Corona Update

In accordance with official guidance DIS is planning for a return to campus starting on May 18.

Preschool
Opens again on May 18.

Primary School
May 18-20 & 25: Grades K5, 3, 4
May 26-29: Grades 1, 2, 4, 5

We do offer child care (from 8:30 until 16:30) for those classes who are not on campus.

June 2 on: All PYP Grades (K5-G5) back on campus
After School Care available for Grades on campus until 16:30. Families need to register.

Secondary School
The Grade 11 pattern of attendance will continue after Monday 18 May until the end of the school year. Our Grade 6-10 students received a new schedule beginning on June 2. This schedule allows us to get all students onto campus for the maximum of time whilst remaining within the guidelines of social distancing, which are so important at this time.

Only students in permitted classes are allowed to enter school campus. Parents are not permitted onto school campus. Visitors are permitted under certain circumstances and in compliance with regulations. 

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

On May 18 we welcome students back to our school and preschool campus. 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. The return to the DIS campus is also guided by the principle to protect the health and safety of students and staff. Please read our hygiene and physical distance agreement that needs to be signed by parents and students (if possible)!

Preschool and PYP parents also need to complete daily the health certification so that their child can enter school. 

Continuous Learning

Our off-campus continuous learning started on March 18. 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.

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 will contact parents and students via class website, Seesaw, Google Classroom, email and Managebac. 

 

The DIS Community Online Learning Hub

In the last two weeks 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

With the reopening of the Preschool and Primary School on May 18, we are again offering child care for those classes who are not on campus and After School Care (ASC) until 16:30 on both campuses.

If you want to register your child/ren, please contact Evelyn Balsamo for K5 to Grade 4 only or Alexandra von Hessen for Preschool classes via email.

School News

Corona - FAQ

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 Eleonor Wallace 
Email: ewallace@dresden-is.de 

 

Primary School Counsellor

Ms Sarah Louise Lamswood
Email: slamswood[at]dresden-is.de

Social distancing means that we’re all spending a lot more time at home and not going out to things like movies and museums. Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t experience a little travel, and maybe a little culture, from your home computer. Check out this:
 

 

Admissions

Although campus is closed, the Admissions Office remains available for inquiries via email and will continue to process applications and provide admission decisions. During this time all visits to campus are canceled. If you already have a visit planned, please contact our Admissions Officer, Katrin Schreiber, to reschedule your appointment.