The good news about the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Switzerland has brought all our students back to full time learning on campus!
As classes during the first week of June got underway, ICS continued to maintain all the appropriate measures for hygiene that support health and well-being for everyone at our school. With some on campus modifications still in place, we can now look forward to our students being able to complete their year of learning as normally as possible, and we are delighted to be able to welcome all our students back on campus.
In Primary, temperature checks, hand washing and staggered school entry continue to be part of the students' regular school day. In-class seating still supports modified distancing between students and as we return to full class student numbers, classroom layouts have been adapted accordingly to continue supporting health measures. The managed circulation of Primary students around the school is being maintained and staggered break and lunch times will continue as well. As we continue to adhere to our health and safety guidelines, the remaining weeks of the school year will offer our Primary students a wide range of engaging learning experiences, including activities which are different to their usual school experience.
ICS Middle School students in Grades 6 to 9 have also transitioned back to campus very well over the past two weeks, adjusting to routines and adhering to the age-appropriate hygiene and safety measures that will be maintained until the end of the semester. Additional direct teaching opportunities have been introduced for the students and a series of engaging extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities will be taking place for students in Grades 6-9 from Monday 15 June to Friday 19 June.
Our Grade 10 and 11 students were identified by the Federal Office of Public Health as an age group which have greater risk factors than younger students regarding the COVID-19 virus.
To comply with requirements that were shared by the Swiss authorities and to ensure that we continue to safeguard our community, Grade 10 and 11 students also have their temperatures checked when they arrive on campus, and social distancing is still required between students and teachers within lessons and when students are together for extended periods of time outside the classroom.
Grade 10 and 11 students are now encouraged to make the most of the available face-to-face time with their teachers and classmates, and lessons during the final weeks of the semester will ensure the effective continuity of their diploma programme learning.
The ICS community has had to come together in exceptional, mostly virtual, ways over the past months. Now, finding ourselves reunited on campus, we are confident that our students and teachers will maintain the motivation, engagement and support needed to make the final weeks of the 2019-2020 school year a successful and rewarding learning experience for all.