Lower School Principal’s Post #29

Dear Lower School Families,

Mila in 2S actively engaged in her learning assignment.

I hope the increase in Live Learning sessions this week for K-5 students has helped your child(ren) feel a greater connection to their peers and teachers as we come to the conclusion of our 9th week of Virtual Learning.  As you may have seen from the Director of Schools email sent yesterday, the Shanghai Educational Commission (SEC) has announced a potential return to campus date for Shanghai schools.  Currently we are looking into the announced timeline of April 27th or May 6th and whether or not those dates will be applied to SCIS and other international schools in Shanghai.

Elie in 2S practicing some yoga moves for PE.

Please know that we have been preparing for a potential return to campus for some time and are looking extremely forward to being together again as a community.  Maintaining a strong sense of community and belonging is something that SCIS has consistently delivered upon.  We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we have established with students, families, and each other. 

As we continue to navigate the realities of the current situation and the multifaceted global impact COVID-19 has had not only on economic and financial stability, but also on the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of our community, I want you to know that we remain wholeheartedly committed to serving your children and our families in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.  While it may be difficult to pinpoint the silver-lining during these uncertain situations, I am extremely confident of our collective ability as educators, parents and students to use the tremendous qualities of perseverance, resilience, commitment and care that have continued to characterize this historic moment in time for our community as the building blocks that will get a through the journey that lies ahead. 

Sara in 4R describing her virtual learning experience to a student in the USA who is just beginning the journey.

Return to Campus:

Students across grade levels practiced their flexibility for their PE assignments this week.

As parents, we want you to be aware that the school is undertaking all of the necessary operational preparations to ensure we are prepared to open on the first possible date allowed by the SEC. We will provide detailed information on our preparations as well as new health and safety guidelines over the coming weeks. There are also a number of guidelines that are being published by the SEC that will prevent us at least temporarily from returning to operating as we did prior to the pandemic.  For example, non-educational gatherings are currently prohibited, and outside visitors will not be allowed on campus.  Once we have received and reviewed all of these directives from the SEC we will communicate them to the community.

Support for Students Outside of China

While the news of a return to campus is certainly exciting for those of us here in Shanghai, we recognize that not all families have been able to make the return trip. Please rest assured that we are making provisions to ensure that learning continues online for students that are unable to return to Shanghai. SCIS is committed to supporting all of its students wherever they are until the boarders reopen and families are able to return to Shanghai. 

We also ask that you please update the family travel survey as soon as possible to reflect any recent changes in our students’ whereabouts as this will ensure we are best able to support our learners wherever they may be.

Jodan in 4R appears to be very focused on his learning tasks.

Message from SCIS Admissions: Revised 2020-2021 Enrollment Deadlines

Hugo and Isabella share their learning space.

Dear SCIS Community,

During this health emergency, the SCIS Admissions Office remains open and committed to fostering the SCIS community. Of course, first-and-foremost, our priority is the health and safety of your family and our entire SCIS community. We continue to work with current and new families as we strive to effectively plan for yet another successful school year. For current families, our re-enrollment process is in full swing; and for prospective families, we have already begun accepting new students for the 2020-2021 school year. We are confident that SCIS will once again be able to foster one of the strongest and most diverse learning communities within Shanghai.

As this health emergency continues, we understand that it may be difficult to progress through the standard re-enrollment process with certainty. Thus, in order to further support our current SCIS community, we have adjusted the re-enrollment timeline in order to provide a flexible timeframe that ensures all current families have first priority to register for the upcoming school year.

Please review the adjusted re-enrollment timeline below and visit our re-enrollment webpage for more information. We thank you again for your continued support and involvement in our school community and hope to welcome your family for yet another successful year at SCIS.

If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment or need any assistance, please contact our admissions office at admissions@scis-china.org or visit our re-enrollment webpage for more information.

Virtual Parent Community Circles

Leo always has a bright smile to share.

The SCIS Social Emotional Support Team, made up of divisional school counselors, has been working to support the SCIS community during the school closure.  As we continue to transition and settle into the shifts that are taking place in the larger world around us, the SCIS-Pudong Lower School Counselor, Mrs. Laurie Luebbe would like to invite any interested parents to join in a Virtual Community Circle as a way to explore and process emotions stemming from the complex facets of Covid-19’s impact on our lives.  We invite you to join this virtual circle as a way to connect with other parents and create a safe space through which to acknowledge the journey you are on, as we continue to navigate that which is unknown.

If you would be interested in joining a Parent Community Circle please let us know your preferred days and times by completing this short interest survey.

How to Talk with your Child about COVID-19

Mr. Schultz greets students with a morning message.

For information on how to talk with your children about COVID-19 below are several resources you can refer to:

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 (lluebbe@scis-china.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  

Madison comfortably engaged in Virtual Learning at home.

Given various challenges related to technology access and internet reliability please feel free to reach out to our SCIS-Pudong IT Department at pd-technology@scis-china.org 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.

School Attendance and Student Participation:

Visakan in 4K responded to an assignment for his PYP Exhibition work.

During the Virtual Learning period student attendance will not be taken; however, assignment completion will be used to validate student participation and progress in virtual learning.  Students will be afforded a flexible 48-hour window in order to participate in a way that allows them to complete assignments.  Students / parents should communicate with their teacher(s) if more time is needed surrounding specific assignments. 

Additionally, we recognize that students may not be able to complete all assignments due to families varying circumstances including access to appropriate technology and internet reliability.  Please know that while students will not be penalized academically, lack of participation in the online learning platform may hinder progress against the grade level core or subject area standards.   As such, if students do not partake in the learning experiences it will be difficult for teachers to assess and report on student progress which may potentially result in students receiving the achievement indicator IE (insufficient evidence), AE (approaching grade level expectation), or NME (not meeting grade level expectation) on the student’s semester report.

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