Damascus Community School Ordered
Closed by Syrian Government
Note: School has reopened. See School Review #6
November 19, 2008
Hello there from one of the Damascus Community School refugees. I’m sure you’ve heard by now that after the US attack in Syria that killed 8 civilians, the Syrian government retaliated by closing our school and forcing all foreign hires to leave within 3 days. So, there are now 30-some terrific teachers looking for work for 09-10 and feeling a bit lost at sea.
I’m writing to thank you for the service you provide in giving personal feedback on international schools. ISS has offered to reactivate all teachers’ files free of charge and waive fees to the Bangkok conference as well. I wonder if this is something you might also consider in support of the crisis many teachers are now facing, especially those with families.
DCS has promised everyone their paycheck through June, but since a good part of our package included housing, many find themselves in dire straits. Again, thank you for your hard work and for ‘listening’.
A Teacher from DCS and ISR Site Member
Note: It made our day at ISR to be invited to participate in the effort to support staff evacuated from the Damascus Community School. For us, the invitation helps validate the work we do here. We have activated a special log in for this group of teachers. We wish all involved success in securing new positions.
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