Dear KIS Families,
This week has been a challenging one. I want to thank all of you who were able to join our Community Chat. We will plan on having these more frequently to keep everyone updated on the situation and answer questions.
The emotions have been very high around the school, and I know that many people have felt very uncomfortable with some of the choices presented to them. As I mentioned earlier this week, due to the security recommendation from some Embassies, we are also allowing staff to leave Ukraine and go to a temporary location. We currently have 25 teachers who will be out of country and connecting online. We have several KIS families who are also leaving and so this week has also been difficult for students and classmates.
Hybrid for Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary All divisions will be implementing a Hybrid system for those who are either outside of Kyiv or at home because of COVID to connect to their classes. You will also receive separate messaging from each division of your child(ren). If you have Preschool/Elementary children, this will come via SeeSaw.
Bell Schedule: 8:10-3:35 (Kyiv time zone)Please note, that we have not shifted to an online learning schedule, because we are still on campus. We ask that students join as much as they can but understand anyone in Preschool and Elementary may have some limitations.
Some general guidelines for hybrid learning:
- Students who are not on campus will be able to connect with the class from a distance. Elementary will be using SeeSaw and Zoom for their Hybrid system, while Middle School and Secondary use Microsoft Teams.
- Students still able to come to campus should attend class as usual. Those connecting online will have received instructions on how to connect to the class or classroom. Students should connect to class as they normally would. Middle School and Secondary students have already been doing this for COVID-related reasons.
- We ask that students be independent and responsible for their schedules and be to class on time. Younger students may need more support with this.
- The most important thing is to communicate with the school and teacher. Older students can do this on their own using their school email accounts.
- Some specific guidelines will come from each division.
Communicate with the School Please keep us updated with your family's plans. This helps us know who to expect on campus each day.
Counselor Team at KISMrs. Ohlinger, Ms. Zoromski, and Mrs. Rech all remain available to meet with students. They will be checking in and reaching out each week to make sure they are visible and available. If you feel like your child would benefit from meeting with one of our school counselors, please don't hesitate to contact them.
COVID-19The city has left it to individual schools to make the decision whether to shift to online learning or not. We intend to keep following our protocols and policies as we navigate through this next wave. We hope to have students at school for face-to-face learning as much as possible and do not plan on closing the campus unless we are instructed to do so by the city or we no longer have enough staff to operate.
We hope to keep the campus open as long as it is safe for students and teachers. We also hope to run all the same classes and activities we normally offer. For those able to come to school or connecting from a distance, we want you to still feel a part of the KIS community.
Thank you for your patience this next week, as we make some of these adjustments.
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- 100% of staff are vaccinated.
- Following new vaccination guidelines from Ministry of Health for schools.
- Placing CO2 monitors in all classrooms as spaces.
- Most of the vendors that come to the school campus are vaccinated; the ones who are not, go through PRC tests at KIS nurse's office and only after getting negative result are admitted to students.
- Students and Staff take rapid antigen test before competitions with other schools.
- Air purifiers, sensor water stations and hand sanitizers are easily accessible for students and staff to use.
- Several confirmed Covid cases at KIS this week: 5 staff and 10 students.