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Head of School: ISNS Important Updates

Feb. 24, 2020

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各位ISNS家长:

尊敬的家长:

近期学校开展在线教学遇到了一些挑战,我们正在积极地想办法,感谢您的耐心和坚持。

这封邮件比较长,主要分为三部分: 1. 为K4至5年级的在线学习提供额外支持; 2. 复课后每天延长上课时间; 3. 返校后计划实施的卫生防范措施。

我们理解,在线教学不可避免地降低了课堂学习所包含的人际互动。请您放心,老师们都在全天工作,非常努力地提供学生可能获得的最佳体验。

总体来看,中学和高中的在线教学比较成功。对于年龄小的学生,事实证明在线教育遇到了更多挑战,尽管老师们做出了努力。学校收到了相关各方的反馈,正在有针对性地重新评估教学计划。为了支持K4至5年级的学生和家长,我们将做出一些调整。

对K4至5年级在线学习的额外支持:

即日起至3月11日的在线教学期间,学校将做以下工作来支持PYP的学生和家长:

1. 我们了解家长辅导孩子功课时,可能存在语言障碍。因此,学校会安排助教为K4至2年级的课程内容尽可能多地提供翻译。如果您需要额外支持,请告知班主任老师,助教也可以为学生和家长提供帮助。

2. 我们明白大部分家长不是老师,不能像老师一样整日和学生待在一起。因此,我们会为学生/家长提供不同的教学活动作为选择,让大家可以找到在家里最有效的获取课程内容的方法,希望这样能让学生更独立地学习。老师还会尝试提供更多需要动起来的教学内容,这样学生可以偶尔放下电脑。

3. 教师已启用Zoom视频会议平台,这是学生可以与老师/同学进行实时互动的又一方式。

4. 此外,如果您的孩子遇到困难或感到茫然无措,请不要犹豫联系老师。如果您的孩子不明白或需要帮助,请多鼓励他们提问。

5. 如果您的孩子在此期间需要社交/情感支持,学校咨询团队非常愿意提供指导。 在线学习是知识和技能培养的重要组成部分,请您协助督促学生务必按时参加。学校做出以上调整的目的是希望在线学习对学生更加有效,同时让家长辅导起来容易一些。

复课后每天延长上课时间:

除了不断改进在线教学,自复课之日起,学校额外将每天上课时间延长一小时。延长适用于所有年级,持续到本学年结束。每节课的上课时间会比原来增加。调整后,学生每天早晨8点开始上课,下午4点20分放学。课后,教师依然会组织体育和其他活动,于4点20分以后开始。详情请参阅附件中的上课时间表(试行)和最新校历。更多细节会在晚些时候提供。

此外,学校正在研究提供免费夏令营的可能性。请耐心等待我们制定暑期计划。

尽管教师当前在线提供的学习时长与正常上学日的时长相当,学校仍将作出此项安排,提供更多的在校时间——相当于近两周的教学——作为学校对家长的善意姿态,和确保学生免受疫情负面影响的额外措施。延长的在校时间旨在为孩子们创造一个机会,弥补在线学习期间错过的面对面社交和技能培养的缺失。我们希望这会是对在线学习的积极补充,也是一个令人安心的举措,让家长感到在线的方式没有影响到学校一贯高质量的教学成果。

在此附上一个友情提醒,3月12-20日期间学校不安排在线教学或课程,因为春假和其他几个假期提前到了这段时间。

万一复课日期(目前预计3月23日)需要继续推迟,学校将再次研究讨论,以便为我们的学生和学校相关成员找到最佳的可行方案。复课日期确定之前,学校不另作额外的安排。

请您相信,目前的情况是暂时的,返校日期不久就会到来。作为学校,我们希望培养学生的学习能力,遇到任何情境都能自如应对。这次疫情为我们提供了一个很好的机会,让学生们做好准备,勇敢迎接现实生活中的种种挑战。

返校后计划实施的卫生防范措施:

为了缓解大家对复课的担忧,保证校园安全,我想在这里分享一些学校计划采取的初步行动:

1. 仅限学生、教职员和必要的个人进入校园。没有充分理由的家长不能进校。

2. 每个人每天进校园时测量体温。

3. 鼓励学生和教职员勤洗手/进行手部消毒。全校各处预备免洗杀菌洗手液。目前研究表明,这是针对病毒可以采取的最有效的措施。

4. 在不阻断教与学的情况下,每个人都要佩戴防护口罩。众所周知,口罩的有效性在很大程度上取决于正确使用和避免触碰。

5. 所有的设施表面和学习空间每天至少消毒一次。桌面和扶手等人们经常触碰的地方会更频繁地消毒。

6. 教给学生正确的卫生习惯,并要求他们在咳嗽或打喷嚏时捂住口鼻(如果没戴口罩)。

7. 任何疑似生病的人,无论症状如何,都要立即回家。如果孩子感觉不舒服,请家长不要送来学校。

8. 必要时,学校会采取更多的卫生防范措施。过一段时间会与大家分享进一步的方案。

我明白这段时间大家感到焦虑、彷徨,面对眼前的不确定,尤其需要我们保持耐心。学校将继续应对各种出现的问题,尽可能提供最好的方案。我们会与各位保持沟通,及时发布信息。感谢您的冷静、理性,以及相互提供的持续支持。

如果您有任何问题或疑虑,请随时与我们联系。

在这个充满挑战的时期,对于来自这样一个充满关爱的家长群体的支持,每一位教职员都心怀感恩。感谢您与我们一起,继续努力,使在线学习成为学生们可能获得的最佳体验。 真诚地, David Swanson 校长

Dear Parents, 

We appreciate your patience and perseverance as we take on the challenge of helping our students continue their learning during this time.  

I'd like to address three important updates for you in this message: 

    1      Additional support for online learning in K4 to Grade 5

    2      Changes to regular school hours once campus re-opens

    3      Safety measures to be implemented upon return to campus  

We understand that the online learning environment inherently lacks the personal touch and social interactions to an extent that in-class learning offers but please do know that our teachers are working full-time and very hard to make this the best experience possible for your child.

The online learning has overall been successful for the MYP and DP. Despite our efforts, online education has proven to be more challenging for our younger students.  We have received feedback from our community and are reassessing our plans accordingly. As such, we will be making a number of changes to support students and parents in K4 to Grade 5.

Additional support for online learning in K4 to Grade 5: 

During the period of online learning from now until March 11 we will do the following to support PYP students and parents at home:

1.     We understand that the language barrier can be an issue when parents are trying to support their child’s learning. As such, we will have our TAs provide translation for as much lesson content as possible in K4 to Grade 2. TAs are also available to support students and parents if you indicate you need extra support through your homeroom teacher.

2.     We understand that most parents are not teachers and are not able to be with their child throughout the day as the teacher normally would. We will therefore provide options for learning activities for students/parents to choose from so that a choice can be made at home about which method of accessing the lesson content works best, hopefully allowing students to work more independently. We will also try to provide more learning activities that are active and get students away from their computers for a time.

3.     We have implemented the use of Zoom to provide opportunities for students to have multiple options for live interaction with teachers and classmates.

4.     Additionally, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers if your child is having difficulty or feeling overwhelmed. Please encourage your child to ask questions if they don’t understand or if they need help.

5.     Our counsellors are also available should your child need social/emotional support during this time.

Please keep in mind that participation in the online learning is required and is essential for your child’s skill development. Our goal with these changes is to make the online learning experience more effective for our students and more manageable for parents to support.  

Changes to regular school hours once campus re-opens:

In addition to our ongoing adjustments and improvements to the online learning program, ISNS will be taking the extra measure of extending each school day by one full hour, once we return to campus. The extended school day schedule will be implemented for all age levels and will continue until the end of the school year.  The schedule for the extended day will be made by the addition of time to each academic period.  The adjusted school day will begin at 8:00am and end at 4:20pm.   After school athletics and activities will be offered after the extended day from 4:20pm onwards. More details will be provided at a later date.  

Additionally, we are exploring all possibilities for offering free summer school options.  Please be patient as we develop a plan for the summer program. 

While the teachers have delivered an equivalent amount of learning time during this period of online instruction as they would have during a regular school day, ISNS will be taking this extra step of providing more student contact time - the equivalent of several weeks of instruction - as a gesture of goodwill to parents and as an extra measure to ensure that our students are not negatively impacted by this unfortunate situation in any way. This additional learning time will be aimed at creating an opportunity for children to make-up for any lack of face-to-face social interaction and skill-building missed during this current period of online learning. We feel that this will be a positive supplement to the online learning program and a satisfactory adjustment to ensure that families feel the program meets our usual high standards.

Just a reminder that there will be no online learning or classes from March 12 to March 20 since we have shifted our spring break and a few other holidays to this time.

In the event that our campus must remain closed beyond the current projected date of March 23, all options will be reviewed again in order to find the best possible solution for our students and all other members of the ISNS community. We will be holding off on presenting additional options until we know for certain that the re-opening date will not change again.

Please keep in mind that the current situation is temporary and we will be back to school in good time. As a community, we want our students to develop the ability to learn and be successful in all circumstances. This situation has presented us with an excellent opportunity to prepare students for the challenges of the real world that lies ahead. 

Safety measures to be implemented upon return to campus:

To help alleviate some concerns about our return to campus, I would like to share with you some preliminary actions that we plan to take to keep the campus safe for all:

1.     Access to campus will be limited to students, faculty, staff and necessary individuals. Parents will not be allowed to enter campus without good reason.

2.     Everyone will be required to have their temperature checked as they enter campus daily.

3.     Students, teachers and staff will be encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands regularly throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be abundantly available throughout the campus. The current research shows that this is the most effective measure that can be taken against the virus.

4.     Everyone will wear protective face masks as much as possible insofar as it does not inhibit the teaching and learning. The effectiveness of masks highly depends upon their proper use and the individual not touching it.

5.     All surfaces and learning environments will be sanitized daily, if not more often.  High contact areas such as desk tops and handrails will be sanitized with more frequency.

6.     Students will learn about proper hygienic practices and will be asked to cover their nose or mouth (if not masked) when they cough or sneeze.

7.     Anyone who is suspected of being ill, regardless of the symptoms, will be sent home immediately. Parents should never send their child to school if they are not feeling well.

8.     Please note that ISNS will arrange more precautions and hygiene measures as deemed necessary. We will share further action plans with the community at a later date.

I understand that during this time it is difficult to wait and see how the future will unfold. Patience in this uncertainty is, however, essential. We will continue to navigate the issues as they unfold and manage the situation as best we possibly can. We will continue to communicate regularly with any updates we have. We appreciate your calm resolve and the ongoing support you are providing for one another.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Everyone at ISNS feels very grateful to have the support of such a caring parent community during this challenging time. Thank you for your partnership as we continue to work to make this online learning situation the best possible experience for all of our students.

 

Sincerely,

David Swanson

ISNS Head of School

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