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Director's Update: 2020-21 Calendar & Campus Reopening

Revised 2020-21 Academic Calendar

The Board of Trustees has revised the 2020-2021 academic calendar. The start date has been changed to September 3rd, 2020 with an end date of June 18th, 2021. The Board decided on a later start date for three reasons:

  1. Allow more time for ISD families and staff to return to Dakar.

  2. Allow more time for the reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases in Senegal.

  3. Allow more time for the Government of Senegal to allow schools to reopen.

The revised calendar has the start and end dates, major vacations, as well as other holidays. In August, we will release the updated calendar with professional development days, parent-teacher conferences, and Board meetings.

Click Here to View the Revised 2020-21 Calendar


Campus Reopening Information

ISD families will be welcome to use the campus again starting on Monday, June 15th. The school has established a set of guidelines based on regulations from the Government of Senegal and the recommendations from international health organizations. As always, our number one priority is the safety of our students, parents, and staff. We are pleased to be able to welcome our students and parents on campus again, but it is essential everyone practices social distancing.

The full set of regulations can be found here.  Below is a summary of the major points in the guidelines.

1.  Parents must complete the online agreement form before coming to campus the first time.  Access will be granted to campus only if the form is completed. Only one form is needed for each family.

The online agreement form can be found here. Completing the agreement form indicates you have read, understand, and agree with the guidelines. Parents should discuss the guidelines with their children.

By coming to campus, you are acknowledging that there is a risk you could contract Covid-19 while on campus.

2.  Only ISD students, siblings, and parents will be allowed to access campus. All parents and secondary students need their ISD Badges to access campus. If you have lost your badge, please email Oumar Ndoye in IT at, prior to coming to campus to arrange an appointment to get a new badge.

3.  To enter the campus, you must wear a face covering, wash or sanitize your hands, and have your temperature taken. 

4.  There will be a limit of 40 people on campus at any one time not counting the ISD staff who are working.  The fitness room will have a capacity of 6 people and the pool will have a capacity of 10 people.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we adjust to our new realities. The guidelines will be reviewed periodically based on circumstances.

The full set of regulations can be found here

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