Update February 18, 2021
Greetings members of the ISS Community,
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy in these interesting times. Here at ISS, we continue to strive to maintain our day-to-day learning and operational goals as well as remaining committed to our strategic plan, which we call the Future of Education.Now. We do this because our investments last year and this year, focusing on “people, programs and place,” have proven to have worked well supporting distance and online learning.
But in these ever-changing times, we need to plan for the future…for at least two-week blocks as we comply with evolving regulations.
At the end of last week, the Kultusministerium (KM), our Education Ministry announced a new series of possibilities for students to re-enter school. However, the details are still unclear and so we will continue to operate in alignment with our specific agreement reached with the KM last spring.
This means that we will be providing the following for the next two weeks beginning this Monday, February 22:
- All of the 12th grade returns to the Degerloch campus for onsite learning beginning on February 22
- Partial re-entry of 10th grade on the Degerloch campus for onsite learning as of March 1
- All of the 10th grade in Sindelfingen returns to campus for onsite learning on February 22
- Primary Students (Grades 1-5) on both campuses will begin a bi-weekly rotation of onsite and distance learning on February 22. Please see our portal site for detailed information on clusters and staggered entry and exit information.
- All Early Years and Kindergarten students on both campuses will return on February 22, without rotation
- Emergency Child-care for K- Gr5 children of essential workers remains in place on both campuses
- The Emergency Child-care will be grade-level mixed and therefore, in its own cluster. Children in Emergency Child-care need to be in that group full-time and will not be able to join their own classes in week A or week B, as this would involve mixing clusters. They will be supervised in school and can participate in Distance Learning rotations if they bring their own iPad or laptop. Sign up needs to be 2 full days before starting. There are limited placements available.
- The school will not be providing any Extended Day possibilities.
We look forward to seeing students back in school,
Learning still at the core of all we do
Since August 2020 ISS has successfully operated an onsite school that has had all staff and students in school learning together in segregated class clusters that met all official regulations. Masks were required for all Upper School students and staff but our Lower School students were allowed to learn and work in a more normal classroom environment where they were strictly separated from students outside of each particular class.
As of December 18th new regulations were put in place and these regulations were further revised on January 8, 2021 requiring our school to shift into our highly successful “distance learning” program for all grade levels on both campuses. This portal site allows us all a common location for specific policy and practice information and is a reflection of how we remain prepared to maintain a balance between best practice instruction and a healthy and safe learning environment.
Of course health will always remain our top priority but until we can return to onsite education, ISS is a school where “Learning continues.”
The links below provide further information from local agencies.
Alternative Programming for Covid-19 Circumstances
Depending on the current situation, we have prepared for extenuating circumstances that require us to respond accordingly. We have developed the following two policies to support the community in understanding our response and the related conditions and expectations.
As of February 22, both policies are being implemented, depending on the grade level and situation.
Distance Learning Policy (School Building Closure)
The policy and guidelines apply to the following situations:
- Short (1-2 school days) or long-term closure (more than 2 school days) where all faculty, staff, and students are not able to be on campus.
- Short or long-long term absence of faculty and/or students, who are not ill, due to emergency circumstances.
From the date of closure or absence, faculty and students will have two working days to prepare for implementation.
In the event of any school closure, the International School of Stuttgart will provide distance learning education for its students. The continuity of learning will be aligned with the school’s Vision, Mission and Philosophy, as well as through the PYP, MYP and Diploma program expectations of the International Baccalaureate.
online synchronous learning policy (School Onsite)
The ISS learning statement ‘Learning at the core of all we do’ is at the heart of our response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Informed by our Distance Learning policy, the Online Synchronous Learning policy bridges our belief in the importance of learning in person and on campus, to local regulations and expectations for student safety.
The purpose of the policy is to describe the expectations, procedures, and supports that have been implemented to support those few students unable to attend our school in person for specific medical reasons.
Our current emphasis is on our in-person learning program but we are also providing access to our classrooms in a synchronous manner and will expect students utilizing our Online Synchronous Learning system to maintain communication through our school approved software and learning management tools in the same manner as our in-person students.
The following guidelines apply to the COVID 19 Pandemic Response for the current school year 2020-21.
The guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated by the school’s Leadership, Academic Council, and ICT teams in accordance with changing governmental regulations.