Worldwide, governments and independent schools have announced a range of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, declared by the WHO on March 11th. The government and international schools have acted preemptively to maintain public health and create as stable a learning environment for students as possible. Unlike distance learning experienced by previous generations, continuous learning blends online applications, live synchronous classes with classroom and special subject teachers, and independent work completed by students. Teachers are able to maintain close relationships with students and balance their academic, social, and emotional growth and wellness, providing individualized feedback and support daily. Students and faculty at YIS regularly use many of the applications and communication platforms that support continuous learning online. YIS has been preparing for this scenario for several weeks.
As a member of International Schools Services, YIS is able to leverage best practices as international schools around the world address the COVID-19 crisis in different countries. The move to online continuous learning follows several weeks of YIS following strict temperature screening protocols, cleaning procedures, and travel declarations required to enter campus. Parents and faculty met and discussed several possible scenarios to maintain student health and the well-being of the entire community, including the decision to cancel large group activities and events starting from February.
Preparations for continuous learning online have been undertaken to minimize the effects of campus closure. Guidance counselors and support specialists remain available to students and families. The school’s business and admission offices remain open. YIS has prepared virtual tours for parents in Yangon and abroad. The enrollment process has been moved online. All visitors to campus will need to follow the travel declaration, temperature screening, and cleanliness protocols currently in place and considered international best practice by schools around the world.
As a leader in international education in Yangon for sixteen years, YIS recognizes the importance of building a culture of learning throughout the school community. Teachers, students, parents, and school leaders all recognize that technology is an incredible tool that comes with its own challenges. YIS leadership plan to survey regularly parents, students, and faculty to ensure that lessons learned from continuous learning are implemented in meaningful ways. The school believes that students learn best when they have teachers who embrace and demonstrate learning, themselves.
Credit : Myanmar Time News