As an organization, Silk Road International School never had to deal with an environment as dynamic as the current COVID-19 situation. The Ministry of Education (MoE) faces the same challenge. This is the current situation and our approach to open school on 24th of August 2020 based on the information at hand directly from the ministry and other sources.
The MoE decided to only allow physical classroom lessons for kindergarten and first grade, since these kids do not yet have reading and writing skills, necessary for online learning.
“We are happy about the decision, that at least the first graders are allowed to come to school.” says SRIS school psychologist Ms. Alina Efimenko. She explains further “This is the phase in which children develop the skill to focus their attention, communication skills and learn accepted social behavior inside a classroom. If this is delayed kids may have trouble keeping up for a long period of time.”
The MoE signaled that they would extend the range of classes allowed in school step by step, based on the current COVID infection numbers. The planned priority is opening grade five, nine and eleven in the next step, since they are important transition or graduation classes. The remaining grades would follow as soon as possible.
For the grades allowed in the school would be split in pods and the lesson would initially be conducted in a hybrid manner. The students would receive standard school lessons on one day and online classes and materials for self study on the alternating days.
To compensate for the missing lessons on the self study days, Silk Road International School would teach on six days (Monday to Saturday), giving each student effectively three uninterrupted days of presence lessons, supplementing them with guided self-studies.
The grades still prevented from coming to school for regular lessons will be trained according to the SRIS online teaching concept.