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Liebe Eltern und Schüler der BMS,

Liebe Eltern und Schüler der BMS,

die COVID 19 Pandemie hat unser Leben verändert und zwingt uns zu Maßnahmen, die bis vor kurzem noch undenkbar waren. Wir alle miteinander sind aufgerufen, zu lernen mit dem Virus umzugehen und haben die Pflicht und gleichzeitig die Chance, miteinander eine neue „Normalität“ zu gestalten. Das ist eine große Aufgabe. Die größte Herausforderung dabei ist, die Eindämmung des Virus und die Sicherheit aller als Priorität zu verfolgen und gleichzeitig das soziale, wirtschaftliche und kulturelle Leben nicht anzuhalten sondern neu zu denken.

COVID 19 zwingt uns in eine Transformation. Diese Transformation macht auch insbesondere nicht vor Schule halt. Im Gegenteil! Schule ist ein diffiziles soziales System, an dem alle Familien aufgrund der Schulpflicht gezwungen sind, teilzunehmen. Die Zerrissenheit, die inhärent Teil des Systems Schule ist – einerseits den höchsten Anforderungen an Schutz und Kontrolle gerecht zu werden und andererseits mit hoher Fehlertoleranz die größtmögliche Freiheit zur Entfaltung zu bieten – hat sich nochmals verschärft. Bisher war Schule das Brennglas der Gesellschaft und jetzt ist Schule auch das Brennglas für den Umgang mit der Pandemie.

Auf dieser Seite haben wir für Sie die wichtigsten Informationen im Umgang mit COVID 19 und die BMS spezifischen Regularien zusammengetragen, da Transparenz die notwendige Voraussetzung ist, um uns alle zu schützen.

Gleichzeitig stellen wir Ihnen auf dieser Seite auch unsere Konzepte für „Distance Learning“ zur Verfügung, damit Sie wissen, wie wir sicherstellen, dass die Ausbildung Ihrer Kinder trotz der COVID 19 Pandemie zu keiner Zeit gefährdet ist.

Die weitgehende Digitalisierung des Unterrichts und der Kommunikation ist unser operatives Ziel für das Schuljahr 2020/21. Wir danken allen Eltern, Lehrern und Schülern, die uns auf diesem Weg bereits aktiv unterstützen. Unsere ersten digitalen Elternversammlungen waren ein großer Erfolg und weitere werden folgen. Gemeinsam werden wir unsere Konzepte weiterentwickeln und gemeinsam lernen, wie wir uns unter diesen neuen Gegebenheiten effektiv austauschen und zusammenarbeiten können. Gleichzeitig werden wir miteinander diskutieren, wie wir trotz höchster Sicherheitsmaßnahmen unseren Schülern und Schülerinnen ein erfülltes Schulleben ermöglichen können, das nicht auf soziale Kontakte verzichten kann!

Wir freuen uns auf ein spannendes Schuljahr, gute akademische Ergebnisse und einen anregenden Austausch! Bitte bleiben Sie alle gesund und kommen Sie bei Fragen gerne auf uns zu!

  • Distance Learning
  • We define ‘Distance Learning’ as any activity or instruction that takes place while the learner and teacher are in different locations. It can take place independent of location and  time. This document provides information to all stakeholders regarding the expectations, routines, and support that will be implemented should we be required to put an emergency school closure plan into operation. Of course, there is a range of different scenarios that we may be required to respond to, so the guidelines below are designed to be inclusive of these:

    Teacher is in quarantine.
    Students attend school and a substitute teacher(s) is assigned. Co-teaching model with the teacher calling in for agreed lessons as appropriate. Substitute teacher follows plans set by class teacher/specialist teachers and supports learning in the classroom.
     
    One or a group of students from one class are in quarantine.
    Student’s teacher(s) reaches out on an individual basis. Learning provision is supported by the class teaching team through posting learning activities for students on the Grade Level blog/Seesaw/MSTeams. Students are assigned tasks on various online learning platforms and are required to work on these independently at home. Should a larger group of students be quarantining from a Grade level, a schedule of regular online check-ins and online lessons will be implemented. If possible, students  participate in lessons and activities  via MSTeams as determined by the teacher(s) and appropriate to the Grade level.
     
    Students are at home due to health risk in the family, return from a high-risk area.
    Student’’s teacher(s) reaches out on an individual basis. Learning provision is supported by the class teaching team through posting learning activities for students on the Grade Level blog/Seesaw/MSTeams. Students are assigned tasks on various online learning platforms and are required to work on these independently at home. If possible, students  participate in lessons and  activities via MS Teams as determined by the teacher(s) and appropriate to the Grade Level.

    Requested Reduction of Capacity On Site
    The schedule is  adapted to accommodate a Week A /Week B rotation  with students attending on site lessons on abi-weekly basis. Students are  provided with home learning assignments to work on during their offsite week of learning and/or access on site lessons remotely via Teams. This depends on the age of the students and suitability of lessons.
     
    Whole class is in quarantine | Whole school is closed
    Full Distance Learning Program is  implemented within two days of the announcement. A combination of online and offline learning is facilitated following a daily/weekly schedule which includes specialist lessons and reflects the regular schedule for students.

  • EARLY YEARS (Kindergarten)
    Our staff will share with students and families daily learning engagements. With a focus on literacy, numeracy,
    creative and other exploratory activities, our Kindergarten students will be provided with opportunities to continue to develop their core skills, engage in stimulating and fun activities, and to stay in contact with their group teachers by sharing photos and completed tasks.
    We will set up a schedule for a regular personal check-in between teachers and students.
    We will use Seesaw as a learning platform.

    EARLY YEARS (Preschool)
    Our staff will share with students and families daily learning engagements. With a focus on literacy, numeracy,
    creative and other exploratory activities, our Preschool students will be provided with opportunities to continue to develop their core skills, engage in stimulating and fun activities, and to stay in contact with their group teachers by sharing photos and completed tasks.
    Our focus is on providing the best possible preparation for transition into Grade 1. Preschool teachers will provide a weekly overview of learning objectives connected to the engagements provided.
    We will set up a schedule for a regular personal check-in between teachers and students.
    Curriculum Coordinators for English, German and Math will provide age appropriate offline and online learning
    activities and materials.
    We will use Seesaw as a learning platform.

  • PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADE 1-2
    We focus on Reading and Writing as well as Number concepts to ensure that students can build a strong foundation of all basic concepts. Therefore, German, English, and Math are our focus areas.
    We will also focus on fostering a love of learning, by providing engaging inquiry, research and investigation tasks for students. Curiosity and fun are at the heart of our Grade 1-2 program as well as strong connections to teachers and peer group.
    We will work with Seesaw to exchange learning tasks and to share learning experiences.
    We will adapt the schedule to an age appropriate level. The school day will be shorter. We will adapt our normal schedule and will prepare learning activities for our students that they can access independently.
    We will set up regular check-ins with teachers and the peer group to also focus on social interaction as well as small group instruction and assessment.

    PRIMARY SCHOOL GRADE 3-4
    In Grades 3-4 we focus on the main subjects of German, English, and Math to ensure appropriate academic development in these core areas. We will also offer learning opportunities that will encourage investigation and research connected to the current Unit of Inquiry.
    We will follow the shared weekly distance learning schedule with online and offline tasks including opportunities to collaborate with peers using digital platforms.
    We will nurture independent learning and working skills, using the learning platforms Office 365, MS Teams, and Seesaw.

    Primary School Grade 5-6
    For Grade 5-6 we focus on the main subjects of German, English, and Math to provide the best possible preparation for the transition into Secondary School.
    We will follow the shared weekly distance learning schedule, with online and offline tasks, including opportunities to collaborate with peers using digital platforms.  
    We will nurture independent learning and working skills, using the learning platforms Office 365, MS Teams, and Seesaw.

  • The CCEP team will work in close collaboration with the Primary School continuing to support Homeroom, German, and Specialist Teachers during the period of Continuous Learning from home.
    Our focus will continue to be on social and emotional well-being which is particularly important during a quarantine/lockdown.
    We will support students through individual, group, and snack time check-ins and remain in close contact via the online learning platform, Seesaw and online communication application, Microsoft Teams. We will offer feedback and support with how to organise time, and how to get enough physical activity. We will provide focused help with certain assignments as well as general support on how to cope and adjust to the transition.
    We will also provide a Virtual Hort with age-appropriate offers, games, and activities via Padlet in the event of a long-term school closure.

  • Secondary School Grade 7-8
    For Grades 7-8, we focus on all non-practical subjects, including German, English, Science, Humanities, and Math to ensure our students continue to build a strong foundation of knowledge.
    We make full use of our BMS platforms, particularly Office 365 and MS Teams, as well as Managebac and the
    research resources of our library. We expect our students to follow their usual schedule for the above subjects and will provide daily, ‘live’ input from our teachers as well as setting tasks that require independent learning skills. Our staff will maintain strong connections with our students to sustain motivation and self-directed learning skills.
    Attendance will be taken and monitored. Feedback will be shared with parents regularly.

    Secondary School Grade 9-10
    For Grades 9-10, we focus on preparing students for the MSA and IGCSE Exams and, therefore, prioritize the relevant subjects and skills.
    Students will follow their normal schedule with online and offline tasks.
    Attendance will be taken and monitored and any concerns will be raised early.
    Assessments will take place regularly to monitor progress. Feedback will be shared with parents and students.
    Tutors and subject teachers will check in with students regularly to evaluate the students’ level of preparation and confidence. Program Coordinators for IGCSE and MSA will monitor progress throughout the cohort and liaise with staff regarding any further intervention needed.

    Secondary School Grade 11-12
    For Grades 11-12, we focus on preparing students for their IB Diploma and, therefore, prioritize the relevant subjects and skills.
    Students will follow their normal schedule with online and offline tasks.
    Attendance will be taken and monitored and any concerns will be raised early.
    Assessments will take place regularly to monitor progress. Feedback will be shared with parents and students.
    Tutors and subject teachers will check in with students regularly to evaluate the students’ level of preparation and confidence, and the IB Coordinator will monitor progress throughout the cohort and liaise with staff regarding any further intervention needed.