The model Al Basma will adopt for school reopening.
Grade 9 to 12 will attend school full time from August 30th 2020.
Nursery to G8 will attend school five days out of 10, Wednesday to Tuesday in two alternating groups and will have online lessons on the alternate Wednesday to Tuesday.
eg for Nursery to G8
Group A will attend sunday 30th August to Tuesday 1st September
Group B will attend Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd September plus Sunday 6th to Tuesday 8th September
Group A will attend Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th September plus Sunday 13th to Tuesday 15th September
Group B will attend Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17th September plus Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd September and so on
All Group A children will return to school on the 30th August and all group B will return on 2nd September providing they have completed a 14 day quarantine if they have travelled overseas and that they have a negative Covid test result.
Distance learning will commence for Group A on 2nd September and Group B on 9th September so that students can be taught how to use the platforms and Apps in school before they use them at home. Support materials will be provided for parents before distance learning starts for their children's group.
School staff who have travelled overseas will complete a 14 day quarantine before returning to school and all school staff will undergo the required covid test before returning to school on the 30th of August.
More details will be issued by ADEK regarding testing and quarantine requirements for children and staff soon.
Half of each homeroom class will be in each group.
Siblings will all be in the same group so that they will all attend school on the same days to support working parents.
Class sizes will be a maximum of 13 students.
Students will be taught as a homeroom class for all subjects to minimise mixing.
Buses will operate at a maximum 50% capacity. As a result bus journeys will be shorter and all buses will arrive before 7.30 am daily.
Parent drop off will begin at 7.35 am daily for all grades.
Currently the plan is for school to begin at 7.50 am for grades 3 to 12, at 8.00 am for grades 1 and 2, 8.15 am for KG1 and KG2 and 8.25am for Nursery. Times are subject to change prior to opening and after an evaluation of week 1 operations.
Grades will have different drop off and pick up points.
All entry points for students and staff will be monitored by thermal and facial recognition cameras.
Nursery to G1 will finish school at 2.15pm.
G2 to 12 will finish at 2.35pm.
English, Maths, Science, Arabic, Islamic, UAE SS lessons will be videoed as they take place in school.
Videos of the lessons that take place in school in the above subjects, plus the teaching resources and tasks for these lessons will be posted on Google Classroom for G3 to 8 and Seesaw for Nursery to G2.
All other foundation subjects and practical lessons such as Art, History, Music, DT, Moral Education, Drama, Computing, Geography and French will take place on the days when the children are in school to support children balancing workload and screen time whilst on distance learning.
We will monitor workload for distance learning and if suitable G3 to 8 children will be set a task to complete whilst at home following on from the face to face lesson in foundation subjects.
Initially all practical PE lessons will be online in accordance with ADEK guidelines.
Engagement with all lessons on the allocated e learning days is compulsory. Lessons will follow the same plan for children at home and in school. Therefore engagement with all online lessons is necessary to ensure continuity of learning. As lessons progress and build on each other through the week children who do not engage with online lessons will not have the prior learning required to access the lessons on their days in school
Additional support will be provided for weak and vulnerable students on their distance learning days.
The small groups on face to face school days will accelerate progress and enable teachers to identify and address gaps in knowledge due poor or inconsistent engagement with distance learning during term 3.
Class bubbles will be maintained throughout the day. Movement protocols will be in place including a one way system to ensure bubbles do not mix or interact.
Each grade will be allocated to a cluster to maintain the class/grade bubble.
Each child will have an allocated seat in the classroom and bus.
All lessons will take place in the homeroom except practical lessons where specialist equipment is required to meet the learning objective e.g. Computing or DT or when conducting an experiment in science.
Sharing resources or use of a specialist classroom such as a computer room, DT or a science lab will be kept to a minimum. When it is required for G3 to 12, full sanitisation will be implemented before and after use by another class.
Classrooms will be reorganised to accommodate the 1.5m social distancing requirement.
Students in Grade 1 (Y2) and above will be required to wear a disposable mask before entering school and must have a spare mask, antibacterial wipes and sanitiser in their bag.
School caps with attached face shields will be made available for parents to purchase for students in nursery to KG2 (FS1 to Y1)
Students can only enter through their grade's designated entrance and cannot drop off or collect siblings.
Only one adult should accompany children for drop off and pick up.
Students should bring as little as possible to and from school daily.
Small essential stationery packs in a wipeable pouch will be included in the book packs and should be kept in school with all books on face to face days. They will be sanitised daily as part of the daily sanitisation protocol. Books will remain in school at all times.
Students will have their temperature taken before entering the bus and will not be allowed to board the bus if their temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees. An adult must wait with the child until they have taken their seat on the bus in case they are not allowed to enter due to a temperature.
Children should not attend school if they have any symptoms or a temperature.
Isolation rooms have been set up in school, manned by two qualified nurses.
Children with a temperature above 37.5 degrees or displaying symptoms will be taken immediately to an isolation room.
According to the guidelines issued by the authorities children should be collected from school within 30 minutes of school alerting parents that their child has a temperature and/or symptoms and is in isolation.
Parents of children who have a health issue which makes them vulnerable should contact Mr Mo to discuss a personalised pathway.
School has undergone deep cleaning and fumigation. Buses will undergo the same before use.
A strict programme of daily sanitisation protocols are ongoing during school closure and will continue to be carried out daily in school and on buses in line with guidance once school reopens.
Further details regarding whether your children are in group A or B, pick up and drop off points, timetables for face to face days, expectations for e learning days, break and lunchtime arrangements, bus arrangements, hygiene and H&S expectations and sanitisation protocols will be sent to parents in the coming weeks.
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school.