Updated: Tuesday 12 May
As you may have heard in the press conference conducted by the Minister President and the Education Minister of Bavaria on Tuesday, 5 May 2020, the government is now arranging a gradual return of students to face-to-face instruction in schools.
MIS is well equipped to welcome students back to campus and maintain required hygiene standards. We have installed 30 hand-disinfecting stations around campus. We have extensive outdoor areas where students can comfortably maintain social distancing while relaxing and playing during breaks.
Who will return when?
Here is the provisional information about which MIS students will return to face-to-face instruction in the next weeks:
Monday, 11 May 2020
- Grade 11
- Grade 4
Friday, 15 May 2020
Grade 12 students will finish their examinations and will no longer come to school.
Monday, 18 May 2020
The following grade levels will now definitely return on Monday, 18 May 2020:
- Grade 1
- Grade 5
- Grade 9
- Grade 10
Also returning next week
The Bavarian government additionally informed us that we must bring back the following grade-levels as soon as possible. We will release more detailed information as soon as possible:
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 8
Continuing with distance learning
The following grade-levels will remain in distance learning mode until further notice:
- EC 4/5
- EC 5/6 (probable return on Monday, 25 May)
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
Please understand that this is all still provisional, and can change if the government's directives change. We will keep everyone updated as quickly as we can.
How will the return to school look?
We will conduct full days of instruction. Unlike many other schools, where shorter days will be instituted, MIS will conduct full days of school following our customary daily schedule.
Not all students will attend school every day. In Grade 11, all students will have instruction on campus every day. In other grade levels, classes will often be subdivided into a "White" and a "Blue" group. The groups will attend school every other day. This will keep the size of the groups small and will increase the likelihood that we can maintain social distancing and hygiene practices. We will endeavour to place all children in a single family into the same group (either White or Blue). This will also reduce the number of students travelling in our school busses, which will enable better distancing between students during transport. Specific school bus information will be sent separately from the Transportation Office as soon as the planning is completed.
Everyone on campus must wear masks. Simple cloth masks that cover the nose and mouth are sufficient. When students are seated in their classes and sufficient distance between students can be reasonably guaranteed, then they can remove the masks. Masks will be worn at all times when social distancing may not be possible. If you have trouble purchasing masks, you can contact the office of the head of school (email@example.com) and we can direct you to some MIS families who are providing a range of different masks for sale.
The cafeteria will not open. Instead, Il Cielo has worked with us to establish a bagged lunch option for students. Parents can go to the Il Cielo website and order from a varied selection of sack lunch options (including sandwiches, Buddha bowls, wraps, etc). These packaged lunches will be delivered to students at appropriate locations on campus. Lunches must be ordered on the Il Cielo website by 6.00pm on the day before the lunch is to be delivered. Please visit the Il Cielo website to order lunches: https://www.ilcielo.de/en/customer/private-schools/munich-international-school/
Maintaining hygiene standards
All students, employees, and visitors must follow all posted signs and instructions. Some hallways in some of the buildings on campus will now be "one way only". This will decrease the likelihood of students congregating in hallways and coming into close contact with one another. All people on campus must also wash their hands frequently, maintain social distancing, and wear their masks when in public spaces. We ask for your understanding that we will send students home (ie call parents to pick their children up) if they refuse to comply with these new regulations. We have a responsibility to ensure reasonable safety for all students and employees, and this means enforcing new and sometimes inconvenient regulations that contribute to increased safety.
Obviously, as teachers return to face-to-face instruction with their students, they will no longer be able to conduct videoconferences and post custom-made materials in our distance learning portals. We will still endeavour to provide some materials for students who are unable to return to school. But the distance learning programme will wind down and take on very different forms as teachers spend their days supervising and teaching students face-to-face again.
The school calendar will remain the same. We will have "Blue" and "White" days (Principals will share details), but our planned days of school and days of vacation will remain as published. The final day of the 2019/20 school year will still be Friday, 26 June 2020.
We are excited about the return of our students to our campus! We have missed our interactions with our students very much. However, we also take our responsibility to maintain high standards of hygiene and safety very seriously. We very much appreciate your support and patience as we re-start instruction on campus with significant new measures in-place to protect our children, their families, and our employees. The school Principals will be sending additional, specific information in the next few days to families with children in their school sections.