Policy, Guidelines, & InformationThe Learning Continues
2020/2021 School Year
Dear Members of the ISS Community,
I am happy to say that we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow to work within the comfortable guidelines recently released over the weekend.
There is no need to complete our health declarations for tomorrow but testing as we have administered it last week will occur tomorrow when we all arrive. Those vaccinated or recovered are exempted.
Look forward to seeing everyone on both campuses for our final few weeks of school.
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.”
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.
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.