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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Notice of school closure

As you may be aware, the Minister of Health has instructed all schools to close on Friday 20th March 2020 as part of the national effort to control the spread of the virus causing COVID-19. International School will be complying with the Minister's instructions and will, therefore, be closing its campus to students as follows:

Wednesday 18th March Normal school with students on campus.
Thursday 19th March Normal school with students on campus.
Last day on campus for students.
Friday 20th March Preparation day for teachers.
No students on campus.
Monday 23rd March
onward
Distance learning for all students.
No students on campus.

The above schedule does not apply to students in Year 11 and Year 13 who are scheduled to write mock exams and, ultimately, final exams. We are working with the ministry to see how to proceed with these students.

In addition, all non-teaching activities are also cancelled until further notice. You may read our original announcement concerning this here.

While our campus will be closed, our school will very much be open using distance learning methods. We are committed to supporting all our students in completing the curriculum during the period of closure. At present, it is not known how protracted this may be.

Our distance learning will be provided along the following lines: Upper primary and above will be based primarily on Google Classroom with some video support; early years will be using a mixture of platforms including Education City, Seesaw and printed material. Additional services, such as Mangebac, will also be in use. I expect this to increase as we move forward with distance-learning. In any case, students will need access to computers and the internet at home.

I would like to thank all students, parents and teachers for their support and forbearance at this time and to recognize our board for their support and guidance.

13 comments:

  1. This is a timely decision which is well-noted. Prevention is certainly better than cure. Distance learning offers the best plausible teaching option bearing in mind the circumstances we are in currently. We in this together and we shall overcome 🙏🏼

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  2. Wise & timely decision indeed.Thanks.

    What about the mock test for Yr 10 students who are apprearing for Maths papers this year?

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    1. We are working with the ministry to see how to proceed with mock exams and will include Year 10 mocks in that process. Thanks!

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  3. Thanks a lot. Will wait for next communication.

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  4. We have noted the information.

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  5. Any info of reopen. Secondly how the students clarify their doubts

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    1. Hello - we will be doing online learning and, as of now, it is not clear how long we will be closed. Thanks!

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  6. noted with thanks. I look forward to further updates on the handling of year 11 and 13 who are writing mocks and preparing for finals.

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  7. Thank you so much for the info!

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