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.
  • Reduce the number of interactions students have with adults and reduce the number of interactions students have with other students outside of their classroom groupings.
  • 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.

Starting Schedule
At the start of the school year, the Elementary School will attend school everyday as normal. The Secondary School will have a staggered schedule with some Grades coming in on one day and other Grades coming in on the next day. The students who are in the Grades that are not in school on a particular day will have assignments given by their teachers to complete at home. This schedule will be in place until ISY is confident that the safety measures we have implemented are working and effective. After that time, all students will attend school everyday as normal.

Options for learning

ISY wants to support our students with their learning during this difficult period and is providing learning options to support students who are able to join us when the campus reopens physically on August 19, as well as those who plan to join us at a later date. There are a variety of options available for different age groups.

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten & Grade 1

  1. Physical participation in school – This option is available for students who are able to join us on August 19 and physically participate in school with social distancing and mask wearing according to our guidelines.
  2. Chinthe Learning Online – This is a distance learning option in which students receive weekly assignments and move through them at their own pace, with options for extended learning. New assignments are posted weekly. Students who choose this option do not work with their normally assigned classroom teacher. Instead, a coordinator will be available to meet at established times to provide support.
  3. Delayed starting option (Pre-K and Kindergarten only) – This option is available to students who do wish to start on August 19. They will instead join one of the above two options on October 26. Tuition will be prorated based on the later starting date.

Grades 2-10

  1. Physical participation in school – This option is available for students who are able to join us on August 19 and physically participate in school with social distancing and mask wearing according to our guidelines.
  2. Synchronous Learning (Grades 2 – 10 only) – This option is available for students who are not able to physically join class on August 19. These students will participate in the ongoing class activities virtually while class is taking place.  Assignments will be posted using Google classroom. This option works best for students who are in a similar time zone to Myanmar.
  3. Chinthe Learning Online – This is a distance learning option in which students receive weekly assignments and move through them at their own pace, with options for extended learning. New assignments are posted weekly. Students who choose this option do not work with their normally assigned classroom teacher. Instead, a coordinator will be available to meet at established times to provide support.

Grades 11 & 12 (IB)

  1. Physical participation in school – This option is available for students who are able to join us on August 19 and physically participate in school with social distancing and mask wearing according to our guidelines.
  2. Blended Learning option – This option is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning with students participating in class virtually, or accessing recordings of the class. Assignments and recordings will be posted using Google classroom.

Please note that there are some technology requirements for students wishing to enroll in the Chinthe Learning platform. These and our general technology requirements can be read here.

More information on the above learning options will be available on June 25. We will also hold an informational chat to address questions on June 29.

Health and safety guidelines

Mask Wearing:

We suggest masks be worn while traveling to and from school.  In addition, masks will be worn at the follow times:

  • Upon arrival to and departure from school.
  • While moving around campus.
  • When entering and exiting classrooms.
  • Anytime it is not possible to practice social distancing.

Students will be taught how to look after their masks properly by their teachers in their homeroom classroom, as well as through designated clinics conducted by our health staff. There will also be posters around the campus, and videos on school monitors reenforcing these practices. A useful resource for proper use of masks can be found at this World Health Organization page. Special bins for the disposal of medical or clinical masks will be placed around the school campus.

Social Distancing
In general, ISY students and staff should maintain a distance of 6 feet away from each other. If that distance cannot be maintained for any reason then masks must be worn. Where activities can be conducted and students can be 6 feet away from each other, masks can be removed. Classrooms are set up with desks set 6 feet apart from each other. While seated at desks, masks can be removed. Initially, all teachers and teacher assistants will have to wear masks or face shields anytime they are working with students or students are in the classroom. When engaged in group work, masks must be worn.

No more than 4 people may be in a  bathroom at one time.

The only exception to the social distancing rules are for Pre-K and Kindergarten students who will not be asked to socially distance while in the classroom and do not have to wear masks while in the classroom. The evidence we have at the moment suggests that children of this age almost never catch the virus and social interaction is key to their development. The teacher, though, will always be wearing a mask.

Hand Washing and Hygiene
Additional sinks for handwashing have been purchased and have been placed at convenient locations for students around the school. Hand sanitizer dispensers have also been installed outside every classroom. Before entering the classroom, students will be expected to either wash their hands or make use of hand sanitizer and this will be checked by the teachers upon arrival. There are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits in every classroom including extra face masks, thermometers, sanitizer and first aid equipment.

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.

Ventilation
Almost all the air-conditioning units that weren’t already replaced last summer have been replaced. The new units have technology that deactivates 99% of bacteria, viruses and mold. Classroom windows and doors will additionally be partially opened to allow fresh air to circulate.

Cleaning Protocols
The following cleaning protocols will be in place:

  • Daily cleaning/disinfecting of all rooms after school ends. Cleaning/disinfecting will include use of disinfectant solutions and high temperature steam cleaners.
  • UV sterilization of every room on campus on a 3 day cycle
  • During evening hours ozone generators on air purifiers will be run all night.
  • PreK/KG classrooms will be cleaned during every recess with steam cleaners and disinfectant.
  • Teaching Assistants will regularly clean the classrooms. Students will be encouraged to help in this process.
  • All playground equipment will be cleaned/disinfected immediately following all recesses.
  • Throughout the day, housekeeping will continuously clean/disinfect metal surfaces that are frequently touched (i.e. door handles, railings)
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned/disinfected twice daily with bathroom hygiene being actively encouraged by class teachers.

Sick students
Students who show COVID19 symptoms 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 72 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.

Following Myanmar government guidelines, students will be surveyed prior to the start of school about their recent travel history. Completion of the survey will be a requirement.

Arrival and dismissal expectations

School will start at 8:15 and finish at 2:30 for both the Secondary School and Elementary School with the exception of Pre-K who will start at 8:15 and finish at 1:30.

Busing will be in operation from the start of school of the school year. Please note that ISY does not run the busing service. We use an outside vendor called ‘Smart’. Smart have put in place a number of safety measures which can be reviewed here. Please make sure you have read, understood and are comfortable with these measures.

In line with our aim to reduce the number of adult contacts with students, no parents will be generally allowed on campus during school hours. Exceptionally Pre-K and Kindergarten parents may escort their children to the classroom where necessary.

Students will have their temperatures taken on arrival by an automated thermal camera system which was installed over the summer. Any student with a high temperature will be asked to wait for a member of the ISY clinic to determine if they should be sent home.

Students will not be allowed to hang out outside of their classrooms or on the field and courts before class starts but must instead go straight to their classrooms. Teachers will be in their classrooms from 7:30am and students may arrive from that time. Students will not be allowed to stay on campus after school.

Initially, students will not be able to be on campus after school but this will be reviewed every two weeks in line with the launch of our After School Activity program.

Lunch and snack procedures

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

ISY will use the guidelines below:

  • Initially lunches will not be permitted to be dropped off either from parents or drivers but this will be reviewed every two weeks.
  • Lunches will not be permitted to be dropped off by outside vendors.
  • Students can bring their own lunches or order from existing vendors.
  • All students and staff wash their hands after eating snack and lunch.
  • Students will eat their lunch while socially distancing in class and be asked to clean their desks before and after eating.
  • Cleaning staff will use the provided disinfectant to thoroughly clean the tables after students have eaten.
  • Vendors will provide 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. Students that are socially distanced at 6ft will not have to wear masks and will be monitored by teachers.

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
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. Any sports equipment used in classes will be thoroughly disinfected before and after every class. Where activities allow for social distancing, masks will not need to be worn. 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 (ASAs)

Our aim is to start After School Activities approximately 2 weeks after the start of school as we normally do. ASAs 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. ASAs will include academic, art, service learning, and music classes. In addition, sports ASAs will be limited to non-contact, socially-distanced activities.

Athletics

SEASAC member schools have made the decision to completely cancel the SEASAC boys and girls soccer and volleyball tournaments for Season 1.  Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Fitness Room

The ISY Fitness Room will be available daily to students 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.  In line with our policy of minimising adult contact with students the fitness room will not be open to parents initially.  This will be reviewed every two weeks.

 

Library

Due to the difficulties of sanitizing books, the library will be closed while adaptive learning is in place. However, Upper Elementary and Secondary Students can use the online library catalog system to order books that can be brought to their classrooms. Lower Elementary will have a selection of books brought to them chosen by the librarian and the class teacher and rotated regularly. Research & literacy sessions with the librarian will be done in the classroom. Parents can also use the online catalog to order books which will be collected for them on a set schedule and left with the security guards to distribute.

Adults on Campus

Adults will not be generally permitted on campus and especially for the two week period prior to school starting (from July 31st) and for the first two weeks of school. Appointments can be made to visit the administration staff and business office in the B Building only. All adults who are not staff members will have to fill out a self-declaration form every time they come on to campus and must wear a mask at all times. This is in line with our policy of reducing student contact with adults.