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Head of School Notice: Important updates and reminders

March 11, 2020

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尊敬的家长:

⻄⽅有⼀句古⽼的谚语:“河流可以切碎岩石,并⾮因其⼒⼤无穷,乃是因为坚持不懈。”持之以恒是学习国际文凭课程的关键所在。越是在当前这样的时候,我们越能感受到 IB 课程的智慧,未⾬绸缪培养学⽣的优秀品质。我理解在这段充满挑战的时期,您在家⾥辅导孩⼦需要很⼤的毅⼒,请保持坚强,我们会一起度过难关的。

在这里,我想就以下几个方面向各位做出新的说明:

旅⾏建议:

教育局要求学校通知⼤大家,如果您⽬前不在深圳,请务必留在原地,另⾏通知之前不要返回。政府正在坚持不懈地控制疫情,对此时回国的⼈员会进⾏严格的隔离。学校会尽⼒在复课前三周通知各位,以便您能相应地安排回程计划。

在线学习小假期:

按照计划,3 ⽉月 12-20 ⽇为在线学习⼩假期,不安排网络授课。如果孩⼦之前在某个学科有任务没完成,这是抓紧时间赶上进度的好时机。此外,您可以利用这段时间让孩子参加⼀些活动,暂时远离电⼦屏幕。

3 ⽉23 ⽇恢复在线教学:

3 ⽉ 23 日恢复在线教学时,学校会做出若干改进,以便您在家⾥更好地支持孩子。我们已经收到了您的反馈,并计划做出相应的调整。其中一项是为 PYP 和MYP 学生提供每⽇时间表。不仅如此,学校希望增加师⽣之间的直接互动,保持学⽣跟上进度。如果您对在线教学有进一步的反馈,请继续与老师直接沟通。

如果存在语⾔障碍,可以寻求翻译⽅面的帮助。

成绩报告:

感谢您耐心等待!学校即将发布第⼀学期成绩单。报告内容已经准备就绪,3 ⽉ 13 ⽇(本周五)您可以登录 ManageBac 系统查看和下载。

学⽣生在不不断进步:

停课期间,所有教师和工作⼈员都在全职工作,尽全力让学⽣的学习不因疫情中断。学校的目标是让学⽣跟上教学进度。我们很⾼兴地向您报告,学⽣正在向着预定的⽅向前进,学校也计划 5 月份如期在校内为毕业班举行 IB 考试。如果届时考试必须另行安排或者对学⽣的学习有任何影响,学校会⽴即与您沟通。

学校运营:

运营团队正在为将来的复课积极准备,确保校园安全、设施⻬备。学校计划在所有主要场所(包括课室)安装紫外线灯,利用夜间消毒,最⼤限度地保障学⽣生安全。管理理团队正在与索迪斯⼀一起研究制定复课后额外的清洁和食品安全措施。索迪斯的员工正在校内⼯作,保持学校的整洁。

您了解 ISNS 是私⽴国际学校,鉴于这个性质,政府不会因为疫情给予任何形式的财政补助。⽆论在校内还是家⾥,我们始终致⼒于为孩⼦提供最好的教育和环境。因此,学校依然承担着与正常运营期间相近的费用。

学校社区这里能拥有这么好的家⻓和学⽣,我们倍感荣幸。非常感谢您对学校的理解和支持,我们期待着这场毅力的考验早⽇结束。

真诚地,

David Swanson校长

Dear Parents,

An ancient proverb says, "A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence." Persistence is a key aspect of the IB approaches to learning. It is during a time like this that we see the wisdom of the IB in pro-actively teaching such essential traits to our learners. I understand it is taking a great deal of persistence on your part at home with your children during this challenging time, but stay strong and know that we will get through it together.

At this time, I would like to provide an update on several important items:

Travel Advisory

If you are not currently in Shenzhen, we have been asked by the government to inform our community to remain where you are and not return until further notice. The government is working persistently to contain the virus and will be placing those returning now in strict quarantine. We will do our best to notify you three weeks prior to the opening of the campus so that you can plan your return accordingly.

Break from Online Learning

Please remember that our scheduled break from online learning will take place from March 12 to March 20. There will be no instruction during this time. It would, however, be a good time for your child to catch up on their work if they have gotten behind in any subject. Also, please take the opportunity to have your child engage in activities that don't require a screen.

Online Learning to Resume March 23

When online learning resumes on March 23, we plan to make several refinements designed to help you better support your child at home. We have listened to your feedback and plan to make changes accordingly. One such improvement will be to provide a more structured daily schedule for PYP and MYP students to follow. Additionally, it is our goal to increase the amount of direct interaction between teachers and students to continue to keep students on track. If you have further feedback for your child's teachers regarding online learning, please continue to communicate with them directly. If you need help to overcome the language barrier, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance with translation.

Reports

Thank you for your patience as you have waited for us to issue student progress reports from first semester and second quarter. We have been able to get these completed now and they will be available for your viewing or download from Managebac on Friday, March 13th.

ISNS Students are On-Track

Our teachers and staff are working full-time during the closure of our campus to do the utmost they can to keep learning happening. Our goal is to keep students on track with the planned curriculum. We are happy to report that our students are on-track, and we are still planning to hold the IB exams for DP students on our campus in May. We will communicate with you immediately if alternative arrangements must be made for exams or if any concerns about your child's progress should arise.

Operations Update

Our operations team is working diligently to ensure that our campus will be safe and equipped once we can re-open. Our maintenance team is working to secure UV lighting. They will be installed in all key areas, including classrooms, and operated at night to disinfect these areas and help to maximize the safety of our students. Our administrative team is working with Sodexo to make arrangements for extra cleaning and food safety measures to be implemented upon our return. Sodexo staff are currently working on campus, maintaining the cleanliness of the school.

Please keep in mind that we are a private international school and, as such, do not receive any financial assistance from the government during this crisis. ISNS is committed to providing the best education and environment for your child both on and off-campus. Thus, the school continues to have expenses that are similar to what it would during regular operation.

It is a pleasure to have such wonderful parents and students in our school community. Thank you very much for being so understanding and supportive as we continue to wait for the end of this test of our perseverance.

Sincerely,

David Swanson

Head of School