Lower School Principal’s Post #34

Dear Lower School Families,

We are thrilled to be welcoming our Grade 4 and 5 students back to campus on Monday.  Over the course of the past two weeks, teachers across grade levels and departments have been collaborating on the various ways we can provide support to our Lower School Dragons upon their return, as well as ensure the continued health and safety of our community.   As such, we’ve put together the below videos for students as a way to show our enthusiasm, as well as prepare students for some of the changes surrounding new procedures and routines that will need to be adhered to throughout the day. 

We are so excited to welcome back Lower School students!

Although, we are only welcoming back students in Grades 4 and 5 at this time, we encourage all families to watch the below video in effort to maintain a continued connection to the school and our lower school faculty, while also participating in celebrating the reopening of campus to Lower School. 

Please note that at this time the return to campus information shared in the above video and stated below is only applicable to students / parents in Grades 4 and 5.  All students enrolled in Nursery through Grade 3 will continue Virtual Learning or Parental Guidance until further information surrounding a return to campus date is provided by the SEC.

Return to Campus Procedures and Reminders for Grade 4 and 5 Students:
A big thank you to all Grade 4 and 5 families who have fulfilled the preliminary school return-to-campus requirements in preparation for having your child return to campus on Monday.   

Eleanor in Grade 5 responds to an assignment on Seesaw.

Before returning to campus, each student must:

  1. have been physically present in China and have not travelled to Hubei province within the past 14 days.
  2. have completed all quarantine requirements and have a Green Health Code. Students who do not have smart phones may use their parents codes.
  3. monitor their daily temperature and other symptoms for a minimum of five days before their first day of coming to campus. Parents must start taking students’ temperatures on or before Wednesday, May 13th.   Here is a link to the online form that will need to be completed by parents of students in Grades 4 and 5 each day until Monday, May 18th.   Parents will need to submit this form on Saturday and Sunday as well.

If your 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

Mike in 2S stays active while at home.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

We have been preparing for this day since our campus closed in February and will continue to do everything in our power to make sure our return and reunion is safe and positive.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are all in this together.

Shanghai Health and Travel QR Code Update

Please note that we have updated the Shanghai Health and Travel QR codes we accept as a school. All students must show their Shanghai Green QR code from either WeChat, Alipay, or HealthCloud (pictured above). Students may continue to use their parent’s QR code. Bus riders will show the QR codes to the bus Ayi before entering the bus while bike riders and/or walkers will show their QR codes at the school gate. Thank you for your cooperation.

Return to Campus Parent and Student Information

Marko in 3J shares his happy artwork!

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.  

Sumire in 1G sings a song for Music class.

Helping Parents Manage Frustration Dr. Molly Myers

As a school we recognize this period of campus closure has been difficult for parents as families struggle to balance work, child care, and self-care while keeping worries – both your children’s and your own- under control.  To help parents understand ways they can better manage frustration they may be experiencing with their child(ren), Dr. Molly Myers, a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator has put together an online webinar to support parents during this time.  Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Myers with any questions you have. She can be reached at mmyers@scis-china.org

Scholastic Books

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 the entrance gate to campus by contacting Ms. Vicki Xu, the Lower School Secretary at vxu@scis-china.org

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!

  • Madison Chung in 2M is being recognized by Ms. Muy for being Balanced.
  • Mia Liu in 2M is being recognized by Ms. Muy for being Principled.
  • Artur Akhpolov in 1K is recognized by Ms. Kridle for being a Risk-Taker.
  • Emily Wang in 3V is being recognized by Ms. V for being Balanced.
  • Jeunghyeon Lee in 1K is recognized by Ms. Kridle for being Principled.
  • Joanna Li in 3J is being recognized by Mrs. Johnson for being a Thinker.
  • Naomi Chi in 3J is being recognized by Mrs. Johnson for being Principled.
  • Constantin Trantow in 4B is recognized by Mrs. Rana for being a Risk-Taker.

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:

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  

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:

Ms. Kridl provides an animated read-aloud for students in Grade 1.

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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