|Welcome back to school after the recent holidays. The Chinese New Year Break came hard on the heels of our Winter Break, and I hope both proved valuable times for you to unwind with your families.
These two periods were also highly significant in our exciting Facilities Master Plan (FMP) construction project. I would like to update you here on where we are with these new buildings, in relation to our expectations for when they will open and start benefiting our students. While big progress was anticipated during the Winter Break, when the construction team could work longer hours with no students present, we knew that things would slow down over Chinese New Year, when many of the workers returned home for their own well-earned breaks.
We originally planned to open all four of our new facilities in time for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. However, due to unforeseen delays for a variety of reasons, there's a possibility that we will not meet this schedule. The pace of any project like this is partly determined by factors beyond our control. For example, if the winter is unusually cold or the AQI exceeds 200, construction is slowed or halted by the contractor or government officials.
We are now seriously looking at the option of opening the two new-build facilities in the fall of 2019, and the two remodeled spaces in 2020. We will continue monitoring progress in the project, and expect to be able to announce with more conviction later this month or next month when the FMP is likely to be complete. You can see for yourself how the building work is progressing in this time-lapse video from the construction site.
I hope to be able to further update you in person on this and other important developments at ISB at my next Head of School Coffee morning on Friday, February 22. Please do come along if you can.
Thank you to those of you who have fed into the process of formally reviewing our Mission and Vision statement. This has required large-scale participation as we seek responses to prompts, and stories from and about our community. The review is being led by Ewan McIntosh of strategic planning firm NoTosh, who will return to ISB on February 19 and 20 to guide us to crystallize all the perspectives gathered from our community into a Mission and Vision statement clear and strong enough to guide us through the next five to 10 years.
We would still welcome more input from you as anecdotes about ISB will form a significant part of the data that will help us distill our current, rather wordy Mission and Vision into more succinct guiding statements. Please feel free to drop by the Office of Learning to jot down your story, or just to look at all the data that has been collected. You can also email your stories directly to me. I will enjoy reading them!