Our Pathways to Learning

School Year 2020-21

Welcome to 2020-21! To ensure preparedness for the 2020-21 school year, we have plans of action for the following pathways, depending on Ministry of Health and Safety recommendations. 

 

Life under COVID-19 has put schools like BIS at the critical intersection of both public and economic health. Without schools to provide rigorous onsite learning opportunities for the children of workers, any hope of a robust economic recovery is threatened. 

With student attendance in person at schools, on the other hand, comes the risk of further community spread of infection, risking the health of family members and setting back the prospects for economic recovery.

From the beginning of the pandemic, BIS has been guided by the twin imperatives of community members’ health and a commitment to the kind of deep learning experiences for which this highly regarded international school has been known. Answering the emergency call to shift to distance learning last March, the BIS response garnered praise as an industry leader and a model for other schools regionally and globally. In August of 2020, with the scheduled opening of the 2020-21 school year, BIS is poised to continue its role as a leader of schools. 

Our planning for three different scenarios builds on the success of both the full Distance Learning of March-April and of the hybrid onsite/distance learning of the latter part of the last school year. Over the summer, BIS staff have been busy incorporating all that was learned last spring in order to make sure that all scenarios for student learning powerfully fulfill the BIS commitment to “Believe, Inspire, Succeed”. At the same time, we have ensured that the highest standards of safety and health guide our protocols whenever students and staff are on campus together.   

Complicating the challenge, official Bavarian health and education mandates are dynamic and have changed frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure preparedness for the 2020-21 school year, BIS has plans in place for the following three scenarios, depending on Ministry of Health and Safety recommendations. Based on all available current government mandates, BIS will open on August 20 under the Onsite Learning for All Students model. Families will be notified of changes required under any future government mandates, including requirements to shift to either of the other models.

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