CDNIS COVID-19 Information

2021/2022 school year

As EDB and CHP requirements may change ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, if there are any changes to the 2021/2022 school year, parents and staff will be notified via email and this page will be updated (as necessary).
 

This page was created on June 15, 2021 and reflects our guidelines and procedures as of that date. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Re-Opening Guidelines & Principles

Safety Measures:

Adherence to Centre for Health Protection guidelines will be upheld, and all possible measures will be taken to ensure the safety of our staff and students on campus.  Such measures will include:
 

  • Mandatory Completion of the Health, Travel, Quarantine Declaration Form prior to entry on campus
  • Mandatory wearing of masks on campus and school buses
  • Daily Temperature Checks for any person before entering the
  • campus
  • Hand sanitising upon arrival for all persons entering the campus and available in all classrooms as needed
  • Re-arrangement of class structure and schedule to limit the number of students on campus
  • Re-arrangement of classroom layout to allow social distancing between students in classes
  • No food or drinks will be available to students on campus. For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and students should bring a water bottle from home.  Students should also bring a small snack from home that will be eaten under the conditions as outlined under the ‘Lunch and Snacks’ section below.
  • Students must leave campus right after their last scheduled class of the day
  • Regular and thorough cleaning of all classrooms and staff and student common areas
  • A separate designated area is set up for students and staff who fall ill during the day.

While the school will take all possible measures to ensure the safety of staff and students on campus, it should be emphasized that parents and students also play a crucial role in monitoring their own health and students should be staying home should they feel unwell.

Dates for Class Resumption

  • Grade 1            : Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Grade 2            : Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Grade 3            : Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Grade 4            : Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Grade 5            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grade 6            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grade 7            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Grade 8            : Monday, May 25, 2020
  • *Grade 9          : Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • *Grade 10        : Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Grade 11          : Wednesday, May 20, 2020

*NOTE:  Grade 9 & 10 students will return to school to sit Ontario Exams only during the period May 21 – June 5

REMINDER:
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IS THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020

Lower School (Grades 1-5)

Lower School (Grades 1-5)

  • All Lower School students Grades 1-6 will be seated in single rows with a “face-to-back” setting, 1.5m apart at all times. Teachers will teach students who are facing one direction.
  • Students may bring a snack from home.  Students should also bring a water bottle.  Water dispensers will be available for water refill.  For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and no food or drinks will be available to students on campus.  Students will eat their snack sitting at their forward facing desk, 1.5m apart, under strict teacher supervision.
  • Materials: To avoid sharing of materials, Lower School Students (Grades 1-6) are asked to bring their own supplies to school in a pencil case that is clearly named containing:
    • 3 (or more) pencils
    • 6 (or more) colouring pencils
    • 6 (or more) coloured markers
    • 1 sharpener
    • 1 eraser
    • 1 small pair of scissors
    • 1 glue stick
    • 1 ruler
    • 1 whiteboard marker
  • There will be no use of shared equipment in specialist lessons e.g. balls in PE, musical instruments, tools, visual art materials.
  • In the tower, there will be a one way system implemented on the stairs using two stairwells.
  • Use of the corridors by students will be controlled by staff in order to avoid congestion.
  • Use of the bathrooms by students will be controlled by staff in order to avoid congestion.

Grades 1 to 5:

  • Grades 1 & 2: On campus classes resume on: Monday, June 1,  2020
  • Grades 3 & 4: On campus classes resume on: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  • Grades 5 & 6: On campus classes resume on: Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Students will attend school for a half-day only
    • Morning Schedule:        8am - 11am
    • Afternoon Schedule:     12noon - 3pm
  • Each homeroom will have half of their students in the morning and half in the afternoon to allow for easy distancing in classrooms and hallways (this means a maximum of 13 students per class)
Morning timetable Afternoon timetable
8:00 to 8:30 Period 1 11:50 - 12:20 Period 1
8:30 to 9:00 Period 2 12:20 - 12:50 Period 2
9:00 to 9:30 Period 3 12:50 - 1:20 Period 3
9:30 to 10:00 Period 4 1:20 - 1:50 Period 4
10:00 to 10:30 Period 5 1:50 - 2:20 Period 5
10:45 Busses Depart 2:35 Busses Depart
  • Homeroom teachers will divide students into morning or afternoon groups
  • Siblings will be kept together for the purpose of travel to school
  • Placement will be sent to parents
  • Parents are not obliged to send their child to school
  • Some streamlined online learning will continue to be posted weekly for Grades 1-6 but Zoom sessions will cease

Upper School (Grades 6-12)

Upper School (Grades 6-12)

  • Upper School Classroom furniture arrangement: Students will sit in a single row with "face-to-back" setting, and teachers will teach students who are facing one direction. Desks will be separated, maximizing the use of space in classrooms to ensure proper physical distancing among students.
  • Students may bring a snack from home. Students should also bring a bottle of water. Water dispensers will be available for water refil. For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and no food or drinks will be available to students on campus. Students may eat their snack as they move from one lesson to the next.

Grades 6, 7 & 8:

  • On campus classes resume on: Monday, May 25 2020
  • Students will attend school for a half-day only
    • Morning Schedule:    7:40am - 10:35am
    • Afternoon Schedule:  11:40 - 2:35pm
  • Each homeroom will have half of their students in the morning and half in the afternoon to allow for easy distancing in classrooms and hallways (this means a maximum of 13 students per class)
Morning timetable Afternoon timetable
7:40 to 7:55 Homeroom 11:35 - 11:50 Homeroom
8:00 to 8:35 Block 1 11:50 - 12:25 Block 1
8:40 to 9:15 Block 2 12:30 - 1:05 Block 2
9:20 to 9:55 Block 3 1:10 - 1:45 Block 3
10:00 to 10:35 Block 4 1:50 - 2:25 Block 4
10:45  Buses Depart  2:35  Buses Depart
  • Homeroom teachers will divide students into morning or afternoon groups
  • Placement will be sent to parents via email
  • Parents may request a change to the Principal only if they are hugely inconvenienced by the timing (i.e. no changes will be made because of friendship groups)
  • Parents are not obliged to send their child to school
  • Lessons will no longer be live streamed but student work will be posted online in the normal manner and students may work independently       

Grades 9 & 10:

  • Students in Grades 9-10 will be sitting exams on campus during the period May 21 to June 5.
  • Exams will take place in the school’s large gym to enable appropriate distancing and will follow the exam guidelines that the EDB issued for the HKDSE exams.
  • Exams for Grade 9 and 10 will be scheduled on alternate days, so the two grades will not be on campus at the same time.
  • All exams begin at 12noon at which time only half of the Grade 7s and Grade 8s are on campus (See Grade 7 & 8 Schedule) and Grade 11s have already exited the campus (See Grade 11 Schedule)

Grade 11:

  • On campus classes resume on: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
  • Students will attend a half-day schedule as outlined below until June 5.
  • Students will be spread across classrooms in the campus to allow distancing in classrooms as far as possible
Grade 11 Timetable
7:45 - 9:10 Block 1
9:20 - 10:45 Block 2
10:55 - 12:20 Block 3
12:30 Departure
2:00-3:15

TOK Class (online)

  • The Grade 11 schedule from June 8-11.  The schedule is a half-day schedule with sessions ending at 12:20.  The goal for these days is for students to complete their major IB Core projects independently under the supervision of their project supervisor.  Students will be spread around the campus to available classrooms in small groups (no larger than 10).

Campus Operations

Travel, Health Quarantine Declaration

All staff, students and visitors will be required to complete a Travel, Health, Quarantine Declaration before being allowed on campus.

Daily Temperature Record

  • Parents/Guardians should take their child’s temperature before going to school.  If a student has a fever (37.5o or higher) , he/she should not attend school and should consult a doctor promptly, apply for sick leave, stay at home and rest.
  • A ‘Student Health Passport’ containing a daily log sheet for parents to record and sign their child’s temperature will be given to students to bring back home on their first day back to classes.
  • For the first day back to class only, parents should write down their child’s temperature on a piece of paper and sign this and the student will need to bring this to school.
  • Parents/Guardians should record their child’s temperature and sign Student Health Passport daily.   Parents/Guardians should also take and record temperatures  during holiday.
  • The Student Health passport will be checked by the bus mom for any students taking the school bus.  Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to ride the bus.
  • The Student Health passport will be checked for all students upon arrival to the campus.  Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to enter the campus.

Campus Entry Points

All staff, students and authorised visitors must arrive at the campus via the designated entrances on the 9th Floor, 7th Floor or the LLAC and undergo relevant temperature and other checks.

No other entry points will be available for students or visitors.

Entering & Exiting the Classroom

Beginning of the day:

  • Students will bring all their belongings with them to the classroom 
  • Cubbies and lockers will not be in use
  • Students must use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom

During the day:

  • Students must wash their hands effectively after using the toilet and use hand sanitizer upon re-entering the classroom
  • Each class will be assigned toilets/sinks to use and they must only use the facilities assigned.

End of the day:

  • Students sanitize their hands before walking out of the classroom
  • Students must take all belongings with them at the end of each day

Lunch and Snacks

  • No lunch service will be provided to students and no food or drinks will be available to students on campus.
  • For hygiene reasons, water fountains will be shut off and students should bring a water bottle from home.
  • Students should also bring a small snack from home that will be eaten under the conditions set for Upper and Lower School Students:
    • Lower School Students will eat their snack sitting at their forward-facing desk, 1.5m apart, under strict teacher supervision.
    • Upper School Students may eat their snack as they move from one lesson to the next.

School Bus Service

Modified school bus services will be provided that will be scheduled to align with the modified school schedule.  Kwoon Chong (KCM) will be in touch with parents directly to provide the updated schedule for those students who have registered for school bus services.  Any queries regarding bus services should be directed to KCM at cdnis@kcm.com.hk or via telephone 2979 8798

School Library

We need to complete this section based on discussions at SLT this week

School Fitness Room

The School Fitness Room will not be available for student use.

School Swimming Pool

The School Swimming Pool will remain closed and not available for use.

Health & Safety Guidelines

Sick Students

Students who show any signs of illness may not attend school.
Please do NOT send your child to school if he or she is showing any symptoms of illness which could be passed onto another child or adult. Such sympoms include but are not limited to

  • Fever (temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher)
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Breathing Difficulty

If any member of the household has symptoms of Covid-19, or if any member of your household is under home quarantine , please do NOT send your child to school.

Students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5 C or higher will be sent home from school.  The School Nurse will call a parent to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child.

Sick Students will be taken and remain at a “Designated Area” outside the LLAC lobby and wait for parents/guardians to pick them up

Students who have developed a fever and/or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to return to school until:

  • They have provided a medical certificate; and are
  • Fever-free and symptoms-free

CDNIS Fever Policy remains unchanged:

Students must be fever free (temperature below 37.5) without medication, and respiratory symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, for 48 hours (Pre Reception to Grade 2) or 24 hours (Grades 3-12) before returning to school.

Action Plan for handling students who fall ill during the school day:

Any student who develops a fever and/or respiratory symptoms during the course of the day must:

  • Let their teacher/supervisor know they are not feeling well and they would like to be excused to see the nurse.
  • Make their way to the closest nurse’s office with the least amount of traffic; use outdoor passageways where possible.
  • The Nurse will provide care and assessment to determine if the student needs to be sent home.
  • The Nurse will call the parents and appropriate Vice Principal/Principal if the student is confirmed to have fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • The Nurse will put on her personal protective equipment and escort the student to the “Designated Area” outside the LLAC entrance.
  • The Nurse will continue to accompany the student in the “Designated Area” until the parent/guardian arrives
  • Transportation pick-up should be arranged to collect the student at the front of the LLAC Lobby. Parents will be advised to bring their child to seek medical advice at the nearest hospital as soon as possible. The car should leave the site immediately after pick-up.
  • The Nurse will follow up with the parents on the student's condition.
  • The cleaning staff will work with the nurse to make sure all areas are disinfected according to the CHP Guidelines.
  • The student who has developed fever and/or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to return to school until they have a medical clearance.

Maintaining a Safe Campus Environment

During the class suspension period, we have thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the campus. 

Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each building entry door.

Bannisters, door handles, light switches, elevator buttons etc. will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the cleaning staff.

Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the cleaning staff.

We have urged all staff members, as well as our services providers i.e.  bus drivers, bus moms, cleaning and catering staff, to step up precautionary measures to maintain personal hygiene and environmental hygiene of the school. 

We will request all staff and service providers who have contact with our students, to take their temperature before going to school.  If they have a fever, they must not return to school.   

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizing

Students will enter school via the 9/F or 7/F entrances, one at a time.  Each grade will have an assigned washroom to use and should only use the facilities assigned.
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
Hand sanitizers are available in every classroom. Upon entering and exiting the classroom students will be asked to use hand sanitizer.

Classrooms and Use of Materials

Sanitizing of the classroom and materials will be done thoroughly on a daily basis by the cleaning staff.
Students will be required to bring their own materials to school to avoid sharing.  A list of suggested materials will be communicated to parents by the homeroom teachers.
Children’s personal toys must stay at home. iPads, laptops and mice are not to be shared and should be wiped before and after use.

Cooperation from Parents

Cooperation from parents and students are important for us to maintain a clean and safe environment.  We call on your support to step up environmental hygiene in the house, and on top of that, implement the following measures strictly:

  • To keep teachers informed of the health condition of students, please ensure you have completed the Health/Travel/Quarantine declaration form prior to your child returning to school for the first day of class resumption.
  • Parents/Guardians should take their child’s temperature before going to school.  If a student has a fever (37.5o or higher) , he/she should not attend school and should consult a doctor promptly, apply for sick leave, stay at home and rest.
  • Parents/Guardians should record their child’s temperature and sign on the 'Student Health passport' daily. Parents/Guardians should also complete the record sheet during holiday.
  • The  Student Health Passport will be checked by the bus mom for any students taking the school bus.  Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to ride the bus.
  • The Student Health passport will be checked for all students upon arrival to the campus. Students who do not produce the passport will not be permitted to enter the campus.
  • Pay attention to the health condition of your child.  He/She should stay away from school and see a doctor immediately if a symptom, especially fever, is detected.
  • To prevent infection, please remind your child that they must wear a mask to school and throughout their time on campus, as well as when taking the school bus. 
  • Parents and students are reminded to observe appropriate social distancing where possible.
  • You are requested to notify the School Nurse immediately in case of any of the following situations:
    • Your child has been confirmed with COVID-19; or
    • Your child has been classified as “close contact with an infected person” with COVID-19
      (In general close contact means having cared for, having lived with, or having had direct contact with respiratory secretions and body fluids of a confirmed patient)

Section A: Whole School

Please take a moment to read Dr. Camblin's updates:

January 2022

The latest COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong has impacted many individuals, including children and their families. For your convenience, we have compiled the urgent and immediate consular assistance information relevant to many of our families. If you don't see your consulate information listed, please email the details to the school and we will amend accordingly.

Australian Consulate (24 hours)
Phone: +852 2827 8881 (in Hong Kong)
Phone: +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas)
Phone: 1300 555 135 (within Australia)
Website: LINK

British Consulate (24 hours)
Phone:  +852 2901 3000 (in Hong Kong)
Website: LINK

Canadian Consulate (24 hours)
Emergency Watch and Response Centre
Email: sos@international.gc.ca
Phone: +852 3719 4700 (in Hong Kong)
Phone: +1 613 996 8885 (from overseas)
Overseas registration: LINK
Website: LINK

Chinese Consulate
Phone: + 852 2106 6303
Website: LINK

French Consulate (24 hours)
Email: informations.hong-kong-cslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Phone:+852 9337 0595
Website: LINK

German Consulate (24 hours)
Phone: +852 2105 8788
Phone: +86 (0)10 8532 9202
(after-hours emergency)
WhatsApp: +852 6236 4608
(after-hours emergency)
Website: LINK

Indian Consulate (24 hours)
Email: consular.hongkong@mea.gov.in
Phone: +852 9077 1083
Website: LINK

Italian Consulate
Email: consolare.hongkong@esteri.it
Phone: +852 9131 5535
Overseas registration: LINK
Website: LINK

Japanese Consulate (24 hours)
Email: infojp@hn.mofa.go.jp
Phone: +852 2522 1184
(after hours the call will be transferred)
Website: LINK

Malaysian Consulate (24 hours)
Email: mwhongkong@kln.gov.my
Phone: +852 6900 6390
Website: LINK

New Zealand Consulate (24 hours)
Email: ons@mfat.govt.nz
Phone: +64 99 20 20 20 (outside New Zealand)
Phone: 0800 30 10 30 (within New Zealand)
Website: LINK

South Korean Consulate (24 hours)
Email: hkg-info@mofa.go.krf
Phone: +852 2529 4141
Website: LINK

Switzerland Consulate (24 hours)
Email: hongkong@eda.admin.ch
Email: helpline@eda.admin.ch
Phone: +852 3509 5000
Phone: +41 800 24-7-365
Phone: +41 58 465 33 33
Overseas registration: LINK
Website: LINK

United States of America Consulate
(24 hours)

Email: acshk@state.gov
Phone: +852 2523 9011
(after-hours emergency)
Phone: +852 2841 2211
Phone: 011-852-2523-9011 (within USA)
Overseas registration: LINK
Website: LINK

Please note that this page is current as of March 18, 2021. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Section B: Lower School

Expectations for All Teaching Staff
Availability

  • Teachers will be available from 7:25am through at least 3:15pm Monday-Friday either from home or from campus (depending on approval by the EDB).
  • Daily class schedules will closely mirror regular face-to-face schedules, and teachers will be available to students during normally scheduled class times.

Attendance-Taking

  • Student attendance will be taken on Veracross by 8:15am each day. 

Response Time

  • Teachers should respond to questions from students and parents within 24 hours during days school is in session.

Expectations for All Students

  • During times of remote learning, it is important that students make deliberate efforts to ensure their wellbeing. Critical to this wellbeing is the development of a routine. A daily schedule that includes time for school, physical activity, socializing (even if online), regular mealtimes and consistent and sufficient sleeping hours is key to maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Ways to maximize the learning experience and promote wellbeing during remote learning. Have a workspace that allows you to concentrate. It should:

  • be in a quiet location
  • be at a desk or table
  • have good lighting

Take appropriate breaks:

  • stretch and move
  • get a healthy snack
  • make the break tech-free
  • If possible, go outside sometime during the day
  • Spend time after school doing something that you enjoy
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Eat healthy meals

Remote Learning
Students are expected to:

  • attend all online classes
  • follow their timetable and join classes on time
  • have their cameras on during classes, unless stated otherwise by their teacher
  • dress appropriately for classes
  • work in an appropriate space
  • stay in their live class for the entire scheduled lesson and if they must leave, they should let
  • their teacher know in advance
  • participate actively in all classes
  • complete work as assigned and meet deadlines for submissions
  • get caught up on work if they are unable to attend a class

Student Agreements and Online Etiquette
As always, CDNIS students are expected to use technology in a positive, responsible, and respectful manner. Online behaviour must always follow the CDNIS Responsible User Agreements: Lower School Responsible User Agreement

For all classroom video communication, the following etiquette should be followed: CDNIS Zoom Etiquette Guide for Students

Attendance
Remote lessons will take place in real time and, in accordance with privacy guidelines, will not be recorded. Students are expected to be fully engaged throughout the lesson. Attendance will be taken and closely monitored. If a teacher wishes to create recorded materials in advance of the lesson and share these with students, they are encouraged to do so. When a student is absent from a class or classes due to illness or other factors, parents must notify the school via the student absence reporting in the Parent Portal.

Expectations for All Parents

The role of parents is critical in remote learning. In order to facilitate a consistent learning environment at home we ask that you:

  • monitor your child’s engagement
  • ensure that your child is following the daily schedule
  • ensure that the tools and environment needed for learning are made available to your child (for example, ensure students have a well-lit, reasonably quiet work space)
  • regularly check in on your child’s progress and work submission
  • allow your child to complete their assignments independently and to the best of their ability.  Parents and individual tutors are to refrain from overly assisting in the completion of assigned tasks. If unsure of what constitutes too much assistance, please consult the teacher
  • contact the appropriate person with any questions or concerns as they arise

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

EY Teachers & EAs
EY1 and EY2 teachers will host daily Zoom sessions to build community and relationships and explain the learning opportunities for students to select from. Examples of these could be a read aloud, cooking instructions, games focusing on rhyming or early number skills, science/art/gross and fine motor engagements, songs and dances. Teachers suggest that parents post one video or picture linked to a learning opportunity each day to Seesaw.  Students will receive audio or video feedback on their posts from the teacher or EA over the course of the week.

EY1 and EY2 will maintain weekly overview templates, which will be communicated to parents via Seesaw. This document outlines all the relevant learning outcomes for the week. It serves as both a collaborative plan and a way for parents to have a record of all learning engagements offered.

Remote learning packs of age-appropriate materials/equipment for EYs students will be compiled and sent home periodically to support the units of inquiry. Essential supplies for completing the learning engagements will be provided by the school for collection outside the campus as necessary. This will help ensure that our youngest learners have access to materials and equipment needed for hands-on, exploratory learning and thus help minimize screen time for this age group.

Lower School Teachers & EAs
Each grade level will maintain a weekly overview template which will be communicated to parents through Seesaw or Google Classroom. This document serves as both a collaborative plan and a way for parents to have a record of lesson sessions.

Each lesson should include learning targets which may be shared weekly or daily, the materials required (if any), submission expectations including how and when to submit work, and estimated time needed.

Where possible, lessons should include opportunities for peer interaction e.g. requiring students to comment on each other’s work or to work collaboratively in a breakout room.

Opportunities should be provided every few lessons for work to be submitted and formative feedback given to students; this feedback could take the form of simple text comments, audio or video messages, or live face-to-face interaction. Teachers can gauge the amount of feedback required in order to enable modification of lesson structure moving forward in line with understanding, as it would in a face-to-face lesson.

In order to ensure that we maintain the balance between the teaching of both knowledge and skills during periods of remote learning, class time will be dedicated to helping students in:

  • Organising themselves for digital learning
  • Developing the Approaches to Learning skills of the IB PYP
  • Working collaboratively and independently
  • Building positive relationships
  • Building on personal strengths to support learning
  • Developing physical activity and wellness

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Whole class or small group Zoom sessions will be built into the daily schedule. Individual Zoom sessions may be organized as needed in order to support the academic and social-emotional development of the students.

Remote Learning Schedule - Early Years
The Early Years will provide families with a suggested schedule each week along with a daily and weekly grid of engagements and resources to support families at home.

On each EY class’s designated Chinese immersion day the Zoom sessions will be conducted in Chinese. There will also be daily access to Chinese learning engagements and interactions with the homeroom Chinese speaking Educational Assistants.

Sample EY Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Learning Schedule - Lower School
Students and teachers are not expected to be in a Zoom meeting for the entire duration of a period; a mini-lesson can be introduced, breakout rooms utilized and/or teachers can meet with individuals and groups while others are on task. Teachers will be available on the class Zoom link during each subject specific block to support students who have additional questions or require individualise/small group support.

Whenever possible each homeroom class will have mirrored timetables across the grade level, meaning they are teaching the same subjects at the same time. We will use a subject-based approach; however, the Programme of Inquiry will continue to guide teacher planning and inquiry designed  learning opportunities will be integrated whenever possible.

Grade levels will create their own timetables (except for specialists, class community, breaks, and lunch). Each week a class will have 5 blocks of 30 minutes of the following subjects: Mathematics, UoI, Writing, Reading/Word Work, Flexible Time (Helpdesk/ Independent Work/Personal Reflection/Golden Time/Individual Meetings). This allows the grade level teams to determine how they want to structure their week, for example, they may want to have a double block of math on one day and not have math on the following day.

The Wellbeing classes will be run by our school counsellors.

Breaks and lunch should be spent away from devices and are a time for students to stretch, grab a snack, get out and move and/or tap into the Wellness Hub.

Sample Lower School Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Questions? Please contact the following:

Section C: Upper School

Expectations for All Teaching Staff
Availability

  • Teachers may work from home or from school unless circumstances prevent.
  • Daily class schedules will closely mirror regular face-to-face schedules, and teachers will be available to students during normally scheduled class times.

Attendance-Taking

  • Student attendance will be taken on Veracross in homeroom and at the start of each block. 

Response Time

  • Teachers should respond to questions from students and parents within 24 hours during the days that school is in session.

Expectations for All Students
General
During times of remote learning, it is important that students make deliberate efforts to ensure their wellbeing. Critical to this wellbeing is the development of a routine. A daily schedule that includes time for school, physical activity, socializing (even if online), regular mealtimes, and consistent and sufficient sleeping hours is key to maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Ways to maximize the learning experience and promote well-being during remote learning:

Have a workspace that allows you to concentrate. It should

  • be in a quiet location
  • be at a desk or table
  • have good lighting

Take appropriate breaks:

  • stretch and move
  • get a healthy snack
  • make the break tech-free

If possible, go outside sometime during the day.
Spend time after school doing something that you enjoy.
Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Eat healthy meals.

Remote Learning
Students are expected to:

  • attend all online classes
  • follow their timetable and join classes on time
  • have their cameras on during classes unless stated otherwise by their teacher
  • dress appropriately for classes
  • work at an appropriate space
  • stay in their live class for the entire scheduled lesson and if they must leave, they should let their teacher know in advance
  • participate actively in all classes
  • complete work as assigned and meet deadlines for submissions
  • get caught up on work if they are unable to attend a class

Student Agreements and Online Etiquette

  • As always, CDNIS students are expected to use technology in a positive, responsible, and respectful manner. Online behaviour must always follow the CDNIS Responsible User Agreements: Upper School Responsible User Agreement
  • For all classroom video communication, the following etiquette should be followed: CDNIS Zoom Etiquette Guide for Students

Attendance

  • Remote lessons will take place in real time and, in accordance with privacy guidelines, will not be recorded. Students are expected to be fully engaged throughout the lesson. Attendance will be taken and closely monitored. If a teacher wishes to create recorded materials in advance of the lesson and share these with students, they are encouraged to do so.
  • When a student is absent from a class or classes due to illness or other factors, parents must notify the school via the student absence reporting in the Parent Portal.

Expectations for All Parents
The role of parents is critical in remote learning. In order to facilitate a consistent learning environment at home we ask that you:

  • monitor your child’s engagement
  • ensure that your child is following the daily schedule
  • ensure that the tools and environment needed for learning are made available to your child (for example, ensure that your child has a well-lit, reasonably quiet work space)
  • regularly check in on your child’s progress and work submission
  • allow your child to complete their assignments independently and to the best of their ability.  Parents and individual tutors should refrain from overly assisting in the completion of assigned tasks. If unsure of what constitutes too much assistance, please consult the teacher
  • contact the appropriate person with any questions or concerns as they arise

Please note that this page is current as of January 20, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Remote Learning Timetable
For remote learning, students will follow a 6-day rotation schedule and their five block daily schedule:

Sample Schedule


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily lessons
Teachers will meet students in their Zoom classrooms. Students will access the link to each Zoom class on their teachers’ Google Classroom and will find all links for their class on their Homeroom Google Classroom page.

Student Expectations 

  • Join lessons on time and be in the waiting room before the start of the lesson
  • Follow all instructions and participate actively in all learning activities
  • Use technology and devices for instructional purposes only
  • students should not have their phones in their work space
  • Submit all work before leaving the zoom class at the end of the lesson so that teachers can provide feedback on their progress
  • Use only respectful language in all chats, breakout rooms etc.

Homework
Homework is an important opportunity for students to show what they have learned during the lesson. During remote learning, students will have an opportunity to complete homework during the lesson so that they can ask their teachers questions. They will be required to complete any incomplete work on Google Classroom before the start of the next lesson.

All other normal homework expectations remain in place:

  • no more than 20 minutes per subject (in addition to work done in class)
  • homework should be completed independently
  • students are expected to let their teacher know if they were unable to finish in 20 minutes or if they require additional help

Please note that this page is current as of January 20, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Remote Learning Timetable
For remote learning, students will follow a 4-day rotation and their four block daily schedule:

Sample Schedule:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Student Advisory will be integrated into the remote learning model
  • Emphasis as always will be on learning the Ontario curriculum within the IB MYP and DP frameworks
  • Student learning will be assessed remotely following similar timelines as in a regular year

Student Expectations
Students are expected to:

  • attend all classes (attendance will be taken)
  • be punctual
  • have their camera on
  • have their learning station set up in a bright location so their face can be seen
  • have their learning station set up in an appropriate location (beds are for sleeping, not learning)
  • position their screen so their entire face is visible (and don’t hide inside a hoodie)
  • dress appropriately for school (uniforms not required)
  • refrain from eating (you have lots of breaks with this schedule)
  • leave zoom filters off, unless specific permission is given by your teacher (you wouldn’t be allowed to sit in class with a hat and sunglasses on, right?)
  • ask permission from your teacher to use a virtual background

Assessment and Reporting
Teachers will use a variety of assessment methods in the course of both remote and hybrid learning.  The Ontario curriculum encourages diversity in assessment including assessment as learning which gives latitude to students to express their learning in both verbal and written modes.  To the greatest extent possible, teachers will adhere to our traditional pattern, sequence, and regularity of assessments. Likewise, we will adhere to our traditional pattern, sequence, and regularity of reporting achievement as expected by both the IBMYP and IBDP, and mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education (Grades 9-12).

Homework
Meaningful homework tasks are an important part of student learning in Grades 9-12. During a period of remote learning, students should expect to engage in homework tasks in a volume and frequency consistent with on-site classroom instruction.

 

Please note that this page is current as of January 20, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Questions? Please contact the following:

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Section D: Timberwolves, ASAs & ECAs

Timberwolves
In line with EDB guidelines, Timberwolves sports for Upper School students have been suspended starting January 24 until after the LNY holiday and pending further notice from the EDB. Once sports are able to resume, strict protocols are followed. For further information, please check out the Timberwolves website.

ASAs
In line wiht EDB guidelines, After-School Activities have been suspended until after the LNY holiday and pending further notice from the EDB. Please visit the ASA website for more information
Refunds will be offered if providers, CDNIS, the EDB or the HK Government cancel programmes due to safety reasons with the exception of courses indicated as hybrid (H). CDNIS will give providers the option to offer remote programmes where possible but parents may receive a refund.

ECAs
In line with EDB guidelines, ECA's have been suspended until after the LNY holiday and pending further notice from the EDB.

Please note that this page is current as of January 20, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Section E: Health and Safety Measures for On-Campus Return

We wish to reassure you of our strict adherence to the Centre for Health Protection and EDB guidelines.  All possible measures have been taken and will continue to be taken to ensure the safety of our staff and students on campus.

  • The following protocols are applicable to all authorised entrants and have been in operation for some time:
  • Mandatory Completion of Health, Travel, Quarantine Declaration Form and proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test from the last 48 hours prior to entry on campus
  • Mandatory wearing of masks on campus and school buses
  • Daily temperature checks for any person before entering the campus
  • Hand sanitizing upon arrival for all persons entering the campus and encouraged regularly throughout the day
  • Hand sanitizers and spare face masks are available in all classrooms, at the Level 9 Reception, in the Nurses’ offices as well as L3, L6 and L11 playgrounds/gyms

 

Please note that these guidelines are current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Families who receive a compulsory testing notice must inform the school nurse immediately. If one or more tests are required, students must complete the first two tests in a series before returning to campus. The negative Covid-19 test result must be shared with the school nurse and then each case will be evaluated depending on the circumstances of the close contact before being allowed to return to campus.

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

The following work protocol has been in place with respect to our campus facilities:

  • Enhanced daily deep cleaning of classrooms and public spaces. This includes more regular cleaning of public spaces including banisters, door handles, lifts etc each hour
  • Use of 1:49 bleach concentration for cleaning, which is twice the minimum recommendation for schools of 1:99 bleach concentration. 1:49 is the minimum recommended standard for hospitals
  • Fumigation for the whole campus is done every two weeks. 
  • The whole campus was sprayed with a “Germagic” disinfecting spray approximately every 3 months. You can learn more about Germagic here
  • In line with the Government guidelines, the fitness room and pool have been closed to staff and students at present and a deep cleaning has taken place in these two areas, including the equipment
  • All rentals/use of our campus facilities have been cancelled as we look to restrict access to our campus
  • For hygiene reasons, water fountains have been shut off and students will need to bring a water bottle from home
  • Plastic dividers have been installed for the cafeteria tables to facilitate social distancing
  • A separate designated area is set up for students and staff who fall ill during the day
  • In the Level 12 cafeteria, ceiling fans and air purifiers have been installed and are in use, while the windows are opened to facilitate better air circulation. UV disinfecting light tubes were added during the redevelopment to clean the air coming into the L12 cafeteria.
  • In the Level 6 cafeteria, ceiling fans and air purifiers have been installed and are in use. UV disinfecting light tubes were added during the redevelopment to clean the air coming into the L6 cafeteria.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

All staff, students and authorized visitors are required to complete a Health and Travel Declaration Form before being allowed on campus. Students under medical surveillance may attend school as usual provided all health guidelines are followed (i.e. checking temperature and observing for symptoms daily.) Parents or guardians must inform the school if the student is put under quarantine or medical surveillance.

Daily Temperature Record

Prior to students coming to school each day, the following steps must be followed:

  • Parents/Guardians must take their child’s temperature each day before going to school and report this to the school via the Parent Portal. Failure to do so and your child may not be admitted on campus or will be sent home.
  • If a student has a fever (37.5 or higher), he/she should not attend school and should consult a doctor promptly, apply for sick leave, stay at home and rest.

Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers play an important role in the success of various events at CDNIS. Unfortunately at this time, due to increased social distancing measures, we are unable to welcome parent volunteers to campus. Once we are able to welcome parent volunteers back to CDNIS, all parent volunteers must complete the necessary health and travel declaration forms and provide proof of vaccination. Once completed, staff will seek the necessary approvals and will notify parents accordingly. When on campus, parents are asked to wear their Parent ID or Visitor ID badge at all times.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

  • Students who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher will be sent home from school. The school nurse will phone a parent to arrange immediate pick up of the sick child
  • Families who receive a compulsory testing notice must inform the school nurse immediately. If one or more tests are required, students must complete the first two tests in a series before returning to campus. The negative Covid-19 test result must be shared with the school nurse and then each case will be evaluated depending on the circumstances of the close contact before being allowed to return to campus.
  • A separate designated area is set up for students and staff who fall ill during the day

If a student develops a fever and/or respiratory symptoms during the course of the day they should:

  • Let their teachers know they are not feeling well and they would like to be excused to see the nurse.
  • Make their way to the closest nurse’s office with the least amount of traffic or outdoors if possible.
  • Nurse will provide care and assessment of the possibility the person has contracted the coronavirus.
  • Nurse will call the parents and the appropriate Principal or Vice Principal if confirmed of a suspected Covid-19 case.
  • Nurse will call LLAC to inform their team to help prepare the set-up. LLAC Team will call Fac-Man to prepare cleaners and to ask security to help with escorting parents and making sure the route to the “Designated Area” is clear. Once LLAC and Fac-Man are prepared, LLAC team will call the nurse to inform them they are ready.
  • Nurse will put on her personal protective equipment and prepare to escort the student to the “Designated Area”.
  • Nurse will remain with  the student in the “Designated Area” until transportation arrives.
  • Transportation pick-up should be collected in front of the LLAC Lobby. Parents will pick up their child outside of the school and be advised to seek medical help at the nearest hospital. The car should leave the site immediately after pick-up.
  • Nurse will follow-up with parents to find out if the student has tested positive for the coronavirus. Thereafter, we will await further instructions and advice from the Centre for Health Protection.

Please note that these guidelines are current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

School Bus Service
All bus drivers and bus mothers have their temperature checked each morning. Hand sanitizer will be available on the bus and the bus mothers will limit physical contact. Take a moment to review KCM's protocols. Additional information can be found on KCM's website.

Food Service Provider
All cafeteria staff have their temperature checked each morning. Hand sanitizer is available on all cafeteria tables and cafeteria staff will limit physical contact. Please take a moment to review Maxim's Cleaning and Preventative Measures.

Note:
Families who have outstanding lunch orders for January 17 to 28, can carry these credits forward to be used towards their child’s lunch order during Q4 from April 1. Please contact CDNIS Catering with your child’s name, student number and homeroom and Maxim's will follow up with you regarding the credit owing. Please note that no cash refunds are available.

For parents concerned about bus refunds, please be assured we are in contact with KCM, from whom you will be hearing from shortly.

 

Please note that these guidelines are current as of January 16, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

Online Learning Resources

Seesaw will be the platform used from EY1 to Grade 4, and Google Classroom will be used in Grade 5. Additional online resources may be used, but are to be approved by the PYP Coordinator and Lower School Leadership Team. Online resources and Zoom links for homeroom and specialist classes will be stored in a central location for families along with the necessary usernames and passwords.

Google Classroom is the primary remote learning tool used in the Upper School. Teachers will hold lessons on Zoom and links will be made available to students on an individual teacher’s Google Classroom page. To facilitate communication between students and teachers, all students in grades 6 to 12 will have access to Google Hangouts; this tool should be used for academic purposes only.

Please note that this page is current as of January 11, 2022. Changes to procedures will be made as needed.

We recognize that families and students may experience some challenges with technology during periods of online learning. We have assembled these resources at assist:
 
If you need additional support, please feel free to contact any one of the following departments: