Please find below copies of letters to parents;
ISS TERM 3 SCHOOL REOPENING
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
On behalf of the Board of Governors and SLT, I extend our sincere appreciation for your support, solidarity and cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult term. As schools across the globe continue to grapple with extended lockdowns and online learning, the ISS school community too has had to make the transition despite various challenges.
We trust that through these times, you and your families are all keeping well and safe.
As eager as we have been to re-open the school and welcome our students back on campus, Covid-19 continues to remain an ever-present threat in Seychelles and globally. Our priority remains the safety, health and well-being of our students, teachers, staff and extended school community during this time.
By adapting and adopting some of the global best practices for re-opening; the school management has been working behind the scenes to ensure a safe return to campus for all our students and staff.
What has changed?
ISS will reopen in Term 3; adopting a hybrid model focusing simultaneously on in-campus and online learning by creating “Bubbles” or “cohorts” for different year groups, for the immediate short term. Teachers will deliver the curriculum “live” for cohorts following online lessons.
Primarily, these “bubbles” have been created to ensure continuity of campus operations and safeguard the health and safety of our students and community; should there be an outbreak of Covid-19 in school. In Primary each cohort will comprise of maximum 15 students per class at any given time on campus that will adhere to the requisite social distancing norms. In Secondary all classes will adhere to the required social distancing procedures.
Face-shields will be provided for all students and staff. It will be mandatory for all students from Y1-Y13 to wear a face-shield or mask.
More details regarding the cohort groups; collection for face-shields will be provided directly to parents soon by respective Heads/Phase leaders/Class Teachers.
Health and Hygiene
ISS has been uncompromising in its efforts to reinforce the cleanliness, health and hygiene standards. The school will be using Ultraviolent-C technology lamps for cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and equipment.
Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the reception and tuck shop; Classrooms and lunch tables have been reorganized to maintain social distancing. An isolation room has been set-up for symptomatic students and the nurse’s station is equipped with rapid test kits for Covid-19.
We reiterate our commitment to take pro-active measures to prioritize the health and well-being of our school community at all times.
Pick Up and Drop Off
Further safety measures have been introduced for pick-up and drop off at school. School start times remain unchanged- but there will be a staggered approach to school closing times between 1320hrs-1530hrs for different year groups. Provisions have been made for families that have two or more children in different year groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
A detailed guide to ISS reopening is attached to this letter with all the relevant FAQs covering Health and Safety Measures, Campus Operations and Student Life. Procedures for Pick Up are outlined separately.
We hope you will find this document informative and useful as the school resumes.
Please review the guide and should you have any further queries or clarifications please do not hesitate to contact the relevant Heads/Phase Leaders/Class Teachers.
The students of ISS have also created a video further explaining our operating guidelines for Term 3 which will be released shortly.
The spiraling spread of Covid-19 in the first quarter of 2021 has affected individuals and businesses alike on many levels. As the economic downturn has impacted businesses, it has equally impacted on the school operations. The devaluation of the rupee; expatriates returning home; increasing cost of supplies; upgrading of technologies and licenses have contributed to a rise in costs that negates any net gains for the term. Ever mindful of our fiduciary responsibility to the school community and to mitigate the financial, academic, medical and legal risks that Covid-19 has presented, the ISS management continues to exercise prudence in its expenditure cutting costs where possible but without compromise on health, safety and delivery of the school curriculum.
All too well, we fully understand that this is a difficult period with many uncertainties still ahead. We remain committed to working with the extended school community to continue improving and delivering the curriculum for the benefit of our students.
We would like to reassure our parents and guardians that the utmost thought and care has been given to the school reopening and reaffirm that your understanding and cooperation remains as vital in Term 3 as it was in Term 2, to make the safe return to school a success.
Thank you for adapting with us in this Covid-19 journey. Although, ISS has been open since the 8th of March for our external examination students, we look forward to safely welcoming all our students back on campus soon.
Last but not least, on behalf of the Board and SLT we would like to wish you and your families a Happy Easter Break.
International School Seychelles
Board of Governors