2020-2021 Principal’s Post #5

United National International Day of Peace

The United Nations International Day of Peace will be celebrated this coming Wednesday, September 30th. UNIDOP is a special day at SCIS, as it allows us to take time to celebrate the amazing diversity that is SCIS and reflect on how we can harness it to make the world a better, more peaceful place. On this day, students are encouraged to wear clothes representative of their home country.  Students have the option of wearing these clothes to school or changing prior to our assembly.  With over 51 countries represented, the assembly will provide a wonderful opportunity for all participants to reflect on how fortunate we are to be part of such a multi-cultural and internationally-minded learning community. While we, unfortunately, are not able to invite parents on to campus, families are invited to participate remotely in this event via Microsoft Teams.  Specific information on how to access the event and participate will be shared next week.

Government Travel Restrictions Remain in Place for the Coming Holiday Break

Dear SCIS-Pudong Families, 

This is a reminder that students should not plan to travel outside of Shanghai until further notice.  Missing valuable learning time in school will negatively impact a student’s learning experience and will affect assessments and reporting. If your family chooses to travel outside of Shanghai, against travel recommendations, there will be a modified virtual learning program offered to children during the required 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring.  

A modified virtual learning does not include live learning sessions with teachers and will not replicate the face-to-face classroom experiences.  Modified Virtual Learning will primarily consist of independently completing assigned work. 

Should your child(ren) travel outside of Shanghai against government and school recommendations, you must contact your divisional secretary (Lower School – Ms. Vicki Xu at vxu@scis-china.org, Upper School – Ms. Jelly Ling , jling@scis-china.org) who will follow up with you regarding requirements and information regarding the mandatory 14-day “in Shanghai” health monitoring before returning to school. 

亲爱的SCIS 浦东家长们: 

温馨提醒,在还没有收到进一步通知前,在校学生不应计划出上海旅游。 错过在校学习的宝贵时间会让学生在学习上产和负面影响以及后续的评估报告。 如果您还是计划出上海旅游的话, 学生将被要求居家自我健康观察14天, 到时将会为学生提供更新后的上线教学课程。 

这次更新后的线上教学将不再包括老师的实时课程,以及面对面互动等。这次的线上教学主要以分配学生任务为主。 

如若您的孩子还是外出上海旅游, 您必须及时与您孩子所在年级秘书联系(低年级- Ms. Vicki Xu vxu@scis-china.org;高年级- Ms. Jelly Ling jling@scis-china.org), 她们会跟进以及更新在学生居家自我健康观察14天后返校信息。

The Science of Inquiry

Student’s in Ms. Marcos’s grade 7 science class put their skills to work this week as they played the role of consumer product testers. Each group of students identified a consumer product they were interested in testing. They designed their own experiments, and then wrote up their findings in a lab report, making recommendations to consumers regarding which is the best product to buy and why. Students were excited to share what they had learned and were able to keenly describe their experiments, including the variables controlled for. The descriptions of their findings showed how excited they were to be applying their learning in a real-world context. If you are a parent of a grade 7 student, please asked them about this experience.

One of the main goals of delivering our curriculum through the framework of the IB Middle Years Program is to ensure that students experience their learning through the process of inquiry. The inquiry approach allows students to construct their learning based on their prior knowledge and their classroom experience. This approach engages students by making the material students learn relevant to them and connected to the world outside of academia. For more information on the MYP at SCIS please plan to attend the MYP presentation on October 22nd.

Window into the Classroom

As we are unable to welcome parents onto our campus at this time, we would like to bring the SCIS experience to you virtually. We will regularly provide a gallery of photos representing the student daily experience at SCIS, so parents can stay connected despite our separation. Enjoy!

Announcements

2020-2021 Principals’ Post #4

Virtual Back to School Night Brings our Community Together Online

Teachers met with parents last night for our first ever Virtual Back to School Night hosted on Microsoft Teams. While we were disappointed that we were unable to welcome parents to our campus, we were excited to have parents participate virtually. The event gave teachers the opportunity to introduce themselves to families, provided an overview of the individual courses, and shared advice on how parents could support their child’s learning. In case you missed last night’s program, you can still watch the pre-recorded messages from the administration and program specialists HERE. Parents can also email teachers for a link to recorded sessions. A big thank you to all of the parents who participated and to the teachers for all of their efforts!

Back to School Night Survey

In our efforts toward continuous improvement, we ask that you take a moment to provide us with your feedback on Back to School Night. Your feedback helps make us better!

United Nations International Day of Peace (September 30th)

Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace is one of our most cherished events of the year at SCIS. As a school, UNIDOP allows us to celebrate the amazing diversity of our school community and the positive role we expect our students to play in the wider world. Our school-wide assembly on September 30th will include musical celebrations, student speeches, and of course, our parade of nations. Students are encouraged to come dressed on September 30th in the clothing that represents the nations and cultures they most closely identify with. While we will unfortunately not be able to welcome parents on campus this year due to our health and safety regulations, we will be live-streaming the assembly and working with IT for other ways that parents can participate. We will follow up with more specific school-wide information in the coming week. In the mean-time, please help your child plan what they would like to wear on September 30th to celebrate their national and cultural heritage.

Window into the Classroom

As we are unable to welcome parents onto our campus at this time, we would like to bring the SCIS experience to you virtually. We will regularly provide a gallery of photos representing the student daily experience at SCIS, so parents can stay connected despite our separation. Enjoy!

Announcements

2020-2021 Principal’s Post #3

Back to School Night (Thursday, Sept 17)

We are looking forward to next week’s virtual back to school night. While we are saddened to not be allowed to welcome parents on campus, we do feel there will be some distinct advantages to this year’s format. The virtual format will allow for both live and pre-recorded sessions for parents. All teachers will host live 10 minute MS Teams meetings where they will introduce themselves and provide an overview of their course. There will also be pre-recorded messages from the administration and other important Upper School faculty who will provide a brief overview of the unique programs they support. Parents will have the first 30 minutes to view the pre-recorded sessions, then the live sessions with teachers will begin at 6:00 pm. Parents should ensure they have access to their child’s schedule in ManageBac as the evening’s schedule will follow the same sequence as student schedules (Starting with the first block on Day 1:A and ending with the last block on Day 2:H). Students are encouraged to familiarize parents with their schedules to help orient parents to the sequence of the evening.

Important Back to School Night Information:
Who: Parents are the focus audience (students are welcome to join)
When: Thursday, September 17th from 5:30-7:30
5:30-6:00 Welcome and pre-recorded sessions
6:00-7:30 Live MS Teams session with teachers following student schedules
Where: Microsoft Teams

Tech Tips for Virtual Back to School

Preparing for the Microsoft Teams virtual meeting:

  1. You have two options for joining a Teams Meeting, using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser and visiting http://teams.microsoft.com/ or by downloading the Microsoft Teams App by clicking this link
  2. Sign in with your SCIS parent email account ending in @scis-parent.org. Need help signing in? Contact IT Support at pd-technology@scis-china.org
  3. Visit our online guide https://scis.libguides.com/newfamily/teams which provides a quick video tutorial on joining Teams along with links and QR codes for downloading the app on your phone.

Sports and Clubs Have Begun!

This week we kicked off our After School Activities. Middle School rugby and High School volleyball are in full swing with a great turnout. This week also marked the first meeting of the fall Drama cast and crew and the start of Student Council. At SCIS, we consider our sports program and After School Activities program as an integral part of the student experience. These experiences allow students the opportunity to stretch themselves beyond academics and grow into balanced, well-rounded young adults. Sports and ASAs provide opportunities for students to take risks, bring balance to their lives, and develop their leadership and social-emotional skills. Students also get to know a more diverse group of students and teachers who share their interests. Please encourage your child to participate! Our goal this year is to get as close to 100% participation in at least one sport or club as possible. We would like to thank the parents in advance for their support of these programs.

Office Hours

All teachers hold office hours each week to allow students to receive additional help with their course work. While students may be invited at times to work with a teacher on a specific assignment or to prepare for an assessment, students are encouraged to proactively seek out this time with their teachers. Asking for help is one of the most important academic and social skills our students must learning to be successful. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this important opportunity. If students plan to attend, they should notify their teachers and sign up for the ASA bus with our transportation coordinator Stu Ren or via the online form. Parents of 6th-grade students, please note that students must receive permission from their teacher in advance for grade 6 students to attend office hours during the first semester. Grade 6 students are also expected to inform their parents that they will be staying after school.

Principals’ Post #37

Dear SCIS Families,

As another year comes to a close, we would like to congratulate students on their hard work and achievements this year. As educators, the most rewarding aspect of our careers is witnessing the individual and collect growth of our students over the course of the year. This growth was all the more inspirational given the challenges students faced. We feel that a strong community is the most important condition necessary for students to develop socially, emotionally, and academically to their full potential. We know that strong personal relationships and shared experiences are the bedrock of a strong community. We have always prioritized developing these relationships between all members of the SCIS community. Our community was truly tested this year but we were up for the challenge. These relationships kept us strong through these difficult times. All we can say is thank you. Please check out our family videos goodbye videos HERE.

End of Year Virtual Assembly

Report Cards on ManageBac

Reports will be issued on ManageBac by 3pm today. If you can not access your report card please check your parent email for a message.

Have a great summer!

For those that are repatriating or who are moving on to another post, we would like to wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your lives. You have our deepest gratitude for making SCIS a part of your family. We are happy that the vast majority of you will be returning next year. We wish you a relaxing summer and we look forward to catching up at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Safe travels to all!

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD                   Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal        Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post 36

Only one more week to go! This week students in grades 6-10 finished their final MYP summative assessments while grade 11 Diploma students sat for formal exams in preparation for next year. Over the next week, students will review their exam results and final teacher feedback, and work to wrap up a school year none of us will ever forget. 7/8 Arts students will celebrate the end of the semester with a watch party of their final performance. Scroll down to view it at home and invite your family to watch with you.Students in grades 6-9 will also be completing the NWEA-MAP assessment for the final time this year. Watch for your students NWEA-MAP reports in the report section of ManageBac later this month.

Summer program plans are also finalizing. Unfortunately we have we have only received final permission to the SEC to conduct the first two weeks of our planned summer program. All students and parents that signed up should have received an email notification earlier this week with a link to the summer school course selection form. If you did not receive this form or if you have questions regarding the summer program, please contact our summer program coordinator, Ms. Sculerati at jsculerati@scis-china.org. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students.

University of British Columbia Virtually Visits our SCIS Pudong Campus

This week, grade 10 and 11 students experienced a virtual university visit from the University of British Columbia (UBC). In an interactive and engaging presentation tailored exclusively to our students, high schoolers learned about what it is like to live in Canada and study at one of its most reputable universities, which is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. 

Immediately following the virtual visit, students participated in a career exploration workshop. The workshop followed the framework developed by the Roadtrip Nation, a nonprofit organization that produces a TV documentary series by the same name, in which young people travel around North America to explore a broad range of career paths and interview innovators, artists and industry leaders. The workbook, which can be accessed here, provides an excellent starting point for reflection and discussion about interests, skills and passions, and the ways in which these can serve as guideposts on a journey towards a fulfilling career.

Design Students Serve the School

Students in Mr. Willauer’s Design high school class took on the design challenge of creating acoustic tiles to dampen the sound in Mr. Demas’s music room. Students followed the MYP Design cycle in identifying the problem to be solved, developing their ideas through research, and creating their product. The final stage of evaluating their design will happen once their sound tiles are mounted in Mr. Demas’s room. This is a great example of not only how our students learning can be applied in real life but also who are work can be done in the service of others. Well done, Designers!

Grade 7 and 8 Arts Performance

Graduation Media Page

We have developed a webpage to share the pictures and videos from last week’s graduation. The video from graduation is now available. You can access the GRADUATION MEDIA PAGE HERE.

Return to Campus Web Page

SCIS-PD has developed a web page dedicated to communicated important information regarding our return to campus procedures. This web page includes information regarding the daily health reporting requirements, school safety procedures, and information on how daily routines will be impacted. We encourage all families to review this information closely with your children. The web page can be accessed HERE.

Family Travel Survey

As a reminder, we are required by the Shanghai Education Commission to keep records on the locations of all of our families. Please be sure to update this FAMILY TRAVEL SURVEY if you location has changed since the last time you completed it. Thank you!

Announcements

Technology Support Reminders

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #34

Settling Back into the Rhythm of School

Our return to campus has brought many emotions for staff and students alike. Excitement, anxiety, joy and relief are some of the most commonly used adjectives by staff and students when they describe their feelings about returning to campus. What school would be like after 3 months of virtual learning and a host of new health and safety regulations was the number one question on the minds of teachers and students as they prepared for the opening of campus. In reflecting on these changes as we wrapped up our second week of learning on campus, Ms. Hedderson put it best, “more is the same than is different”. We couldn’t agree more. Laughter and socializing has once again filled our halls and classroom learning picked up quickly where it left off. The joy of just being together has been the dominant theme of our return. The focus on health, safety, and social-emotional well-being does consume significantly more time and energy with our daily health procedures, safety precautions, and extended advisory lessons. However, we have all been reassured by how normal our return to campus experience has been and how quickly our community has adjusted. We are looking forward to next Monday as we welcome back the final members of our Upper School Shanghai-based community.

As always, we will continue to support our students learning face to face and those continuing with virtual learning. We want all of those outside of Shanghai to know that you are as important a part of our community as ever. We will continue to search for new and creative ways to incorporate those students outside of Shanghai into our campus based experience until you are able to join us here on campus. We would like thank everyone for their support and efforts in making our return to campus a success. Thank you!

Grades 6-8 Return to Campus Reminders

We are excited to have grades 6, 7, and 8 join us back on campus this Monday, May 18th. By this point, parents should have already been completing the daily health form which includes logging your child’s temperature. All of the information in this section was reviewed in the Tuesday return to campus meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting you can watch a RECORDING OF THE RETURN TO CAMPUS PARENT ORIENTATION. We are relying on every Dragon family to support the health and safety of our community through these essential measures:

  1. 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 parent’s 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 Friday, May 1. Please report your child’s daily temperature/symptoms using this form until school begins.

If your child does not yet meet these requirements, we will continue to support their virtual learning as long as is needed.

Return to Campus Procedures

  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 Green QR Code (QR Code Procedures Hereto the bus ayi before boarding and must also submit the card and show the green QR code every morning as they enter campus. Students who do not carry their Daily Student Health Card and Green QR Code will not be permitted to board the bus or to enter the school building.
  3. Students must board the busses and arrive to school with masks.  All staff and students are to wear masks for the duration of the school day.
  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 Microsoft Teams.

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.

Summer School

SCIS will be offering a tuition free summer program for students June 15th-26th. There will also be a paid session from June 29-July 24. All Upper School students are encouraged to participate. The final summer school program will depend on the degree of student interest expressed by the community. Summer school activities may include athletics (volleyball, basketball, and soccer), Design, the Arts, robotics, literacy, mathematics enrichment, creative writing, and other activities. If you are interested in participating please be sure to REGISTER HERE.

Design Class Contributes to Social Distancing Education

Students in Mr. Willauer’s Design class were tasked with a timely challenge and that was to design a wearable social distancing device that promotes social distancing guidelines. In order to achieve the highest possible score, students were required to test their social distancing devices in public. Students on campus were required to wear their designs to lunch and students studying virtually were required to wear them in the presence of others as appropriate to their location. While watching students line up for lunch and wash their hands certainly provided some welcomed comic relief, students also provided an important community service by raising the awareness of the importance and realities of social distancing. We would like to thank Mr. Willauer and the Design students bringing a smile to our day and for contributing to our health and safety education efforts. Well done!

Health, Safety, and Social-Emotional Support for Returning Students

Each Monday as a new cohort of students returns to campus we will hold morning advisory training sessions to orient students to health and safety procedures. We will also continue with our adjusted advisory schedule with meetings every morning and at the end of the day in an effort to support our students as they adjust. The foundation of this additional advisory time with students is built on the principals of Psychological First Aid. Psychological First Aid is designed to treat the emotional distress individuals experience during or after a traumatic event. The pandemic we are all experience has taken a toll on all of our ability to be emotionally resilient. Psychological First Aid is Designed to be deliver by non-mental health professionals and primarily involves supportive care, assessment, and appropriate referral. We realize the best support of our students can only be provided in collaboration with families. We ask that you communicate with you child’s teachers, advisors, administration, and our school counselor if you have any concerns or questions.

Return to Campus Web Page

SCIS-PD has developed a web page dedicated to communicated important information regarding our return to campus procedures. This web page includes information regarding the daily health reporting requirements, school safety procedures, and information on how daily routines will be impacted. We encourage all families to review this information closely with your children. The web page can be accessed HERE.

Family Travel Survey

As a reminder, we are required by the Shanghai Education Commission to keep records on the locations of all of our families. Please be sure to update this FAMILY TRAVEL SURVEY if you location has changed since the last time you completed it. Thank you!

Announcements

Technology Support Reminders

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal Upper School Vice Principal

Principals Post 33

Dragons Return to Campus!

We were excited to welcome students back to campus this week for the first time in over three months. Students quickly learned to navigate the new health and safety procedures entering and throughout the building. It was heart warming to see teachers and students catching up in the hallways, classrooms, and the cafeteria after so much time apart. The smiles were obvious, even behind the masks and sleepy eyes of the students readjusting to the school schedule. We would like to thank the staff, teachers, and parents for all of their support in our lead up to this milestone. Most importantly, we would like to thank the grade 10 and 12 students for blazing the trail for the rest of the students in our return to campus.

Health, Safety, and Social-Emotional Support for Returning Students

We will continue to emphasize health and safety along with social-emotional wellbeing as we enter our second week of campus based learning. Each Monday as a new cohort of students returns to campus we will hold morning advisory training sessions to orient students to health and safety procedures. We will also continue with our adjusted advisory schedule with meetings every morning and at the end of the day in an effort to support our students as they adjust. The foundation of this additional advisory time with students is built on the principals of Psychological First Aid. Psychological First Aid is designed to treat the emotional distress individuals experience during or after a traumatic event. The pandemic we are all experience has taken a toll on all of our ability to be emotionally resilient. Psychological First Aid is Designed to be deliver by non-mental health professionals and primarily involves supportive care, assessment, and appropriate referral. We realize the best support of our students can only be provided in collaboration with families. We ask that you communicate with you child’s teachers, advisors, administration, and our school counselor if you have any concerns or questions.

Grades 9 & 11 Return to Campus Reminders

We are excited to have grades 9 and 11 join us back on campus this Monday, May 11th. By this point, parents should have already been completing the daily health form which includes logging your child’s temperature. We are relying on every Dragon family to support the health and safety of our community through these essential measures:

  1. 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 parent’s 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 Friday, May 1. Please report your child’s daily temperature/symptoms using this form until school begins.

If your child does not yet meet these requirements, we will continue to support their virtual learning as long as is needed.

Return to Campus Procedures

  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 Green QR Code (QR Code Procedures Hereto the bus ayi before boarding and must also submit the card and show the green QR code every morning as they enter campus. Students who do not carry their Daily Student Health Card and Green QR Code will not be permitted to board the bus or to enter the school building.
  3. Students must board the busses and arrive to school with masks.  All staff and students are to wear masks for the duration of the school day.
  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 Microsoft Teams.

Return to Campus Survey

If you have questions regarding the return to campus, please share them IN THIS FORM.

Masks and Physical and Health Education Participation

In light of the recent tragedies experienced during PE class in local Chinese schools outside of Shanghai we set out to further explore best practices for keeping all of our students safe. For those of you who may not know, students at the Chinese schools were participating in the mandatory endurance run required for the following school year’s admission application. In an attempt to be safe from COVID-19, both students were wearing N95 masks while participating in this endurance run exam. In response to this tragedy, the SEC has allowed some flexibility on how Shanghai schools can improve their PE programs to allow students to remove their masks as long as social distancing is ensured.

In order to learn more about the usage of masks and their role in PE class we reached out to our long time medical partner and advisor, XpertHealth. Over the past 3 years XpertHealth has provided both our Pudong and Hongqiao campuses with certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) to care for all of our dragon athletes and to provide free consultations for our faculty & staff. On this topic of masks, the Xperthealth recommendation was clear, “No N95 masks should be used during physical activity”.  They state that there is “too much restriction in oxygen intake and CO2 output for any activity level”. When we asked them to share their thoughts on the possible effects of general surgical masks, which are the most commonly used around town, they commented that they would fine for “low to mid level activity, but would recommend to not use any masks for heavy activity,” like the endurance run examinations that took place at the schools mentioned above. In addition to masks, Xperthealth recommended that all teachers be aware of other factors that may have an effect, especially when wearing masks including: the temperature, the humidity, whether the class/event is taking place outdoors vs indoors, pre-existing respiratory issues, etc.

XpertHealth will continue to update us as more information becomes available and further research done. On our end, here at SCIS, we have communicated the following policy to our PE teachers and the entire faculty:

PE classes will continue and students can expect to be appropriately active. Students will need to continue wearing masks as noted on the SCIS faculty (and student) website. Exceptions to this policy will be made by the PE teacher based on their professional judgement according to activity level, weather, and social distancing within the activity.

The safety and wellbeing of all of our students continues to be a top priority for us while providing them the best learning experience possible.

Return to Campus Web Page

SCIS-PD has developed a web page dedicated to communicated important information regarding our return to campus procedures. This web page includes information regarding the daily health reporting requirements, school safety procedures, and information on how daily routines will be impacted. We encourage all families to review this information closely with your children. The web page can be accessed HERE.

Family Travel Survey

As a reminder, we are required by the Shanghai Education Commission to keep records on the locations of all of our families. Please be sure to update this FAMILY TRAVEL SURVEY if you location has changed since the last time you completed it. Thank you!

Announcements

Technology Support Reminders

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #32

Return to Campus Message

Dear Dragon Parents and Students, 

The time has come! We are delighted to confirm we will be reopening the SCIS-Pudong Campus to Grade 10 and Grade 12 students beginning on Wednesday 6 May, with Grades 9 and 11 joining on Monday 11 May, and Middle School ready to join us the following week, 18 May.

As we open the doors of our building once again, our highest priority is the health and safety of each and every member of our community. We are committed to making SCIS a safe space to learn and to work for all Dragons: students and teachers, support staff and drivers, ayis and cafeteria workers…each and every one of us. In order to do so, we have developed a detailed plan based on guidance from the World Health Organization, the Centers of Disease Control of multiple countries, and the local authorities with whom we are in constant communication. We understand that keeping each individual safe will require constant vigilance by the entire community. The “C” in SCIS is more important now than ever before.

We are relying on every Dragon family to support the health and safety of our community through these essential measures:

  1. 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 Friday, May 1. Please report your child’s daily temperature/symptoms using this form until school begins.

If your child does not yet meet these requirements, we will continue to support their virtual learning as long as is needed.

Return to Campus Procedures

  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 Green QR Code (QR Code Procedures Hereto the bus ayi before boarding and must also submit the card and show the green QR code it every morning as they enter campus. Students who do not carry their Daily Student Health Card and Green QR Code will not be permitted to board the bus or to enter the school building.
  3. Students must board the busses and arrive to school with masks.  All staff and students are to wear masks for the duration of the school day.
  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 Microsoft Teams.
  5. All families are asked to review together the safety protocols that will be laid out at the Return to Campus orientation meeting on Monday, May 4th at 3:30pm. Students and parents should attend the presentation together on MS Teams.  It will be posted online after the meeting.  Please use this Campus Orientation Meeting Link to access the MS Teams meeting.  

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.

See you at school!!!

Return to Campus Web Page

SCIS-PD has developed a web page dedicated to communicated important information regarding our return to campus procedures. This web page includes information regarding the daily health reporting requirements, school safety procedures, and information on how daily routines will be impacted. We encourage all families to review this information closely with your children. The web page can be accessed HERE.

Family Travel Survey

As a reminder, we are required by the Shanghai Education Commission to keep records on the locations of all of our families. Please be sure to update this FAMILY TRAVEL SURVEY if you location has changed since the last time you completed it. Thank you!

Announcements

Technology Support Reminders

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal Upper School Vice Principal

Principals’ Post #31

Return to Campus Update from the SCIS Director of Schools

Dear SCIS Parents,

SCIS has received notification that we will begin the process of campus inspections for both the Hongqiao and Pudong campuses tomorrow. We are working with the various authorities (SEC, CDC, Health Bureau, Transportation Dept., etc.) to make sure we will be well prepared for each element of our inspections. We understand that once we have completed the inspection period, we will be given approval to announce start dates for specific grade levels.

We are pleased to be in the position to begin our process of returning to campus learning. We also recognize that we will be going through a very precise structure of regulations that enhance our commitment to the health and safety of our community. Our focus is on meeting and exceeding all requirements for an eventual return to campus. We will share all meaningful updates on our status and appreciate your continued understanding as we move through the next phase of preparing our campuses for an eventual return to campus, welcoming students again. Korean and Chinese translations of this message are available HERE.

Sincerely,
Daniel D. Eschtruth
Director of Schools
Shanghai Community International School
1161 Hongqiao Road, Shanghai, China 200051

Pictures from Today’s Inspection

IB Arts Exhibition Goes Forward Despite Campus Closure

This has certainly not been the senior year any of our grade 12 students expected. Transitioning to online learning and adjusting to the modified requirements of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program has certainly been a challenge. But teachers and students have refused to let these challenges hold them back. One example of a challenge students faced completing their IB Diploma Program remotely has been meeting the requirements of the Arts courses which face unique challenges in the online environment given the IB expectations. Teachers and students alike have demonstrated their resilience and work ethic in finding creative solutions. This past weekend Ms. Whiteside traveled to the Johnson family home to help Izzy Johnson complete the requirements of her IB Exhibition. We would like to thank Ms. Whiteside for her enduring support of the Arts at SCIS and we would like to congratulation Izzy Johnson on completing this capstone experience.

Family Travel Survey

As a reminder, we are required by the Shanghai Education Commission to keep records on the locations of all of our families. Please be sure to update this FAMILY TRAVEL SURVEY if you location has changed since the last time you completed it. Thank you!

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Coronavirus Community Information

SCIS has developed a webpage on our system website outlining the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We encourage families to check this link in order to access important information regarding our current campus closure and our response to the coronavirus. Previous updates are also logged on this site. If there are specific questions you feel need to be added, please email the administration.

Technology Support Reminders

Warm regards,

Frank Volpe, PhD Naomi Shanks
Upper School Principal Upper School Vice Principal