Pandemic Update:(Only read this if you don't get enough pandemic news from other sources)
Although I try to avoid talking about and thinking about COVID-19 unless I have to, I wanted to take just a minute to update you on a few things that have been impacting the school and our family.
Our school has been significantly impacted just like every school in the world, but we are still meeting in person. We are practicing the safety protocols that we see around the world, like face coverings in public spaces, physical distancing, and disinfecting practices. Our students and staff are permitted to remove their face coverings in the classrooms, so this brings some semblance of normalcy to the atmosphere. I have found that during school hours much of life is the same. The afterschool programming has been suspended, although the leadership is discussing ways to offer these programs moving forward. We were also able to have a band/choir concert during school hours, inviting the entire student body and staff to participate!
One of the most significant changes that has impacted the school is the sickness policy. Students that show one or more symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and may only return with a doctor's note. In Hungary the medical professionals are very conservative, so a student that stays home with a runny nose will always be required to be symptom free for three days and sometimes as much as ten days before a doctor will give a clearance note. This has led to a significant number of long absences. In our family three of our kids have missed a week of school as a result of runny noses. The teachers of ICSB have been working extremely hard to ensure that students can still learn remotely and, overall, this has been successful. Students are able to join a virtual class meeting during their scheduled classes and all of the resource and assignment delivery is primarily done digitally for all students in the high school.
On the bright side, Fawn and Maggie have enjoyed having one of the kids home at a time as they've had a chance to spend some quality time together. The picture above of Pressler reading to Maggie was during his runny-nose week.
If you would like to read about our school's safety
and remote learning
protocols you can follow these links.