Our Teaching and Learning programme will be based on the level of risk currently determined by the local authorities, following the four levels/Traffic Light structure. The School is currently operating on YELLOW light.
Here are the possible Learning Models for the School Year 2020-2021, depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 in Austria and the instructions received from the Austrian authorities.
PLAN A: REGULAR SCHEDULE/ ON-SITE LEARNING
Our goal is to open the School at full capacity (on Friday, August 28 for new students and Monday, August 31 for all). This plan is only possible if there are no government or other restrictions on our ability to operate the School, and will be dictated by the Traffic Light structure and the status of the COVID-19 in Austria.
PLAN B: ADAPTED SCHEDULE/ ON-SITE AND ONLINE LEARNING
This is a combination of the Regular Schedule (Plan A) and Distance Learning (Plan C). It is a solution available to us if or when needed to respond to different scenarios.
- This approach may be required if the government mandates closures or occupancy restrictions and only a portion of our students are allowed on campus at one time. Using a variety of methods (e.g. technology, sending materials home), students in class and at home can participate in the programme. The strategy here is to alternate between in-person and distance learning as needed, hopefully for limited periods of time, with only those affected.
- Another example for an adapted schedule is, if there is a positive COVID case within a class, the students who were in close proximity to the individual would be moved to distance learning for a quarantine period and until those impacted are tested, symptom-free, and able to return to school. Only the impacted class(es) or students would be temporarily moved to distance learning, while the rest of the school would continue with on site learning.
PLAN C: DISTANCE LEARNING/ ONLINE LEARNING
If the School will be instructed by the Government to fully shut down due to a high risk of infection, we will implement a redeveloped Distance Learning programme. Using parent, student, and teacher feedback as our guide, we will continue to teach our students via the model we launched last year, exploring new lesson formats, finding ways for small student groups to collaborate, reviewing and perfecting the accountability and assessment models, and sourcing technology tools to serve every student.
Exceptions may be considered for the following students: students in risk groups (defined by the Ministry of Health), living with someone who is in a risk group, students with chronic diseases and students with psychological conditions. Upon providing the Medical department with a medical certificate confirming the above, the School will work to accomodate the Distance Learning needs of these students.