Mandatory School Closing Sparks Innovation
Bavarian International School launches innovative Virtual School Project
The Bavarian International School is taking advantage of the Bavarian government´s mandatory school closing to deploy its Virtual School Program for the the next five weeks through the end of the Spring Break. School leaders and staff have been working diligently to fine-tune the extensive details required to support 1,200 students from ages 3-18 in virtual or "distance learning". Protecting the health of students, their families and staff remains paramount throughout.
"The health of all members of the BIS community and their families is, of course, our top priority," says Dr. Chrissie Sorenson, school director and executive board of BIS. "As we protect the health of the members of our community, we are committed to supporting the continuing education of our students through a wide range of online methods.”
School leaders have been tracking the success and studying the models of schools already closed in regions such as Japan and South Korea. "With our strategic focus on innovation," says Dr. Sorenson, "we are uniquely prepared to turn this most challenging crisis to advantage." Teachers plan a range of both online and offline activities for students, mixing in physical activities designed by the physical education department.
"It will be absolutely essential," continued Dr. Sorenson, "that we actively involve parents to provide the best possible support for their children." Together with the BIS senior leadership team, she has developed a 10-point plan for families. Daily routines and a pleasant, quiet home environment support deep learning, and the BIS culture of open communication and feedback ensures that the students' concerns and fears are taken seriously. In general, the well-being of the students is the main focus.
Photos: John Schnobrich (Unsplash) & Sebastian Stiphout (BIS)
About Bavarian International School:
BIS is a non-profit institution with two campus locations (Haimhausen and Munich-Leopoldstr.). 1,200 children and adolescents from 56 nations between the ages of 3 and 18 attend the recognized IB World School including kindergarten. As one of only two international schools in Germany, BIS offers all four IB programs. The IB DP average result of 34.3 (worldwide: 29.7) illustrates the high pedagogical standards. 210 employees work at BIS, including 170 teachers from 29 nations. The holistic educational focus is on the individual development of each child under the motto "Believe. Inspire. Succeed".