Director's Dispatch: DEI Survey, Covid-19 and Staffing Update


Diversity and Inclusion Survey


As part of the listening and learning phase of our Diversity and Inclusion Plan, we are inviting ISD parents to complete a survey about their personal experiences and their children’s experiences with diversity and inclusion as members of the ISD community.


Please take five minutes to complete the survey which can be found in today's Jag Journal newsletter.


Covid-19 Update


Today, we celebrate the 90th day of school. While it feels much longer, we have reached the halfway point of the school year. I am proud of the fact that we have been able to have students on-campus every day this school year. There are many schools in Africa and around the world that have not been able to say this. We will need everyone’s continued help to keep the school open for on-campus classes.


As the number of cases remains high in Senegal, we continue to see an impact on the ISD community. Grade 12 students went home on Friday when one of the students tested positive for Covid. Grade 8 returned to campus today after their quarantine and Grade 6 will return tomorrow. Grades 6 to 10 have returned to three cohorts per grade. While this means French, Spanish, and some math classes will have to be taught virtually, it will reduce the number of students who have to be quarantined to about 20 if there is a student who tests positive, instead of the full grade of up to 60 students.


We appreciate the families who are keeping their children home from school if any member of the family has a Covid symptom and staying home until all members of the family are symptom-free for 24 hours. We were able to avoid quarantining a cohort of students last week when a family member tested positive, but the children had been home for a number of days before the positive test.


Our medical team has done a great job working with the families and staff. Jennifer Thermenos, our long-time school nurse, and James Corbin, a physician’s assistant, who joined us this year, are available to answer any questions you have about Covid or when to keep your kids home from school. You can reach them at nurse@faculty.isd.sn.


Staffing for 2021-2022


We have filled 60% of our vacancies for next year including some hard to fill positions - High School Counselor, IB Physics, and Librarian.


We are seeing a more diverse candidate pool this year due to aggressive efforts to identify high-quality diverse candidates in the existing pool of candidates, positive recognition of our initial efforts to address diversity and inclusion issues, and recognition that ISD is a school actively looking for diverse teachers.


Below are the remaining vacancies. If you know of a great teacher who would be a good fit for our community, encourage the teachers to email me directly at alank@faculty.isd.sn and mention your name.


  • MYP Band

  • MYP Coordinator

  • MYP Math

  • MYP PE/Health

  • Elementary classroom teacher