The first student band fest held in Nuevo Leon took place on Tuesday, April 5 at the Instituto Regiomontano, after two years of no band activities at all.
ASFM Hybrid Learning Hub
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present the most serious public health crisis the world has experienced in generations, our ASFM educators (with the wonderful help of parents) are doing an amazing job meeting the needs of our online learners from grades Nursery through 12. As we prepare for a possible transition from our DLP 2.0 to a Hybrid Learning Scenario, we must use a pathway for reopening our campus safely with the health and wellbeing of our entire community in mind at all times.
If and when we receive the authorization to open in a Hybrid mode, we will do so over a gradual 3 week period and in a way that meets the needs of our learners and of our community. The ASFM Hybrid Learning scenario is guided by the assumption that a vaccine will not be available for another 6-18 months, which means ASFM needs to be able to respond quickly to circumstances in its own school community as well as to conditions in Mexico. As we prepare for this possible transition to a Hybrid Learning mode, we know we may need to close it again with very little advance warning. This means ASFM must be prepared to “toggle” between different learning scenario models designed to fit a variety of circumstances and drivers.
As was clearly stated within the Roadmap 2.0, our potential transition to a Hybrid model of learning is completely dependent on the State of Nuevo Leon’s authorization and stoplight system. As we all know, based on State regulations, all schools are still under restricted conditions and as such we will need to continue with our DLP 2.0 until further notice. Only with a GREEN light from the state will we be able to begin our transition to the Hybrid Learning scenario.
Please note that specific details of any and all parts of our Hybrid Learning Scenario are subject to change at any moment based on the decision making drivers mentioned below.
Thank you for your trust and dedication.
Dr. Michael W. Adams
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.
- Ongoing Guiding Principles
- Learning Scenarios Planning Team and Process
- Ongoing Drivers for Decision-Making
- Hybrid Learning Scenario Definition
- General Elementary Hybrid Characteristics
- General MS Hybrid Characteristics
- General HS Hybrid Characteristics
- Nuevo Leon StopLight Authorization Process
- 3 Week Window of Precaution & Transition. Explanation and Rationale
- Student Learning Cohorts
- ELEMENTARY Daily Student Schedule for on-campus Learning
- Middle School Daily Student Schedule for on-campus Learning
- High School Daily Student Schedule for on-campus Learning
- Nutrition and Food Consumption
- Campus Access and Transportation
- Elementary Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
- MSHS Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
- Mitigating Risk: Health Services, Campus Safety and Security
- Health Screening System
- Quarantine Guidelines and Expectations
- Social Distancing and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
- Positive Covid-19 Test and Contact Tracing Procedures and Protocol
- High-risk Students and Staff
- After School Activities
- COVID-19 Community Wellbeing Policy
- Non-educational Services
- Important Reminders
- Frequently Asked Questions
This week, 5F students learned about inclusivity. Thanks to the Values Committee, our students found out ways in which they could be includers, no matter our gender, nationality, beliefs, race, hobbies, etc.
Una de las tareas más fascinantes como maestro de español es acercar a los alumnos a la literatura y debo reconocer que también es una de las labores más desafiantes.
Open-mindedness is at the root of the MUN Program in our motivating philosophy—which is embodied in our motto to “Make It Happen”—and the corresponding actions that we take.