I write to you now regarding how to begin to prepare for the return to school under our Hybrid Plan B, keeping in mind the criteria regarding social distancing, hygiene and mask wearing. As masks will be worn by all in school until further notice, we ask that your children adopt the habit of wearing a well-fitting and properly protective mask with which they feel comfortable. They will need to have a mask in reserve, hygienically packed, when coming to school.
Changes to the school day under our Hybrid Plan B will be as follows:
To accommodate our enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule, as well as minimise the risk of virus transmission, there will be a thirty minute break after each 90 minute segment of (2) class periods. During these three breaks at specific points in the day, which focus on the need for fresh air and ventilation, children will go outdoors with teachers, always maintaining social distancing. They will be able to eat their snack/lunch which they will have brought with them to school. It will not be possible for lunches to be brought in by parents, carers, drivers, etc.
It will be a good time to plan with your children, the types of snacks/lunches that will be appropriate to carry to school each day and the type of reusable containers/thermal or insulated bag that will be needed. These items must be labelled with your children’s names, as well as the large water bottle/flask which should keep them hydrated throughout the school day.
Although swimming and tennis lessons will not be held until further notice, physical activity will remain an important part of the school day. We ask that you provide your child with an exercise mat (labelled) to bring to school on Games lesson days. (Exercise mats are sold at sport stores, Erevan and others.)
In the Information Letter of 21st August 2020, we asked that your children be equipped with a functioning device (laptop or tablet) and that a reliable internet connection be available at home for remote learning sessions. The next update will address further aspects of in-school and at-home learning under our new model.
School re-opening under the pandemic is indeed sensitive and complex. Upon the return of our children to school, we are aware of the emphasis which will need to be placed on socio-emotional support. When that is well addressed, academic advancement will surely follow.
I thank you in advance for your collaboration and cooperation and remain available to answer any questions.
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