Corona Update

In accordance with official guidance our school reopened as normal. The school opened on Tuesday 18 August and the preschool on Wednesday 19 August with the normal teaching schedule, student groupings and regular school opening times.

New School Coronavirus Hygiene Plan: in line with the state requirements DIS implemented a new Hygiene Plan at the start of the new school year. This is intended to provide the best health and safety measures in the current public health environment. The new plan was distributed to parents.

Please note that it is not permitted for any staff, student, or visitor to enter the school who:

  • has a SARS-CoV-2 infection,

  • had contact with an infected person during the past 14 days. Proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within the 14 day period would enable a person to enter the school.

  • currently shows symptoms (e.g. cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea). Proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test would enable a person to enter the school.

  • has returned from the countries or regions classified as a risk area according to the Robert Koch Institut (RKI) within the last 14 days. Proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within the 14 day period would enable a person to enter the school. Details on the specific countries or areas defined as risk areas can be found on the RKI website (in German and English - scroll down to the archive section for the English version) using the following link: (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html).

We remain in contact with the responsible German and Saxon authorities. Information displayed on this page will be updated regularly as new data is received. DIS families are recommended to monitor their email accounts for further updates.

DIS Hygiene Regulations

As the school reopens for normal teaching and learning arrangements, please read the attached DIS Coronavirus Hygiene Plan which is consistent with the requirements of the Saxony state health regulations for schools. In doing so our aim is to provide the best possible care for your children and to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Being back at DIS campus is also guided by the principle to protect the health and safety of students and staff. Please read our hygiene regulations that need to be signed by parents and students (Grade 1-12)!

All parents are required to complete and sign another new health form as directed by the Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs. The attached form must be returned by Monday, September 7. Your child's classroom or advisory teachers will collect the parent signed paper copy.

With the beginning of the new school year Preschool and K5 parents need to complete daily the health certification so that their child can enter preschool and school. 

Continuous Learning

Our off-campus continuous learning started on March 18 and ended before the summer break. We are going to use the phrase ‘continuous learning’ because this places the emphasis on all aspects of learning during a school closure rather than just working online. We have an online continuous learning plan for preschool students and students K5 up to Grade 12 in case the school had to close again. 

The goal is to carry on learning, but not necessarily replicate a traditional school day as per the timetable. Students should be able to independently extend their learning with the direction of the teacher and with some parental support for younger learners. Staff contact parents and students via class website, Seesaw, Google Classroom, email and Managebac. 

 

The DIS Community Online Learning Hub

Before the lock down we have been preparing for campus closure and to shift our learning online. Our teachers have been working incredibly hard to create online platforms and ways of learning virtually. We have been collaborating with educators from around the world who have moved to online learning to learn from them and their experiences.

The Community Hub has links to most parts of the virtual school that are currently open and more links will be added over the next few days. It would be good to check it often. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Our team at DIS is well prepared to help and assist if needed.

After School Care

We are again offering after school care until 18:00 at the preschool and school campus.

If you want to register your child/ren, please send an email to:

Primary School (K5-Gr. 5) Evelyn Balsamo

Preschool (1-5 year olds) Alexandra von Hessen

Frequently Asked Questions

The continuous learning supports children in learning through play. Preschool parents find daily activities on the Google class websites. K5 is using Seesaw. Continuous Learning in the Primary School (Grade 1-5) supports children’s development through experiential learning and inquiry. They use Seesaw and Google Classroom. Students Grade 6-12 are using Google classroom and Managebac.

Preschool opened on May 18. School opened on May 6.

We offered emergency care for Preschool students (PK1-PK3/4) and Students from K5 up to Grade 4 during the school closure.

No. All students were told to pick up their material by March 18. After this date no students are allowed on campus except they are registered for emergency care. Please contact your child’s teacher if there is something needed.

Yes, all scheduled educational and community events at DIS during the campus closure are cancelled. Some will be postponed, e.g. PYP Exhibition. 

No, all activities at school and outside of school (e.g. Swimming Club) are cancelled.

Yes, our admissions coordinator is looking forward to answering all your questions and to supporting you. Please contact Ms Katrin Schreiber via email admissions[at]dresden-is.de.

Admissions

Our both school counsellors are looking forward to helping you. Find the details in the section “counsellors”.

Our DIS Community Network is also happy to support our families. Send an email to discommunitynetwork[at]gmail.com

Helpful Tips

We know that this time is causing uncertainty, worry, and some confusion about what will happen and you are thinking not only about your child’s education but also about the world health situation. In times of crisis, it is important to maintain routines and habits for your children. We hope that our online learning platforms will help to provide some structure to your family’s day.

This article from NPR offers some balanced views about parenting during this time of campus closure.

Again, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Our team at DIS is well prepared to help and assist if needed. We are here for you. If you need help, please speak to a teacher, connect through email or hang outs. Let us know how you are doing. Our teachers are here and counselors are around. Reach out to them. 

Secondary School Counsellor: Ms Bonnie Tanz, btanz@dresden-is.de 

Primary School Counsellor: Ms Sarah Louise Lamswood, slamswood[at]dresden-is.de