Adaptive Learning

The below details ISY’s plans for Adaptive Learning.  This is where the school is in session but needs to take additional steps to safeguard the community.

Adaptive Learning

 

ISY is happy to share our COVID-19 adaptive learning reopening plan to help our community envision what school will be like when it reopens.

It is important to recognize the plans for reopening ISY’s physical campus for face-to-face alternative learning are constantly evolving. As a result, these plans will constantly be updated as we become aware of new considerations, develop new ideas, and explore new opportunities.

We are currently planning to reopen the ISY campus for school on Wednesday, 19 August. We will look at alternative opening dates if the government does not permit us to open on the 19th. Our plans for reopening are referred to as our COVID-19 Adaptive Learning Reopening Plan, recognizing that we are putting in place special measures and structures unique to the current situation and which are applicable only in the current situation. We have consulted with international health authorities and international schools around the world in developing these plans. Feedback from all staff, students and the community has also been important as we work through the reopening. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

The reopening of ISY will be guided by the following principles:

  • Protect the health and safety of students and staff.
  • Follow any guidelines set out by the Myanmar Government.
  • Provide students with some familiarity of school routines for social/emotional/academic learning.
  • Provide clear expectations for teachers and students during this adaptive learning environment.
  • Maintain a focus on the ISY mission, vision, and strategic themes.

This is an exciting time for ISY as we re-imagine school, learning from the past and preparing for a new future. We look forward to working with you in doing this.

Health and safety guidelines

Sick students

Students who show symptoms of any kind should not come to school or, if at school, will be sent home. These procedures will be applied more rigorously than ISY has been used to in the past. Students with mild symptoms can return to school only if they have been symptom free for 48 hours without the use of medication. If symptoms worsen we strongly recommend medical advice and would encourage parents to look at medical resources giving advice on when to consult a doctor or seek emergency medical care. The CDC offers some useful guidelines which can be viewed here.

Students who have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID19 should stay at home and be guided by Health Authority Instructions.

School Nurse’s Office

  • A pass from the nurse will be absolutely necessary in order to return to class.

Two-meter distance

  • Two-meter markers will be placed before classroom doors.
  • Students will be separated by two meters (6 feet) throughout the school day both in the class and when transitioning to/from recess and PE.

Cleaning of buildings and classrooms

 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations on the exterior of all campus buildings.
  • Banisters, door handles, light switches, elevator buttons etc. will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the housekeeping staff.
  • Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the housekeeping staff.
  • All rooms will undergo deep cleaning at the end of each day.
  • All rooms will be disinfected with UV light on a 3 day rotation cycle.
Blended learning plan

We are very pleased to offer students not on campus opportunities for blended learning during this adaptive learning situation. Students who cannot attend classes on campus will be able to access similar lessons and activities as their classmates who are at school.  Blended learning will not be similar to virtual learning when the campus was closed instead it will be an opportunity for learning to take place in  parallel to what is happening in the classroom.

Will my child’s classroom teacher be interacting with him or her during blended learning?

Classroom teachers on campus are working with classes. Unfortunately, they are not able to coordinate blended learning or work with students who are not on campus. We realize that students at home may be missing their classroom teachers and classmates and this is understandable.

Who is making blended learning?

We have a caring team of blended learning coordinators.”The Blended Learning Team” will be contacting students and parents with a welcome message introducing themselves. The team coordinates and posts lessons for all students via SeeSaw and Google Classroom. They will take lesson plans designed by the classroom teachers and use them to create student assignments which can be posted online.

Who should parents contact if they have questions about Home Learning?

Parents and students will be able to contact the blended learning team if there are any questions.

Arrival and dismissal expectations

The following expectations and procedures are in place to ensure the health safety and hygiene standards are met:

Arrivals

  • Visitors are not permitted on campus during school hours, 7:45 – 3:15.
  • Everyone must wear a mask to enter or leave the campus. In classrooms students may remove their masks if maintaining social distancing.
  • Temperatures will be taken prior to entering the campus.
  • All movement around and within the building is to happen with the expected 2 meters distance.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are not to be in school if they show any symptoms of illness and must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning.
  • Students are on campus only for the duration of the school day or when they are involved in a scheduled activity.
  • Students may not enter the campus before 7:45am.
  • As students arrive, students must follow the social distancing markings on the entrance pathways, teak steps and side gate, and pathways within the campus.
  • Students who enter the facilities will report directly to their classroom.
    Students enter the campus without parents/guardians with the exception of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten parents who accompany their child.
  • Parents must immediately leave the campus after dropping their child to class.
  • Students will make their way to their classroom.
  • Students must sanitize or wash hands when entering the campus at the turnstiles.
  • Students must adhere to the 2 meter rule when entering and exiting the campus.
  • Students bring only the minimal that is needed and take it all to the classroom.
  • Lockers are not in use.
  • Secondary Students who arrive late must enter using the main entrance and sign in at the divisional office as usual.
  • If a child who is late needs guidance, the School Office can be called and arrangements will be made to pick the child up at the front gate.

Dismissal

  • Each grade will be given a designated dismissal time.
  • Students will be taken to the dismissal area by teachers or released to their designated ASA.
  • Secondary students who walk or bike home will depart from only the side gate.
Entering and exiting the classroom

Beginning of the day:

  • Students will bring all their belongings with them to the classroom, including extra clothing and bags.
  • Before removing any clothing or items from their bags, students must wash their hands for 20 seconds.
  • Students may remove their face masks once they are seated.

During the day:

  • Students must wash their hands at least every two hours as well as before meals, after recess, after PE, after using the toilet or any other time they enter the classroom.

End of the day:

  • Students sanitize their hands when walking through the turnstiles.
  • Students are to depart while wearing face masks.
Class group guidelines

To prepare for adaptive learning, class teachers along with learning support, EAL and single subject teachers assigned to the grade will create groups based on distancing guidelines that will become a ‘class’ for the duration of adaptive learning.

The goal when creating groups of students is to develop well-functioning classes. The divisional principals and counselors will work with teachers to develop these classes.

Use of materials

Classrooms and use of materials

  • Prior to and after class hours, housekeeping will be responsible for sanitizing the classroom.
  • During class hours, teachers and teaching assistants will be responsible for sanitizing classroom and materials.
  • Prior to the start of class all materials will be sanitized by students while supervised by teachers (computers, books, materials).
  • Disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and paper towels will be provided to each classroom.
  • All personal items must be cleaned twice daily. If they cannot be cleaned they should not be brought to school.
  • All toys and manipulatives will be cleaned after school.
  • All soft toys and pillows/cushions/blankets removed from classrooms.
  • iPads, laptops, mice, phones are allowed, however, they cannot be shared.
  • iPads, laptops, mice, phones need to be wiped before and after use several times daily with tech friendly cleaning wipes.
  • White boards and markers will be wiped down after use.
  • Class pencils/pens will be wiped down after use.
  • Scissors/glue sticks/rulers will be wiped down after use.
  • Other art materials i.e. pastels etc. used, cleaned and then packed away.
  • No play dough/plasticine/clay.

Classroom libraries closed to elementary. Instead:

  • Pre-K to Kindergarten: a small selection of books available daily. Once a child has read the book it is packed away and cleaned at the end of the day.
  • Grades 1 to 5: students have their reading book/s which they keep with their other belongings. If it is finished it is then cleaned and packed away.
  • Teachers have a box of books relevant for the day which they use, clean and pack away.
Movement of all people in, out and throughout the campus

All movement of students around and within the building is to be supervised by an adult and adhere to the expected two meters distance. When students are moving around the building, they need to be taught the following expectations. These expectations must then be reinforced consistently by all teachers.

The include:

  • Everyone washes hands before moving to another section of the school.
  • Move on the right when moving up and down the stairs and through the hallways.
  • Stay five steps apart on the stairs.
  • Keep hands and bodies to him/herself.
  • Students must wash hands after using the toilet.
  • Elevators are only to be used when absolutely necessary.
  • Anyone using the elevator must sanitize hands before entering the elevator.
Lunch and snack procedures

All students will eat snack and lunch in their designated classroom.

ISY will use the guidelines below:

  • Lunches will not be permitted to be dropped off either from parents or outside vendors.
  • All students and staff wash their hands after eating snack and lunch.
  • Students sit in designated areas in class or lunch area for lunch. This area will reflect social distancing guidelines.
  • Cleaning staff will use the provided disinfectant to thoroughly clean the tables after students have eaten.
  • ISY will work with food vendors to develop a system of boxed lunches that can be ordered and delivered to classrooms.
Outdoor play

A revised recess schedule will be created to provide safe opportunities for outdoor recess.

Sample Elementary School Recess Schedule

Grade LevelPre-K & KG Grade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
Break 18:45 - 9:009:05 - 9:209:25 - 9:409:45 - 10:0010:05 - 10:2010:25 - 10:40
Break 210:45 - 11:0511:10 - 11:3011:35 - 11:5512:00 - 12:2012:25 - 12:4512:50 - 1:10

Sample Elementary School Recess Area Rotation

AreasMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Block A
Playground
Group AGroup BGroup CGroup DGroup E
Back PlaygroundGroup B Group CGroup DGroup EGroup A
Mud Kitchen /
Field
Group CGroup DGroup EGroup AGroup B
Covered CourtGroup DGroup EGroup AGroup BGroup C
Small field /
Obstacle Course
Group EGroup AGroup BGroup CGroup D

Student expectations for outdoor play

  • Students are expected to adhere to all new procedures so the school can follow the guidelines for health and safety.
  • As per the health and safety guidelines, students must play only with their designated group of playmates.
  • Students must maintain a two meter distance when playing.
  • Students will be able to play on the playground equipment.
Teaching and learning

Teaching

This is an adaptive learning situation. Our goal is to provide students with some familiarity of school routines for social/emotional/academic learning in a school environment. Lessons will be designed to provide practice for consolidating skills and will focus on new learning, where possible. Lessons should be designed to enable students to independently practice the skills taught. Therefore, teachers will use teaching materials, strategies and teaching styles that are familiar to the students.
Homework assigned during adaptive learning will allow students to independently revise what has been taught in lessons.

Schedule

This adaptive learning situation will require adaptive class scheduling. In developing these schedules, student health and safety will be prioritized.

Week without walls

The Week Without Walls (WWW) program for G6-12 students will be modified to eliminate off-campus trips, and will follow the same guidelines and recommendations outlined throughout this “adaptive learning” program. The aim is still to provide an experiential learning experience outside of the normal classroom structure while maintaining social distancing guidelines through avoidance of travel on busses, flights, and shared hotel rooms. More clarity in relation to the WWW program will be forthcoming as the program is currently under redesign.

Athletics and activities

PE Classes

PE classes will maintain regular schedules but with limited class sizes. Classes will be limited to large gymnasium spaces and to the outdoor sports facilities (room 200W will no longer be used for PE). Any sports equipment used in classes will be thoroughly disinfected before and after every class. Lessons will be limited to non-contact, socially-distanced fitness activities and games. Students will be required to wash hands upon arrival and at the completion of PE classes. Hand sanitizing stations are available just outside the gym doors.

After School Activities

We will not begin after school activities until we are confident they can be implemented within health and safety guidelines. Once on-campus activities are permitted to begin, they will follow the same guidelines and recommendations as regular classes. ASA class sizes will be limited based on the activity and the size of the available classroom or meeting area. In order to limit contact with non-staff and to prevent additional personnel from being permitted on campus, ASAs will initially only be offered by ISY faculty and staff. Outside vendors and non-staff instructors will not be permitted on campus. ASAs will include academic, art, service learning, and music classes. In addition, sports ASAs will be limited to non-contact, socially-distanced activities.

Athletics

We will not begin athletics until we are confident they can be implemented within health and safety guidelines. Season 1 sports normally include MS basketball, HS soccer, HS volleyball, MS/HS swimming, HS golf and HS cross country. Sports seasons are established by the SEASAC for HS sports and by the Yangon Athletic Conference (YAC) for MS sports.

SEASAC member schools have made the decision to completely cancel the SEASAC boys and girls soccer and volleyball tournaments for Season 1. SEASAC golf and cross country are primarily niche sports in which individuals specialize year-round (golf) or participate in other sports at the same time and compete to build fitness (cross country), therefore they will be rescheduled for Season 2 or Season 3 if possible.

If it is possible to open the ISY swimming pool, the swim team may be able to hold limited practice sessions as well (see below). These sessions would be limited to MS/HS teams only.

 

Swimming Pool

According to the CDC, COVID-19 cannot survive in properly chlorinated swimming pools. ISY will open the pool as soon as possible following the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

Fitness Room

The ISY Fitness Room will be available daily but the number of users/hour will be limited. The space will be thoroughly sanitized every morning before school, at midday, and again at the end of the school day. Antibacterial “gym wipes” for workout equipment, along with antibacterial hand stations will be available in the fitness room at all times.

Suggestions for faculty to maintain socially distancing

Working and collaborating together will look and feel different. It is likely to be awkward and certainly will take getting used to. In addition to following the guidelines for moving around the building, please use the following guidelines:

  • Staff must wipe down their computer, iPad, mouse, etc. several times a day.
  • Staff will use online meetings as much as possible, such as Zoom, Google Meets, etc.
  • When working in the same room, staff will adhere to the two meter distance guidelines, spread out in meeting rooms, and wash hands before entering the room and after leaving the room.
  • Use of staff rooms is allowed only if adults wash hands when entering and exiting the staff room and apply social distancing expectations.
  • One person (adults and students) at a time is allowed to use the elevator.
  • The elevator passenger must sanitize hands before entering and after exiting the elevator.
Staff illness

Staff who show symptoms of any kind should not come to school or, if at school, will be sent home. These procedures will be applied more rigorously than ISY has been used to in the past. Staff with mild symptoms can return to school only if they have been symptom free for 48 hours without the use of medication.

If symptoms worsen we strongly recommend medical advice and would encourage staff to look at medical resources giving advice on when to consult a doctor or seek emergency medical care. The CDC offers some useful guidelines which can be viewed here.

Staff who have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID19 should stay at home and be guided by Health Authority Instructions.

Useful Links

Videos

 In this UCSF Medical Grand Rounds presentation (May 21, 2020), UCSF experts provide an update on COVID-19, and talk about prospects for treatments and vaccines.  They also highlight emerging evidence regarding how the virus is affecting children. The session is hosted by UCSF Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter.