KEEPING EACHOTHER & OUR ESK COMMUNITY SAFE!
COVID-19 & LEARNING
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, the return of schools worldwide will be unlike any other in history. As ESK returns to face-to-face teaching for the 2020-21 Academic year, our priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of our entire ESK community, including students, staff and parents. We are committed to providing the best possible learning environment and experience for our students, both academically and pastorally.
We wish you, your families and communities all the best through these unusual and challenging times. Keep safe!
3 LEARNING SCENARIOS
(School is fully open - in-school learning)
(in school and online learning rotations)
(School is physically closed and remote teaching takes place)
IMPACT ON LEARNING
Due to the current COVID-19 situation and the continuation of lockdowns globally, we recognise that some students are still at a disadvantage. Many are still unable to fly back to Cyprus and others are living with vulnerable family members. However, our teachers are prepared to support these students temporarily learning from home.
We have extensive contingency plans should it be necessary for students to learn at a distance, whether it be due to individual circumstances or in the case of another local lockdown. Three learning scenarios have been planned; face-to-face leaching (where the School campus is fully open), Blended-learning (a rotational in-school and online learning scenario where students will be separated into groups, and assigned a mix of face-to-face and online teaching for the 5 day week) and Online Learning (where schools are physically closed and remote teaching takes place) At ESK, we strive to provide a seamless learning environment and experience for our students. ESK is developing a hybrid, flexible learning program that will enable both in-classroom and online learning.
ESK HEALTH & SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ACROSS CAMPUS
As we navigate the current pandemic, ESK is confident and ready to welcome students back on campus for face-to-face teaching and look forward to a successful school year. A lot of planning and preparation has taken place to ensure your child's education is not interrupted by these unforeseen circumstances.
Around campus, we have introduced new Health & Safety rules and measures around campus, which will become part of our students' everyday lives during this pandemic.
Measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 include:
Strategically placed Hand-sanitizing stations (and reminders for regular and thorough hand cleaning)
Mandatory wearing of facemasks when indoors
Social distancing reminders
2-metre floor markings
Floor signs demonstrating a one-way movement systems
Separated tables in classrooms
Daily temperature checks (including specific temperature stations for each year group and all staff and Thermal Cameras)
Specific entrances and exits have been allocated for different year-groups to minimize crowing. Break and lunch times have also been staggered, with each year group being assigned a different playground area and classroom space, to ensure they remain within their social bubble. We are fortunate to have a beautiful and spacious campus, providing students with the opportunity for outdoor learning and to maximize social distancing.
We are pleased to see that our students and staff have responded incredibly well to these new challenges. This is a fitting testament to our school values, recognizing that as individuals, we each share the responsibility to create a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for our whole community.
You can find further information on this page and on our Facebook page detailing the new Health & Safety measures put in place for face-to-face teaching and all the essential documents to ensure a safe return to ESK.