When the risk level is considered to be low, QSIP will operate our regular daily schedule with increased health and screening practices. In this scenario, we will have all students on campus at the same time. Our plan is to return to this model after the first four weeks of school, beginning September 28. Below is the daily bell schedule that will be used for Model #1:
If QSIP must abide by social distancing restrictions, or the school determines it is safer to maintain such restrictions, we would be able to open our campus but with stricter health measures. By reducing the number of students in classes and restricting the mixing of students across groups, we would not be able to have all students on campus at the same time. In the Elementary, Middle School, and Secondary sections, most of our classes would need to be divided. Each section will use a hybrid model of learning. We will begin school on August 27 using this model, with the goal of switching to Model #1 after the first four weeks of school, beginning September 28.
As it is more difficult for parents to accommodate for Preschool and Elementary students at home, QSIP is committed to having all preschool and elementary students attend school for the majority of the regular school day, dismissing at 14:00.
Students will attend their regular schedule, eat lunch in their homeroom, then participate in specials (PE, Art, Music, etc.) separate from the middle and secondary students who will arrive on campus after lunch. For this, we will utilize separate parts of campus including the gymnasium, the concert hall, the classroom connected to the concert hall, and outdoor classrooms (weather permitting).
Middle School and Secondary students will have an on-site and off-site schedule.
This means that they will attend classes online for the first four periods of the day, following the regular schedule, then on-campus classes after lunch for the final four periods of the day, dismissing at 15:30 (or an optional dismissal at 2:00, explained below). As our older students are more independent, they can more easily navigate such a schedule and connect with the on-site classes from home while also meeting with their teachers face-to-face every other day.
Online and face-to-face classes will rotate daily. For example, Friday, August 28 students will attend periods 1-4 in the morning from home online, then periods 5-8 after lunch on campus. On Monday, August 31 students will attend periods 5-8 in the morning online, followed by periods 1-4 after lunch on campus. There is an option for middle and secondary students to leave campus at 2:00 and complete classes 4 and 8 (Language and PE) from home. All language courses will be through QVS (QSI Virtual School), or through specific national programs (Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, for example) that many of our students take. The first PE unit will be a portfolio unit spanning these first four weeks of school (Model #2) that the students are also able to complete independently. However, we will have supervision for these courses on campus if the students wish to stay until 3:30. See the sample chart below for another example:
|On Campus (or home)||1:58||2:43||7th||3rd||7th||3rd||7th|
|On Campus (or home)||2:45||3:30||8th||4th||8th||4th||8th|
Distance Learning Platforms and Communication System at QSIP
The following Online Platforms support both Distance Learning and faculty/student/family collaboration to ensure a quality student learning experience when planning and delivering remotely:
OFFICE 365 – all staff have email accounts through Office 365 along with a variety of tools to communicate and collaborate. Some tools, such as Teams will be used with students who are also issued school email accounts (10yo-S4).
SEESAW is a platform for student engagement that provides creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio. Teachers can find or create activities to share with students and parents (PreK-11yo).
ZOOM is a virtual classroom platform that may be used by all teachers. This is very easy for students and parents to access, as the classroom teacher simply sends a link via email for individuals to join the meeting/class (PreK-S4).
NEARPOD is a platform of engaging media and formative assessments that make every lesson interactive (PreK-S4).
The Middle School and Secondary program will follow the regular school schedule, meeting with their teachers online the same times as they meet when on-campus.