My name is John Hickey and I am proud to be the new Director General of Colegio Americano de Torreón. I did not imagine introducing myself to the community in the midst of such challenging times, but circumstances seldom accommodate the intentions of well-meaning individuals.
I hope this communication finds you and your family in good health and good spirits as we navigate through our current health crisis. The global COVID-19 pandemic has left our community feeling stress, uncertainty, lack of connection , and sadness. Even though this is the case , we must stand together as a community to support our cherished school and our childrens' education. More than ever, we have come to appreciate how much we value our students' learning and their relationships with their peers at school. We all await eagerly for when we can send our children back to campus where they can most naturally and optimally immerse themselves in a benign and engaging learning experience in the company of their friends.
At this time, student and community health and safety remain our paramount principles and concerns. Until it is prudent and safe to send our children back to school, it is crucial that we continue to support education at Colegio Americano. There is an urgent need that we remain flexible and adaptable to the changing conditions so that we can retain a strong emphasis on student learning, health and well-being. Our school has a storied reputation of success and unity that has spanned more than seventy years and has included periods of great duress and difficulty. We surmounted our obstacles then, and will do so again. Community commitment, perseverance, and a growth mindset will enable us to overcome our current dilemma and become an even stronger student centered school.
Learning at CAT will resume on August 17th. We are looking forward to reengaging our students in learning as we begin an ambitious 2020-21 school year. Learning will start virtually with our newly redesigned innovative online program. CAT will transition to a Hybrid model depending of course on prevailing health conditions. Students will not attend on campus until we receive the proper authorizations from our State and National governmental offices of Health and Education. Our plan for the 2020-21 school year is to maximize face to face instruction within the context of community health as well as any governmental restraints. We understand it is this type of learning our community values most and we are anxious to return to those conditions as soon as possible. We have been consulting with the doctors and health experts in our community to ensure that the campus will have the most up to date safety and health protocols in place for when our students are able to return physically to campus.
I wish you all the best as we come near to the end of the summer. Please continue to relax and reconnect with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you all and becoming a part of your wonderful community. Thank you all for your understanding and your support.