At SAS, no matter the circumstances, the Learning continues! Should our campuses be partially or fully closed, we are ready to transition the delivery of our program from the classroom to our online learning platforms thanks to our extended SAS Distance Learning Plan. In March 2020, the first version of this plan was highlighted by the International Baccalaureate Organization as an exemplar for its more than 5,000 schools worldwide and served indeed as an inspiration for many of them.
Since then, we have considerably improved the plan, better balancing direct video engagement with asynchronous activities, and focusing on student well-being in a time of distance learning. We partnered with the Global Online Academy to benefit from best practices developed over a decade of experience with online education. We also expanded our professional learning for faculty and ensured our on-site education would more fluidly be transferred online thanks to the development of a Blended Learning approach on campus. Students and families may rest reassured: while we certainly hope to stay open and on campus as we did the whole 2020-2021 academic year, should the world decide otherwise, our Distance Learning Plan will allow for a high-quality SAS education for all.