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Thursday, October 13, 2016

All School News: Important Notices for All Parents

Safety and Security at ICS and across Ethiopia

We wanted to share a reminder of the current situation. We want you to enjoy your October break and come back refreshed, ready to begin school on Monday 24 October.

As noted before: State of Emergency is effective from 8 October 2016 and is expected to remain in effect for as long as six months (April 2017). An Emergency Command Post has been established at the Prime Minister's office. This command post is expected to give daily or regular reports to the media. They are expected to take different actions across the country depending on the situation. By the constitution, the following actions by troops or federal police are lawful in a State of Emergency:

Search and seizure (persons, vehicles, homes) without warrant

Detention without trial

Use of military force to maintain public order

Curfews, road blocks or other restrictions on movement

Media control

We recommend that everyone (including dependents) carry their ID and an official Ethiopian ID at all times when outside of home or the campus. Ethiopian nationals should carry their kebele ID or their national passport. There have been NO incidents or events so far in Addis that would call for the police to stop and search people or vehicles. This is just a precaution.

We can confirm that NO curfews have been announced for Addis Ababa. There are many rumors flying about, but there are no curfews here.

 We are monitoring the media and will stay in close touch with official sources. Details about the implementation of the State of Emergency within Addis Ababa have not been published or announced.

Should anything change, we will notify you either by text or email. We will update our Safety & Health Blog ( and our Emergency Alert Webpage ( as necessary.

So, rest easy and enjoy your holiday.

International Day Feedback

International Day was a big success this school year, with over 1500 people in attendance. Big thanks to many people including parent and staff volunteers who worked hard to make it happen. We had over 70 nationalities being represented during the Flag Parade ceremony and 15 vendors catering different types of cuisines from around the world.

We have sent out a survey and have been receiving a lot of feedback from our community about the event. Below are just a few of the comments we have received:

"Felt more like a community event and less like a 'school day' event."

"Having it on a weekend makes it optional, so only those who are happy to attend are there. It keeps crowds down and removes responsibility from the teachers."

“Low volume on the sound.”

We value your opinion and would like to improve on the planning and organization of International Day for next year so please fill out the survey by clicking here if you haven't done so already.

Reminder: How to report missing items

As a reminder, we have a centralized reporting process for missing items.  If you or your student have an item gone missing, please do report the missing item to your school office, main reception or to our security office.  We will have more information on this process in the coming week, but be sure to make a report so we are informed and can help in the recovery process