Policy, Guidelines, & Information

The Learning Continues

2020/2021 School Year

April 20

Dear Community,

I wanted to share with you the latest information at the end of today.

Degerloch / Stadt Stuttgart
The new Baden Württemberg Corona ordinance (Corona Verordnung) has come into effect on Monday but the city of Stuttgart only acted on the rule yesterday. This means, after the requisite two days after publication, we will not be having on-site school on our Degerloch campus for grades Early Years through Grade 9 starting Thursday, April 22. These students will continue with our Distance Learning program. Grade 10 will continue with the previously published on-site rotation schedule. Grade 11 will continue its presence on campus as previously announced as well. Both classes have been exempted from the incidence rule. Testing and mask requirements will continue to apply.

We will be offering Emergency Day Care for grades EY-Grade 5 and would require sign up by tomorrow afternoon. Parents, please see your Veracross portal for sign up as per usual.

Sindelfingen / Kreis Böblingen (This has since changed!)
Kreis Böblingen remains below the critical incidence rate. Therefore we expect teaching and learning to continue this week as published in the newsletter. Testing and mask requirements will continue to apply.

We will keep you informed and updated but for now, I simply want to continue to share my admiration for the good spirits and extraordinary work.

Take care,

Tim

General Covid- rules for Germany

The German government passed a new part of the infection protection law which is called the

“Federal Emergency Brake”.

This is so we have the same rules all over Germany, but each federal state could decide to have more strict rules.

What are the measures of the emergency brake?

If a city or district exceeds the corona incidence of 100 for three consecutive days, uniform nationwide measures apply there from the day after the next day.

An overview:

Private contacts: a household may meet with a maximum of one other person, but only 5 people in total are allowed (children up to 13 years of age are excluded)

curfew: from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; however, it is allowed to be outside alone until midnight

School: Alternating classes and Corona tests twice a week (in case of an incidence above 165, home-schooling again, day-care centres will be closed)

Retail trade such as supermarkets: limited number of customers depending on size

Other retail: For incidence up to 150, “Click & Meet” is allowed with negative test and protective mask, above 150 only click&collect

Sports: Outdoors, maximum two persons or persons from own household allowed; non-contact group sports (5) for children up to 13 years of age allowed; coaches need a negative test (from an official test centre)

Culture and leisure: closed

Services: Medical services, hairdressers as well as chiropody (both only with test) allowed, wearing of FFP2 mask mandatory

Catering: closed – only pick-up and delivery services permitted

Home office: obligation to offer home office if operationally possible.

Public transport: FFP2/ KN95 masks mandatory in trains and on platforms.

If the seven-day incidence falls below 100 or 165 on five consecutive working days, the measures will cease to apply there from the day after next.

In the case of incidences below 100, the individual federal states continue to decide on measures.

How to do a self-test

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, and currently we are in various phases of re-entry. 

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.”

Overview of Baden Wuerttemberg regulations as of March 8:

Further Resources

The links below provide further information from local agencies.

RK Institute

National Health Institute

City of Stuttgart

Coronavirus site

Kultusministerium

Baden-Württemberg

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.