As I sit down to write this Weekly Eagle message, my last one as your Superintendent, I look back on this unique school year with nostalgia, sadness, and concern, but also with pride, hope and optimism.
ASFM Hybrid Learning Hub
COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Policy
HYBRID LEARNING SCENARIO
All employees and families are asked to read and abide by this community commitment. By continuing your employment with ASFM and/or by agreeing for your children to participate in the on campus Hybrid Learning Scenario, each employee and parent accepts the responsibilities and possible consequences within this commitment.
ASFM is committed to implementing health and safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our school community while prioritizing the safety of our teachers, parents, and students, as well. Our school staff will be following the recommendations of the state and federal authorities, as well as international recommendations from experts.
We are committed to balancing the need to provide a safe school environment with students’ developmental needs to socialize and develop a love of learning so that the predominant climate of our school remains positive and stress-free.
Students represent approximately 82% of the ASFM Community, therefore, we need your help! We can’t do it without your support. To that end, ASFM has created this COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Policy to ensure that we are all working as a team to keep each other healthy. We have the great fortune of being a responsive, dedicated, and caring community. By following these precautions together, we can decrease the chance of transmission and keep school open to serve your family.
ASFM On Campus Safety Measures:
Out of great respect for each employee and their personal assumption of risk, we commit to the following precautionary measures:
• Daily temperature checks
• Close monitoring of symptoms and isolation of symptomatic individuals
• Increased use of outdoor classroom spaces
• Social distancing (1.5 meters when feasible)
• Increased hygiene signage and hand cleaning supplies
• Teaching good hygiene techniques - especially proper hand washing routines
• Enhanced sanitation routines
• Face coverings/masks
• Non-essential visitors not permitted
• All off-campus field trips cancelled until further notice and when conditions allow
• Use of our DLP 2.0 mode for large group meetings
Family At Home Safety Measures:
The following guidance is requested for each family to the greatest extent possible. Please read and provide your consent and support.
I acknowledge and understand that participation in school activities or programs at ASFM during the COVID-19 pandemic presents certain risks beyond ASFM’s control, and which may exist regardless of whether ASFM controls or attempts to control such risks and even if ASFM exercises the utmost care in trying to prevent anyone from getting injured or sick.
To show our support and help the school community reduce the chance of transmission, our family commits to the following precautionary measures:
In public spaces, all members of our household commit to the following:
• Increased social distancing
• Minimizing close contact conversations to less than 10-15 minutes
• Wearing face coverings/masks when social distancing measures are not available
• Monitoring for symptoms, or self-quarantine if chance of exposure, after international travel or domestic travel to an area experiencing widespread community transmission
• Hand sanitation after contact with high touch surfaces
• Hand washing during or after public activities
At home, all members of our household commit to the following:
• Monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19: such as fever or chills, runny nose or congestion, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, cough, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and refrain from sending a child to school if anyone in the household has these symptoms.
• Reporting to the school doctor when there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our family.
• Disclosure and self-quarantine when known direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
• Being mindful of travel choices, especially over the three weeks before returning to school.
Acknowledgement of Risk & Personal Responsibility
I/we acknowledge that I/we have freely chosen to enroll my/our child/children at American School Foundation of Monterrey A.C. (“ASFM”) for the 2020-21 school year. I/we understand that the school has taken reasonable precautions to protect parents, students, and staff from exposure to COVID-19. I/we further understand that despite those precautions there is still some risk of exposure.
I/we understand that ASFM has an insurance policy for all students with GNP (insurance company) for injuries or accidents occurring in any programs or events organized by the school, or during their presence in school premises. I/we am/are aware that this insurance does not cover any COVID-19 related expenses. Therefore, I/we accept full responsibility for all medical expenses for any injuries or exposure my family might receive by reason of my/our child’s/children’s attendance. I/we further acknowledge that my/our child’s/children’s attendance may expose my/our family to COVID-19, and I/we assume any such risk, thus releasing ASFM and all its agents from liability.
I/we also agree that by attending ASFM, our family will fully comply with all such measures out of respect for the safety and health of the teachers and larger school community. I/we agree to take all reasonable safety precautions when in public spaces outside of school.
- Will students who have traveled internationally be required to quarantine, provide evidence of a negative COVID test, or proof of vaccination prior to attending school?
- How will the national stop-light system impact the school’s mode of delivery of instruction?
- What health and safety protocols will ASFM utilize to support the wellbeing of students and teachers?
- How will the school respond to a positive COVID case within the school community?
- When will parents and students receive the detailed information about their classes and teacher assignments?
- What are preliminary learning activities and are students required to attend?
- Has ASFM incorporated a micro-school strategy into the planning for the 2021-2022 school year?
- Will ASFM continue to offer any tuition rebates for the 2021-2022 school year?
- Will ASFM offer school athletics and activities during the 2021-2022 school year?
- Will ASFM provide the materials for activities that are to be completed during the non-school attendance day or if the school has to return to distance learning?
- As ASFM is utilizing multiple school day schedules, how can ASFM support families with transportation logistics and support the mitigation of traffic and the environmental impact of potentially multiple trips to campus each day?
- Will ASFM provide technology for students who require it to connect for their home learning day or in the event that ASFM returns to a distance learning program?
- How can parents provide feedback about their experience with Hybrid and Distance Learning Programs?
- Will ASFM offer a fully virtual learning option for families that do not want their children to return to face-to-face learning?
- How can I stay informed of the lessons and activities that my child has to complete?
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Message from Dr. Sascha Heckmann
Message from Mr. Sheldon Guenther
We are just 3 short and very quick weeks away from closing out the most unique school year any of us have ever experienced. While we are longing for a well-deserved summer break we need to draw on our energy reserves to fuel our endurance to successfully reach the “finish line” on June 17.