teléfono de contacto y dirección  de correo electrónico. Alumno(s): Nombre y apellido, edad y nivel escolar, restricciones alimenticias. 

Para disfrutar del servicio se asignará un carnet personal e intransferible con código de barra que  optimiza el tiempo de uso y experiencia del servicio. 

6. Impulse Academy Sports ASAs (Contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com). Please contact Impulse to register for the activities. I am pleased to send you this Information related to a special Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis intersport tournament being organised exclusively for the ECA community by Impulse Sports Academy. The tournament activities will be held on Friday afternoons, after school during November 19, 26 and December 3. The registration cost is $10. If you wish to register your children for this special tournament please contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com. For further information please contact Titi Salazar who is coordinating the tournament with Impulse. IMPULSE INTERSPORT TOURNAMENT  INFORMATION 

7. ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer. 

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

October 30 – School Photos – Tuesday and Wednesday

It was a very busy week last week with Secondary parent  conferences, Halloween and other activities occurring in each division. Many thanks to parents who attended these events and to the ECA Parent Association representatives for decorating the school and providing Halloween snacks for students. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday School Photos will be taken. Please carefully refer to the notices and information which will be sent by Michelle Till (Elementary Principal), Julia Baranowsky (Middle School Dean) and Cynthia Abdallah (High School Dean).

October 24, 2021 – Secondary Parents Conferences & Halloween

Secondary Parent Conferences will occur on Tuesday, October 26 during 1 to 5 pm. Please refer to the Secondary Deans’ notices for further information. 

Halloween activities will occur on Friday, October 29 – please refer to Ms Till’s notices for further information.

ECA parents are cordially invited to attend the following on campus event: ECA Student Protection Policy Parent Information Invitation – Monday, October 25 @ 1 pm

Here are this week’s notices:

1. Restoven Cantina Services will resume on Monday, November 1: 

Please check these links for further information:

2. ECA PA Halloween Donut Sale 

3. Information related to Impulse Academy Sports ASAs (Contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com) has been sent to the ECA community. Please contact Impulse to register for the activities. For further ASA information please contact Titi Salazar who is coordinating the ASAs with Impulse, the Swimming instructors and other ASA contractors. 

4. ECA Communication Protocols: The Superintendent, Elementary Principal and Secondary Deans send weekly information updates to parents and students. Please keep up to date with these notices by regularly reading the school’s information bulletins. When there are changes to schedules/programs or information related to school organized events this is sent directly to the parent group concerned. Parents should direct individual questions or requests for  information to either the class teacher, the elementary principal, the middle school dean, the secondary dean or school counsellors.

5. ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer. 

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

October 15, 2021 – Quarter 2 Begins

I hope that you are enjoying the October break. We resume school on Monday October 18. Quarter 2 begins and Elementary Parent Conferences will occur during the week.    

Return from Fall Break ECA – Return ECA Return to School Covid Protocols

Nurse Michelle has sent detailed information (See above link) to parents about students returning to school after the Fall Break. Here is a simplified decision making flow chart which I hope helps with planning. Should you require any further information please contact Nurse Michelle: michelleb@ecak12.com 

* All ECA students need to be PCR or antigen tested at least three days before they begin On Campus learning on Monday, October 18. Negative test results must be submitted to Michelle Belloso michelleb@ecak12.com in order for your child to attend on the first day of school on Monday October 18.

Here are this week’s notices:

1. Cafeteria & Kiosk Services have been delayed and will resume on Monday, November 1: Due to needing more time, to ensure that cafeteria services will successfully resume, the Cafeteria/Kiosk reopening date will now be Monday, November 1. Further details about menus/cost payment methods will be sent to the community in due course. 

2. ECA Communication Protocols: The Superintendent, Elementary Principal and Secondary Deans send weekly information updates to parents and students. Please keep up to date with these notices by regularly reading the school’s information bulletins. When there are changes to schedules/programs or information related to school organized events this is sent directly to the parent group concerned. Parents should direct individual questions or requests for  information to either the class teacher, the elementary principal, the middle school dean, the secondary dean or school counsellors.

3. ASAs: Information related to Impulse Academy Sports ASAs (Contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com) has been sent to the ECA community. For further information please contact Titi Salazar who is coordinating the ASAs with Impulse, the Swimming instructors and other ASA contractors. 

4. ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer. 

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

October 4, 2021 – Impulse ASAs

ASA Soccer – Tennis – Volleyball – Impulse Registration Open – Given that Impulse are offering these activities exclusively to the ECA community they have modified their original schedule and costs. For further information related to: Impulse Academy Sports @ ECA please contact: impulse.eca@gmail.com.

October 3, 2021 – Fall Break Approaching

Return from Fall Break ECA – Return ECA Return to School Covid Protocols

Nurse Michelle has sent detailed information (See above link) to parents about students returning to school after the Fall Break. Here is a simplified decision making flow chart which I hope helps with planning. Should you require any further information please contact Nurse Michelle: michelleb@ecak12.com 

All ECA students need to be PCR or antigen tested at least three days before they begin On Campus learning on Monday, October 18. Negative test results must be submitted to Michelle Belloso michelleb@ecak12.com in order for your child to attend on the first day of school on Monday October 18.

FYI: ECA Faculty and staff will comply with these protocols. We will be providing on campus testing for ECA faculty and staff on Friday, October 15.

October 5 @ 1 pm – Student Protection & Substance Policies – Online Parent Information Sessions in English/Spanish. Here is the meeting link: https://meet.google.com/krt-xjao-ion

Enjoy the October break with your families. I look forward to seeing students again for our next session of On Campus learning on Monday, October 18.

Here are this week’s notices:

ECA Communication Protocols: The Superintendent, Elementary Principal and Secondary Deans send weekly information updates to parents and students.

Please keep up to date with these notices by regularly reading the school’s information bulletins.

When there are changes to schedules/programs or information related to school organized events this is sent directly to the parent group concerned.

Parents should direct individual questions or requests for  information to either the class teacher, the elementary principal, the middle school dean, the secondary dean or school counsellors.

Cafeteria & Kiosk Services will resume on Monday, October 18: Restoven will provide these services. Further information about menu/costs/payment will be sent to the ECA community before Monday, October 18.

After School Activities (ASAs): For further information please contact Titi Salazar who is coordinating the ASAs with Impulse, the Swimming instructors and other ASA contractors.

ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

September 26, 2021 – Hearing and Vision Screenings This Week  

Last week was filled with successful out of class students activities. Thanks to Mr. Julio Lameda and the elementary faculty for their work with students during the enjoyable and successful Mini Olympic events. Thanks also to the Parent Association for providing refreshments at the end of the events.

  • Red Shirt Mini Olympics LINK
  • White Shirt Mini Olympics LINK

This coming week the Nurse’s Office will coordinate student Hearing and Vision screenings, the middle school STUCO will organize a Friday evening movie activity.

Some parents have expressed concerns about how the Impulse/Impetu ASAs will function with outside of ECA participants. Please refer to a separate email, being sent today, which contains further information related to this matter. I will also be discussing parent ASA concerns with the ECA Board during this week and will give further information by Monday, October 4, 2021  

Here are this week’s notices:

PA AGM Invitation: You are cordially invited to attend the ECA Parent Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in Star Plaza next Tuesday, September 28 at 8:45 am. The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome & PA Executive member introductions.
  2. Approval of the PA Annual Report for the academic Year 2020-2021.
  3. Election of Executive Officers for the academic year 2021-2022.
  4. Any Other Business.

Grade 6 Online Learning For This Week: We have had a confirmed student case of COVID in Grade 6. The student had contact with Grade 6 students during last week. Therefore, in accordance with our biosecurity protocols, and, in order to protect students and faculty, all Grade 6 students will stay home quarantined. 

Earlier is always better rather than later. Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please  contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the School Counsellors, Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Middle School Dean (juliab@ecak12.com) or High School Dean (cynthiaa@ecak12.com)Earlier is always better rather  than later. 

ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

September 18, 2021

Last Thursday afternoon we had about 50% of ECA families attend the After School Activity information session. Please refer to the After School Activity (ASA) information link which was recently sent to the ECA community.

We have a very busy week ahead with a High School Spirit week, ASA tryouts, ES Mini Olympics, on Thursday, the High School Beach Bash on Thursday and the Professional Development (PD) day on Friday.

Please that there is no school for students on the PD day on Friday, September 24.

The Elementary Principal, classroom teachers and the Secondary Deans will give further information for specific events.

Here are this week’s notices:

  • ECA Campus Access Reminder: Students must arrive at school with everything they will need for the day. This includes snacks, lunch and water bottles. Drivers/parents are not permitted to deliver food or to enter the campus for deliveries after 9:00 a.m.
  • ECA Instagram link – We encourage students and parents to become ECA Instagram followers.
  • Earlier is always better rather than later. Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please  contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the School Counsellors,  Elementary Principal michellet@ecak12.com  or the Middle School Dean (juliab@ecak12.com) or High School Dean (cynthiaa@ecak12.com). Earlier is always better rather  than later. 
  • ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols: Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso:michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

September 11, 2021

Amazingly, we have now completed 4 weeks of work with students. We have 4 more weeks to go before the October Break. ECA faculty have been working with students to reinforce and have them fully adapt to ECA school routines again. Our past experiences have been that having well established home routines strongly supports success at school. Here are this week’s notices:

  • ECA Student Protection Policy & Code of Conduct

Each year ECA reviews and updates Emergency and Health and Safety protocols. So far we have successfully completed Fire and Earthquake drills with students, faculty and staff. For your information here are the links to the updated Student Protection policies:

ECA Student Protection Policy

ECA Política de Proteccion

ECA Code of Conduct

ECA Código de Conducta 

ECA Student Protection Policy/Code of Conduct – Formal Complaint Submissions Procedure 

  •  Earlier is always better rather than later.

Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please  contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the School Counsellors,  Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Middle School Dean (juliab@ecak12.com) or High School Dean (cynthiaa@ecak12.com)Earlier is always better rather  than later. 

  • ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols

Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

September 4, 2021

  • Back to School Nights (BTSNs) – Thank You.

Thanks to ECA parents for positively participating with the BTSNs. These functioned smoothly with positive parental feedback received. Thank you. Teachers gave much information related to student learning and to important daily/operational details. All of this information can be located on your child’s Google Classroom site. Should you have any questions or need further information please consult with the classroom or subject teacherHere is a short BTSN video.   

  • Fall Break (October 9 to 17) – COVID Travel Protocols

Here is the information link related to the protocols needed for student return to on campus learning on Monday October 18. Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com    

  •  Earlier is always better rather than later.

Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please  contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the School Counsellors,  Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Middle School Dean (juliab@ecak12.com) or High School Dean (cynthiaa@ecak12.com)Earlier is always better rather  than later. 

  • ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols

Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com  

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.

August 29, 2021

This week we have Back to School Nights (BTSN) which will occur on campus. Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky, Cynthia Abdallah and teachers have already sent meeting information to parents and students. I look forward to seeing and interacting with parents during the course of the BTSN sessions. 

  • Welcome Coffee Morning Invitation for New ECA Parents 

Monday, September 6 @ 8:45 am in Star Plaza – Parent Association/ECA Administration

This year ECA enrollment has significantly increased with currently 55 new students registered giving ECA the highest enrollment in the last 4 years. The Parent Association and the ECA administration cordially invite our new parents to a welcome coffee morning in Star Plaza on Monday, September 6 at 8:45 am.   

  • Fall Break Travel COVID Protocols

Some parents have indicated that they will be travelling during the Fall Break (October 9 to 17). Here is the information link related to the protocols needed for student return to on campus learning on Monday October 18. Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com    

  •  Earlier is always better rather than later.

Should you have any concerns about your child’s social or academic progress please  contact and communicate with the class or subject teacher or if needed the School Counsellors,  Elementary Principal (michellet@ecak12.com) or the Middle School Dean (juliab@ecak12.com) or High School Dean (cynthiaa@ecak12.com)Earlier is always better rather  than later. 

  • ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols

Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Bellosomichelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school. 

August 23, 2021 – Second Week of School 

 I hope that students were able to rest, at the weekend, and are ready for our second week of learning at ECA. Here are this week’s notices:

  • Back to School Nights (BTSN):

These will occur, on campus, during 4 to 5:30 pm as follows:

  • Monday, August 30 – Red Shirts
  • Tuesday, August 31 – White Shirts
  • Wednesday, September 1 – Blue Shirts
  • Thursday, September 2 – Brown Shirts

Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will soon communicate BTSN information to parents and students.

  • ECA Strategic Planning:

From December 2020 to June 2021 the ECA Board of Directors worked on Strategic Planning using a team of professional consultants. This process involved interacting with, and obtaining information from, all ECA stakeholder groups (Board, Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents). As a result the Board identified the following 5 strategic objectives with which we shall work on during this academic year:

  1. Marketing, Publicity, Public Relations, Communications & Admissions
  2. After School Activities
  3. Organizational Structure
  4. Ensuring Trusted Employees
  5. Ensuring a smooth transition to a new ECA Superintendent for August 2023

In relation to objective 1 we created a new position at ECA entitled ECA Advancement Leader (responsible for Marketing, Publicity, Public Relations, Communications & Admissions). With effect from September 1, 2021, we have contracted a well qualified bilingual candidate Ana Cristina Oteyza for this position. Ana Cristina has a long career in Public Relations in Venezuela, and for the last five years has worked at a private school in Chicago, Illinois. On your behalf I welcome Ana to ECA. During the course of September Ana will be getting to know school routines and the ECA community.

In relation to objectives 3 and 5 we shall be reorganising how the Superintendent’s Office functions so as to ensure that there is a smooth administrative transition, to a new ECA Superintendent by August 2023, Titi Salazar will assume the role of Superintendent’s Office Administrator.

During the course of this academic year I will be sending information about further developments related to the strategic objectives.

  • Student Learning Activities

Should you have any concerns or require information please consult with Michelle Till: michellet@ecak12.com, Julia Baranowsky: juliab@ecak12.com or Cynthia Abdallah: cynthiaa@ecak12.com. They, together with classroom teachers, will continue to communicate with and to inform you about daily/weekly planning and student learning activities. 

  • ECA Biosecurity Protocols

Please continue to look after your family, follow ECA biosafety protocols, stay safe and healthy by assuming a low profile, maintaining social distance, minimising contact with others, wearing an appropriate mask, which comfortably covers both the mouth and nose, and regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizer.

Should you have any COVID or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school. 

August 14, 2021

Estimados Padres de ECA,

Todavía son muchos los padres que no han enviado los resultados de la prueba de PCR o antígeno a la enfermera. Para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de la comunidad y mantener el aprendizaje presencial, los estudiantes no podrán asistir al campus hasta que se presenten resultados negativos en las prueba. Esto se puede hacer enviando los resultados de la prueba por correo electrónico a michelleb@ecak12.comGracias por su apoyo con esta importante medida de bioseguridad.

There are still many parents who have not submitted PCR/antigen test results to the nurse. In order to ensure the health and the safety of the community and to sustain on-campus learning students will not be able to attend on campus until negative test results are submitted. This can be done by sending the test results by email to michelleb@ecak12.comThank you for your support with this important biosecurity measure.

 

August 12, 2021

ECA Academic Year 2021-2022 – Start Up Information – Reminder

ECA is committed to safely operating an on campus learning program, with strict biosecurity protocols in place, but as determined by government regulations/permissions, Covid health restrictions and any other restrictive or travel related factors which may occur in the future.

Family Information & Student PCR/AntigenTesting  

  1. Complete Covid Survey: Students will not be able to resume On Campus learning until the survey ECA COVID Survey is satisfactorily completed and submitted to the Nurse’s Office.
  2. All ECA students need to be PCR or antigen tested at least three days before they begin On Campus learning. Negative test results must be submitted to nurse_department@ecak12.com by August 15th in order for your child to attend on the first day of school.
  3. Questions – Please Contact Nurse Michelle: Should you have any Covid or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school. 

Please note that there will be no online classes when we have on campus learning. Families of students who are not able to attend school should consult with Michelle Till (michellet@ecak12.com), Julia Baranowsky (juliab@ecak12.com) or Cynthia Abdallah (cynthiaa@ecak12.com).

ECA faculty and staff look forward to meeting with and interacting with students and parents once again on Campus on Monday, August 16.

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.

August 3,  2021 

ECA Academic Year 2021-2022 – Start Up Information

 Dear ECA Parents,

Hello again, I hope that this communication finds you and your family in good health and enjoying the last few weeks of the summer vacation.

After evaluating medical advice, other factors and as a result of Board discussions, ECA’s Pedagogical Support Activities and learning will begin Face to Face On Campus on Monday, August 16.

Thereafter ECA is committed to safely operating an on campus learning program, with strict biosecurity protocols in place, but as determined by government regulations/permissions, Covid health restrictions and any other restrictive or travel related factors which may occur in the future.

Each week as circumstances develop we will give the ECA community information updates related to school operations and activities.

On Friday, August 6, 2021 Michelle Till, Julia Baranowsky and Cynthia Abdallah will be sending general information related to daily/weekly planning, learning and start-up activities for the first week of school.

By 4 pm Wednesday, August 11, class and subject teachers will be sending specific information about specific schedules and requirements for the first week of on campus learning activities.

Please note that there will be no online classes when we have on campus learning. Families of students who are not able to attend school should consult with Michelle Till (michellet@ecak12.com), Julia Baranowsky (juliab@ecak12.com) or Cynthia Abdallah (cynthiaa@ecak12.com).

It is important to read and observe the following COVID and biosecurity information:

Many members of the ECA community will be returning from travel, and while it is true, many will have been vaccinated, they would still present a threat to ECA community members who have not received the vaccine. We must therefore take health and safety precautions and observe biosecurity protocols. 

  1. a) Centres for Disease Control & Prevention(CDC) Information:

¨Even fully vaccinated travelers might be at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading some COVID-19 variants.¨

– People returning from international travel who are vaccinated do not need to self-quarantine, but they do have to PCR or antigen test themselves on the 3rd to 5th day of return.

– People returning from international travel who have not been fully vaccinated (14 days after the last dose of the vaccine) should get PCR or antigen tested on the 3rd to 5th day after travel and should self-quarantine for 7 days. If they do not get PCR or antigen tested, they should quarantine for 10 days and carefully observe for any Covid symptoms.

– Fully vaccinated people who come in contact with someone who has had Covid do not need to be quarantined if they have no symptoms.

– People who have had Covid in the past 3 months do not need to be quarantined if they come in contact with someone who has Covid.

Any member of the ECA community returning from travel, must follow the CDC guidelines as detailed above before students can enter the school campus.

  1. b) ECA Covid Information Update  

* Nurse Michelle Belloso will soon be sending a Covid Health Information survey to all parents. This must be completed and submitted before 4 pm, August 10, 2021. Students will not be able to resume On Campus learning until the survey is satisfactorily submitted to the Nurse’s Office.

All ECA students need to be PCR or antigen tested at least three days before they begin On Campus learning. Negative test results must be submitted to nurse_department@ecak12.com by August 15th in order for your child to attend on the first day of school.

*  ECA is arranging, for all faculty and staff, to have received the first dose of the vaccine before August 13, 2021.

* ECA shall PCR or antigen test all ECA faculty and staff at least three days prior to starting on campus learning.

* Should you have any Covid or health related questions please consult the school nurse Michelle Belloso: michelleb@ecak12.com 

  1. c) ECA On Campus Biosecurity Protocols

* Until further notice we will maintain the mandatory implementation of our previous biosecurity protocols for everyone in the community, vaccinated or unvaccinated:

  • the use of appropriately sized face masks without filters
  • entrance temperature checks
  • hand washing/use of sanitizer
  • observing on campus social distancing protocols
  • limited adult community access by appointment only to specifically assigned areas of the ECA campus

Students will be sent home if they fail to comply with the above protocols.

Each and every ECA community member must assume the responsibility to look out for the health of others in the community both inside and outside of school.  

  1. Here is the link to Dr. Vega’s Zoom Vaccine Advice Webinar (53 minutes long).
  2. Here is the link to the ECA Calendar for 2021-2022.

Thank you in anticipation of your participation with completing and submitting your family Covid information survey by 4 pm on August 10, 2021.

I hope that the above information is helpful. As always thank you for your continued trust, support and understanding.

ECA faculty and staff look forward to meeting with and interacting with students and parents once again.

On behalf of the ECA Board of Directors

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent.