Teaching and Learning
PSI will align the learning model to the assessment of risk at any given time. The chart, and descriptions on the next page explain the various scenarios.
On 19 August campus will reopen in the Blended Learning with a Modified Schedule model unless Kyiv is designated as a red zone.
Health and Safety Risk Factors in Kyiv
Depending on the epidemic situation in the region, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (CMU) sets ‘green’, ‘yellow’, ‘orange’ or ‘red’ levels of epidemic risk of the spread of COVID-19. These levels will be determined by the decision of the State Commission on Technogenic and Ecological Safety and Emergencies (SCTESE) and posted on the official governmental portal dedicated to COVID-19. PSI has created a model which aligns to these regulations and incorporates its own health and safety factors.
Possible Learning & Teaching Scenarios
EC3 = Early Childhood Age 3
G1 = Grade 1
G10 = Grade 10
MYP = IB Middle Years Programme
DP = IB Diploma Programme
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Additional details for Orange Zone / Blended Learning with Modified Schedule
Organization of Learners
All students are placed in small learning group cohorts, to limit intermixing between students. Each of these learning group cohorts is classified as either Blue or Yellow, which determines the days and times they will be on campus as seen in the tables. Siblings will be in cohort groups of the same colour. Families will be informed of their Blue / Yellow classifications by 14 August. In this modified schedule, Wednesdays are half days.
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Structure of Supported Independent Learning (SIL), whilst at home
The day after learning in face-to-face mode on campus, students will continue their learning from home. Whilst at home, students will be supported in a number of ways, including the following:
A clearly articulated Learning Plan, explained to the students whilst on campus, will outline expectations and engagements / tasks that occur both on- and off-campus.
Daily connections with the entire homeroom (Primary School) and Advisory (Secondary School) will occur each morning to allow for various types of support and social connection
Additional language classes in all grade levels, and Grade 9-10 maths and arts classes will meet for synchronous learning with their teacher via Zoom
For students enrolled at PSI, but not able to attend classes on site, a dual delivery system is in place. Learning will be available to all enrolled students regardless of the reason they are not on campus. Learning will happen remotely, with opportunities to join classes virtually, review recorded lessons, and engage in asynchronous activities. Teachers will conference with students on a regular basis.
Similar to the usual classroom setting, there will be instructional, independent work, and collaborative work times. Instructional time will be recorded so that it can be viewed at a time convenient to the student. Please note that a full day of synchronous learning experiences is neither healthy nor effective, and does not reflect the real school experience.
Dual delivery is a temporary solution to our current situation. Please note that this is not a chance for families to plan vacations or extended trips. It is intended to enable us to help students move forward with their learning whilst taking the precautions they feel necessary for personal health or inability to get to Kyiv. Upon full return to campus, dual delivery will be phased out.
Note: All enrolled students, whether they are on campus or off, are expected to start the school year on 19 August. If, for any reason this is not possible please contact the relevant principal: Primary - firstname.lastname@example.org; Secondary - email@example.com.
Continuity of Learning in All Models
The general consensus across the international school community is that, during the next school year, there will be a need to switch between the various models due to changing health and safety conditions. Thus it is vital that PSI is well prepared for all of the above-mentioned scenarios.
We are best prepared for the new challenges if we remain flexible and adaptable; able to move between one model and another as the situation dictates. All of the models offer, in different ways, the high quality, learner-centred experience for which PSI is known.
Whilst operating in Blended Learning with Modified Schedule (Orange Zone), students will learn within a small cohort. This small cohort will be expanded to include an additional cohort once we enter the Yellow Zone. A Low Risk situation, will enable cohorts to combine to create classes as per pre-Covid-19 organisation. This approach will help us to maintain cohesion of learning and social connections irrespective of all learning modes:
Detailed learning plans for all classes, will be easily accessible on an age appropriate platform
Each student will have regularly scheduled one-on-one, and / or small group meetings, with their teachers