Corona Update

The health and well being of students and adults on campus remain our priority. We are managing new hygiene regulations and daily health situations seriously and being as responsive as possible. For this, we require everyone's understanding of the new regulations that we are sharing with DIS community members. A summary of the most recent mask-wearing rules at each division in the school is listed in the section Download Documents. 

If your child or family is concerned with attending school due to possible Covid infection if they are sick, waiting for a Covid test result or has come into contact with a confirmed Covid case, then it is important to share this with the school to seek guidance. In some cases guidance should be provided by the health authority (Gesundheitsamt) with clear advice. However, it is recommended that your child's Principal is contacted first.

Further information on the procedures for dealing with cases of Coronavirus infection in schools are are listed below for your guidance.

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.

Elternanschreiben Stadt Dresden Prozess COVID Infektion Translation-Parent Letter Translation-Process COVID Infection

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 category 1 with an infected person during the past 14 days. Proof of completing a period of quarantine as determined by the Gesundheitsamt  is required to enable students to return on campus (student) or a negative Covid test result (staff).

  • currently shows symptoms (e.g. cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea). 

  • 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 and proof of completing the relevant quarantine period as required by the prevailing health regulations 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).

DIS Hygiene Regulations

Please read the DIS Coronavirus Hygiene Plan which is consistent with the requirements of the Saxony state health regulations for schools (see Downloads). 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 were required to complete and sign another new health form as directed by the Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs early September. 

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.
 

Recommendations for parents are also published in 15 other languages

Please click HERE to read the recommendation by the Saxon Ministry for Education about dealing with symptoms of colds/flu and illness in several languages. 

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