Dear Academia Cotopaxi Community Members,
First of all I hope you and your families are healthy and safe. This is a message for the school communities from Academia Cotopaxi and our peer private schools in Quito; the General Directors have jointly prepared this in hopes of sending a united positive message to all our families.
Around the world we are going through a challenging time, people of all nations, ethnicities, and socio-economic levels are being required together to make sacrifices for the common good.
In preparing for and confronting this challenge we have been collaborating extensively with other private schools in Quito, Guayaquil and around the world. We have also had continuous dialogue and ongoing communications with the Ministry of Education.
Our school is fortunate to have teachers and administrators with the expertise and level of information technology skills to ensure continuity of learning throughout the coronavirus health emergency, albeit in a form that may initially seem unfamiliar to you and your children. Our expectation and commitment to our families and the Ministry of Education is to provide high quality distance learning for as long as necessary to guarantee our students receive all of their content and objectives in learning.
It is important to mention that in order to comply with Ministry requirements it is essential that all students attend all online and distance learning activities and continue to stay up to date on their distance learning tasks and assignments. This is a key “ingredient” to distance learning and meeting our learning objectives. Your support is essential.
I want to give tremendous credit and thanks to your child’s teachers. They have responded quickly to this emergency situation to create effective and engaging distance learning for your child. As a school, we had prepared in advance for this possibility, but at the same time, it is new to all of us. We will be assessing our approaches with the objective of continuous improvement where required, and as always we appreciate your feedback and input. Also I give tremendous credit to our parents and students. This is a time for resilience and adaptability, and your support is fundamental to our combined success.
Our school is part of a greater community beyond our institution, which includes other schools and the general population here in Quito and beyond. We are all in this together. We appreciate this is a difficult time for you as parents, and we want you to know that we will continue to be dedicated to your children’s education.
Finally, to all our students. We are proud of you. Your learning with your teachers these days is preparing you for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
Robert van der Eyken