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Deputy Head of School for Operations

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Deputy Head of School for Operations, George L. Zickefoose, Ed.D.

Traffic Update around ICS

You may have noticed an increase in the traffic congestion around ICS that is slowing everybody down between 7:45– 9:30 AM. We have informed the local and sub-city police of this problem and requested their assistance. We are using our own guards and EFP soldiers as much as possible. Some drivers simply ignore us, unfortunately. We advise you to leave a little early to avoid the traffic. Thank you for your understanding!

Weekend Sign-In Process to Access the Campus

Please be reminded that our security guards will ask you to sign-in over the weekend to access our campus. We need to know who is on our campus during the weekend for the safety and security of all who visit on the weekend. All elementary and middle school students must be signed in and accompanied by a parent or guardian to gain campus access over the weekend, or be involved in a school-sponsored/supervised activity (team sport, etc.). High school students may sign-in and remain on campus without parent or guardian supervision. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of this safety and security measure, even if it may cause you to wait for a few minutes to sign-in.

Emergency Drill Updates/Announcements

The Earthquake Drill on 27 October 2016 at 10:30 AM lasted about one minute. The point of our practicing the drill was to go through the motions of getting under protection or away from buildings if one was outside as if during an earthquake. The length of time was short (about 1 min.) to practice the “shaking of buildings” for a brief period of time.

Internal Event/Evacuation Drill - Immediately following the Earthquake drill the Internal Event alarm (beep, beep, beep) indicating an Evacuation Drill that people are to evacuate their rooms and walk to the assembly area for a head count. That process was smooth and only took about 10 min. to complete the attendance and to verify everybody’s whereabouts. US Embassy Patrol reached ICS in 2 minutes. The Ethiopian Federal police were on alert.

15 November 2016 at 2:00 PM we will conduct an announced Lockdown Drill on our campus. If you happen to be on campus, please follow the directions of the employees and security guards in communication with you for your own safety and protection. The directions will be to “Take Cover in the Nearest Lockable Room. Once there, to lock the door, remain silent, put your phones on silence, stay out of sight, close blinds and get behind or underneath furniture (away from windows or doors).

Parents and visitors must remain on the campus during a drill and participate with the same expectations we have of our students and employees – listen to the alarm/announcement and move quickly and quietly to the assembly area that matches each drill and wait for further directions.

Construction Projects Update

Sports Pavilion – the foundation footings are going in and the columns are going up. The flooring decisions are being finalized and materials are being ordered. We are on schedule to finish by March 2017.

New Classroom Block (NCB) – the NCB is progressing and is on schedule to be finished by April/May 2017. The stairway between the existing MS/HS building is being constructed. The finish work is in full swing. Rock walls are being clad. Tile flooring is being laid. The assembly space lighting, sound and AV equipment is being finalized and will be ordered soon, resulting in an indoor intimate performance space.

Community Commons – The ribbon cutting ceremony is over and it is ready for use! The wireless AP and power outlets are working. The tables and chairs are in place. A thatched roof will be added in the near future to add some soundproofing during the rainy season and temperature control to cool that great space.  Parents, this is your “go-to space”…thanks to a partnership between the PTA and school leadership, initially, to create a community space. This weekend there will be a track meet that takes advantage of it. Enjoy!