All our classes are currently on Zoom.
To remove any doubt from anyone's mind, we wish we could teach face to face but the situation is what it is:
- We are an "activité extra-scolaire" and those are specifically banned by the government at the moment;
- In addition, the government requires working from home if possible. It is possible for our teachers to work from home. Not ideal, but possible;
- Other organisations may have special dispensations or feel they can open. That is a risk they are taking. I am responsible for the health of 160 children, their parents, and my staff. I am not prepared to take that risk: we are mixing children from different schools, children and adults alike take public transport to get to our classes, the new variants are particularly contagious etc. You can argue about the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law is stay home, go to school, stay safe.
We are, of course, keeping a close eye on events, but at present my feeling is that things will get worse before they get better. If the current measures stay in place over the February holidays, we will not be able to host camps face to face.
These are difficult times for all of us.