Dear Lower School Families,
We are so excited to be welcoming back our Kindergarten through Grade 3 students next week. On Tuesday, June 1st our first, second, and third grade students will join us on campus, while on Wednesday, June 2nd we will welcome back Kindergarten students. Although students will only be in school for 7 or 8 days with their current grade level teacher prior to the end of the school year, we are looking forward to having this opportunity to reconnect with these students and be together as we wind down the final days of what has been an incredible and unprecedented 2019-2020 school year.
As a reminder, if you are a parent of a child in Kindergarten through Grade 3 and you plan to have your child return to campus next week please ensure that you have adhered to all the return to campus procedures below. If we do not have 5 consecutive days of health information prior to your child’s return to campus, they will not be allowed to enter the school building. It is very important that our entire community follows through with the required health and safety protocols to ensure we are providing a safe and secure environment for all students, teachers, and support staff.
For parents of students in Nursery, Preschool, or Prekindergarten you will be receiving information about the return to campus procedures for our youngest dragons via your SCIS-parent email account.
Welcome Back Kindergarten – Grade 3 Students! We’ve missed you! We hope you enjoy this video from your teachers!
Return to Campus Procedures and Reminders:
Before returning to campus, each student must:
- have been physically present in China and have not travelled to Hubei province within the past 14 days,
- have completed all quarantine requirements and have a Green Health Code. [Students who do not have smart phones may use their parents codes.]
- monitor their daily temperature and other symptoms for a minimum of five days before their first day of coming to campus.
- For students in Grades 1-3, parents must start taking students’ temperatures on or before Wednesday, May 27th. Here is a link to the online form that will need to be completed by parents of students in Grades 1-3 each day until Tuesday, June 2nd. Parents will need to submit this form on Saturday and Sunday as well.
- For students in Kindergarten, parents must start taking students’ temperatures on or before Thursday, May 28th. Here is a link to the online form that will need to be completed by parents of students in Kindergarten each day until Wednesday, June 3rd. Parents will need to submit this form on Saturday and Sunday as well.
child does not yet meet the above requirements, we will continue to support
their virtual learning as long as is needed.
Return to Campus Procedures
- All parents/guardians must take their child/ren’s temperature and check them for other symptoms every morning before school. Please do not send your child/children to school if they have any symptoms of illness. Students with an elevated temperature of 37.3°C or above will not be permitted to board the bus or to enter the school building.
- Morning home health checks, along with other pertinent information, must be documented on the Daily Student Health Card. Students are required to bring a hard copy of their Daily Student Health Card every day. They will show this card and their or one of their parent’s Green QR Code (QR Code Procedures Here) to the Bus Monitor before boarding the bus. The Bus Monitor will collect the student’s health card and give the card to the Lower School Secretary upon arrival. Students who do not submit their Daily Student Health Card and a Green QR Code (theirs or a parents) will not be permitted to board the bus or enter the school building.
- Students must board the busses and arrive to school with masks. All staff and students are required to wear masks for the duration of the school day. Parents are required to provide 2 masks for their child each day. It is recommended that parents provide surgical masks for their child. N95 masks are not recommended.
- Only students and staff are able to enter the SCIS-Pudong campus at this time. Parents will continue to participate in campus life virtually, through Seesaw and Microsoft Teams.
- Students should ensure they bring the following items with them to school each day: a water bottle that is labelled with the child’s name, and a hearty and healthy daily morning snack.
Return to Campus Parent Meeting
If you are a parent of a child in Kindergarten – Grade 3 and you were unable to attend Return to Campus orientation meeting on Monday, May 25th at 3:00pm here is a link to the recording. If you have any questions surrounding the content shared within this meeting please reach out to Ms. Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All SCIS-Pudong families are encouraged to visit the SCIS-Pudong Return to Campus Webpage that has been developed in effort to provide clear information surrounding what to expect upon a return to campus. The webpage contains informative videos depicting new processes and procedures to ensure health and safety protocols are met, as well as information related to health tracking for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, school bus protocols, general health and hygiene protocols, and entrance and exit procedures are clearly articulated to ensure clarity and transparency surrounding return to campus procedures. The content on the webpage will continue to evolve so we encourage families to visit the page regularly.
Return to Campus Video for Students and Parents
In addition to the information provided in the parent portal we have also prepared an orientation video for students. This will provide all students with an idea of some of the new procedures we have implemented to ensure the ongoing health and safety of the community.
All Lower School Parents are encouraged to carefully read through the information provided in the SCIS-Pudong Return to Campus Webpage. In addition to return to campus procedures there is also information about the necessary steps families must take in the event a child has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea during the school day or outside of school hours. Students who develop a fever will only be allowed to return to campus with a doctor’s report that clearly states the diagnosis and prescribed action. Additionally the student must be fever free for 48hrs without the use of fever reducing medication. Additionally, students must receive approval from the school nurse. In the event a child has vomiting or diarrhea the student will only be allowed to return to campus with a doctor’s report that clearly states the diagnosis and prescribed action. Additionally the student must be free of vomiting / diarrhea for 72 hours and receive approval from the school nurse prior to being allowed to return to school. If you have any questions surrounding illness protocols please connect with Nurse Jan at email@example.com
GREENS AND JEANS SPIRIT DAYS!
As we come to the end of an incredible year we are encouraging all students and faculty to show their dragon spirit by participating in our end of the year spirit days. On the following days students should come to school dressed in their green SCIS t-shirt and jeans:
- Friday, June 5th
- Thursday, June 11th
Learner Profile Recognitions:
This week we’d like to acknowledge many of our Lower School students who have been recognized by their teachers for displaying one or more of the Learner Profile Attributes over the course of the past two weeks. A big CONGRATULATIONS to all our Learner Profile Recognition recipients!
- Alice Cordischi in 1K is being recognized by Ms. Kridl for being Knowledgeable.
- Myra Chaudhary in 1K is being recognized by Ms. Kridl for being a Communicator.
- Dennis Cho in 1K is being recognized by Ms. Kridl for being an Inquirer.
- Emily Cui in 3J is being recognized by Mrs. Johnson for being Caring.
- Aedan Pang in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being Knowledgeable.
- Eleanor Hamlin in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being Open-Minded.
- Ethan Jiang in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being a Thinker.
- Marx Lagarto in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being a Thinker.
- Moira Korsstrom in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being Open-Minded.
- Xavier Zhang in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being Knowledgeable.
- Zachary Bergen in Grade 5 is being recognized by Mr. Kelly for being Open-Minded.
- Liv Gram in 3J is being recognized by Mrs. Johnson for being a Thinker.
- Lucas Chen in 1K is being recognized by Ms. Kridl for being a Thinker.
Class Placements for 2020-2021
This morning an important letter was sent to all SCIS-Pudong Lower School parents surrounding class placements for returning students. Please take a moment to read through the letter in order to gain a deeper understanding of the tremendous amount of thought that is put into establishing balanced classes. As mentioned in the letter,
“In order to establish balanced classes, we are unable to consider parent requests for specific teachers. We are also unable to accept requests for students to be placed in the same class with a particular child. Please do not submit such requests, as they will not be considered.
We will however, accept emails in which you may share particular information about your child and his/her academic and social needs that you think the school should take into consideration when formulating class lists as described above. While we accept such correspondence, it should be noted that we believe that all our teachers are well placed to meet the needs of our students and it will be more important to meet with your child’s teacher at the commencement of the new school year to discuss your child’s individual circumstances. Should you wish to share specific information regarding your child’s needs, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org before June 11th.”
For parents who placed Scholastic book orders back in October, the book orders have arrived and will be distributed to the students in Grades 4 and 5 who ordered books on Monday. Students in Nursery through Grade 3 who placed an order for Scholastic books can arrange a time to pick up their books from campus by contacting Ms. Vicki Xu, the Lower School Secretary at email@example.com
SCIS-Pudong Lower School Summer Program
All parents should have received information via their scis-parent email account surrounding Summer Program registration. Within the Lower School, the Summer Program will be structured through a transdisciplinary approach based upon the IB PYP Primary Years Programme. Each week, students across grade levels will inquire into various aspects of one transdisciplinary theme that will include elements of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Additionally, students will also be participating in a variety of activities that will support their continued physical and social-emotional growth and development. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 will participate in a full-day summer program, while students in Nursery, Preschool, and Prekindergarten will be provided with a half-day program. If you have any questions surrounding the structure of the Summer Program please connect with Miss Malika Meidinger, the Lower School Summer Program Coordinator.
SCIS-Pudong End-of-the-Year Community Video
How to Talk with your Child about COVID-19
For information on how to talk with your children about COVID-19 below are several resources you can refer to:
- Supporting families during COVID-19 – Child Mind Institute
- A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19 – The Creative Curriculum
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
- How to Talk with Kids about COVID-19 – Stanford Children’s Hospital
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child – Kids Health
- Managing Children’s Fear, Anxiety in the Age of COVID-19 – Medscape
If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction, and continue conversations and providing care for your child. If you find that additional support is needed, please reach out to Mrs. Luebbe (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can refer you to outside counseling or to schedule time with you or your child to make a plan on how to support them during this time. In the meantime please also refer to the SCIS Virtual Learning Survival Guide in effort to provide some connection, communication, and resources that will support you and your child during this time.
IT Support with Virtual Learning
Given various challenges related to technology access and internet reliability please feel free to reach out to our SCIS-Pudong IT Department at email@example.com if you experience any issues or complications with Seesaw and/or other technology platforms. We appreciate your support and are here to help you make virtual learning a success in any way we can.