Message from the Head of School – November 26, 2020

Ibu Lea
Bali Island School says goodbye to a legend today. Ibu Lea Widiarti has loyally served BIS for 24 years. Her efforts over her tenure have been in the realm of administrative assistant, government liaison, accreditation and office manager. I believe her greatest strengths have been in providing a positive, warm, and open presence in all of her interactions with our community, representing BIS in this light on every occasion. I will certainly miss her wise counsel in relation to every aspect of our school. 

Ibu Lea officially “retired” a few years ago. Denise Walsh, the previous HoS, asked her to stay on to help me transition into the role. Very quickly I learned how integral Ibu Lea was to the BIS Team and so I asked her to stay on through our accreditation process as she has so much institutional knowledge that was critical to the Self Study process. Our CIS, WASC and IB accreditors appreciated her direct assistance on a number of important issues. This month, she has provided great assistance to the Indonesian Education accreditation process for our High school and Whole school programs. Please join me in celebrating Ibu Lea and her contributions to BIS – we wish her all the best as she begins her new chapter in life!

Distance Learning Support
Next week is Week 3 for our Support program. Please note we repeat the rotation from last week ensuring all students have equal access to each of their classes over the 4 week rotation.

Secondary Homeroom
We experimented with an afternoon HR period. Feedback from both students and faculty have led us to move it back to 7:45 a.m. time period. Students who are arriving on campus at this time or between 7:45 and 8:00 should go directly to the HR class. 

December 9, 2020
Due to the Regional elections taking place on December 9, 2020. BIS will run a complete day of Distance Learning. No students will be allowed on campus for Support.

January 11-22, 2021
I communicated a couple of weeks ago that our Distance Learning Support program would not run for the first two weeks of the second semester, providing our community time to quarantine after traveling over the holidays. I would like to announce today a 180-degree turn. BIS WILL continue our Distance Learning Support program beginning on January 11, 2021. 

We will require that any student (faculty and staff members included) that does travel over the holiday period to quarantine for 2 weeks from arrival date back here in Bali. The learning program will be available until the 14 days are over. For those of us staying here in Bali, you will be welcome to access the Support program when scheduled the first week back. 

I am again reminded of the dedication and commitment our Faculty and Staff have to the learning experiences they provide your child. This idea has come directly from our team and reflects their commitment!

Three Cheers for our wonderful BIS Faculty and Staff!