March 4, 2020

Dear CNG Community:

Advanced Planning for Distance Learning:  Over the past several months, important work has been taking place among members of our CNG Administrators to prepare for potential school closures due to local/national strikes or health and well-being issues such as influenza. Our initial work began during the first semester after our school cancellations and early releases because of the national strikes in Bogota. As our first step, we began looking at online learning platforms that would help us move forward with our academic program in case of multi-day school closures.

We continued advancing this work in January to address the growing worldwide concerns related to Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long-term school closures initially experienced by international schools in Asia and now Europe. Given this expanding panorama, CNG has gathered extensive information about best practices related to continuing high-quality teaching and learning under the more challenging circumstances of students and teachers faced with distance-learning situations. 

Next Steps for School Preparedness: We are now completing the next important phase of finalizing a D istance Learning Handbook that outlines our philosophy, teaching framework, protocols, and technological tools for delivering our educational program with students and teachers off campus. Additionally, we are focusing on curriculum delivery approaches for each building level based on your children's individual and maturational needs. 

As a result of this extensive work, we have redesigned our Tuesday, March 10th Professional Learning Day, which we are now scheduling as a full day planning session rather than a noon dismissal (No School for Students and No Co-curricular Activities).  

A fter our full day of professional learning on March 10th, you will be receiving the following information related to our school-wide, distance-learning plan:

1.  CNG Matrix for School Management of Infectious Diseases

2.  Distance Learning Handbook: Program Design with Roles and  
     Responsibilities for Teachers, Students, Parents, and Support Staff

3.  Visual Model to Outline Key Program Learning Objectives

Once we finish this last preparation stage, the final step will be to schedule a one-day, trial-run before Easter Break to test our comprehensive distance-learning system with students learning from home that day.

Key Preventative Health Measures: As the most important preventative measures at this time, please know that we will be emphasizing with our students and staff the routine practice of thorough hand-washing and recommended health practices such as covering one's mouth during coughs and sneezes (see the World Health Organization guidelines below).  Additionally, we have already implemented expanded disinfection measures on our campus with special concentration on frequently touched surfaces. Equally important for prevention, we strongly advise students and staff members who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay at home, and parents should refrain from coming on campus with similar symptoms in order to ensure the health and well-being of all members at CNG. 

Official Spokesperson for Major School-wide Communications:  All notifications to the school community related to important health and/or safety issues will be communicated only by the School Director, who serves as the official spokesperson for institutional news and information. We strongly recommend that you rely on official school communiqu├ęs, which will provide you with the most valid and reliable information related to CNG. 

We truly appreciate your partnership to help us advance our learning programs and continue our efforts to safeguard your children and the rest of our school community.
Dr. Eric H. Habegger
CNG Director

WHOAdvice from the World Health Organization

Please find below some helpful tips to share with your children and family members from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help protect y ourselves and others from getting sick.