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Dear BMS Students and Parents,

Dear BMS Students and Parents,

The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed our life and forces us to implement measures that would have been previously unimaginable. We as a community are called upon to learn how best to live with the virus, and with this, have the responsibility, and at the same time the opportunity, to design a new “normal”. This is a big task. The greatest challenge in this process is to contain the virus and to set the safety of our community members as a priority. At the same time, we must endeavor to not stop the social, economical, and cultural life but rather to think about solutions in a new manner.

COVID-19 forces us into a transformation. A transformation that does not stop or make way even for schools; quite the opposite in fact! School is a complex social system in which all families are forced to participate, due to compulsory education laws. The two-sided dynamic that is inherently a part of the school system--on one hand to respect and meet the highest requirements for safety and monitoring, and on the other, to offer the greatest possible degree of freedom to develop along with an accompanying margin of error-- has intensified. Up until now, school has been the lens to study society, now it is the lens through which we are learning how to handle the virus.

On this page we have included all important information regarding COVID-19 and all necessary BMS formalities and procedures, as transparency is the necessary prerequisite in order to protect us all.

We also provide you with an overview of our distance learning concept, so that you know how we are ensuring that the education of your child is never in danger, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The extensive digitalization of teaching and instruction as well as communication is our operational goal for the academic year 2020/21. We thank all parents, teachers and students, who are already actively supporting us in this endeavor. Our first digital parent evenings have been a huge success and more will follow in due course. Together, we will work on the further development of our concepts and learn how we can work together under these new conditions. At the same time, we will discuss as a community how we can provide a fulfilling school life for our students despite the need to ensure that the highest safety measure and protocols are met--school life that cannot happen without social contact.

We look forward to a dynamic and exciting school year, strong academic results, and thought-provoking discussions! Please stay healthy and feel free to ask us any questions you may have throughout the year!

  • 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.