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12.04.2021: Self-Testing Update

Dear Families,


As many of you will have heard it is now mandatory for all students to take two weekly self-tests on site.

Before the holidays you were sent a form and given the opportunity to opt out of the self-tests for your child. Please note however that due to changes in the official regulations set out by the Government of Nordrhein Westfalia, this option is no longer available and the forms submitted are no longer valid.

The Ministry of Schools and Education in coordination with the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs and the Unfallkasse NRW have determined that a particularly important measure to combat the pandemic, along with the implementation of hygiene measures and vaccination, is the testing of schoolchildren.

During the week of the 12 April we will begin implementing self-testing for students and teachers at BIS and all students in G10, 11 and 12 will be administering self-tests during advisory on Tuesday, 13 and Thursday, 15 April.

BIS will be using PoC rapid tests which can provide information, within 15 to 30 minutes, as to whether a person is infectious at the time of testing. The process that we will be using for tests is outlined below and is based directly on the requirements set out by the Ministry of Education. Please see the following link for an explanation of how the tests are administered: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxTTWtncrEg

If you choose to not allow your child to be tested at school they must provide proof of a negative test result from a recognized test centre at the start of each testing day. This certification must be is no older than 24 hours. It is a stipulation of the official guidelines that students who do not take the test or do not have valid proof of a negative result have to be sent home.

As from Monday, 19 April testing will take place twice every week for all grade levels from G1- G12 and parents will be informed of the exact days in advance. All tests will be done in your child’s homeroom or Advisory period and overseen by the homeroom or advisory teacher. In Grade 1 the tests will be administered by the school nurse and the school nurse will also be present to support and assist the students in G2 and G3.

At the start of the first testing period all students will be shown a short explanatory video. The teacher will walk the students through the testing procedure.

Tests will be distributed to half of the class ensuring that social distancing is fully maintained when students have to remove their masks to administer the self-tests.
(Masks must be worn again as soon as the required nasal swab has been taken.)

If a result is indicated as positive the school nurse will be informed by the teacher via email and a cc sent to the section Principal. The nurse will come to the classroom to collect the student and accompany them to the isolation room. It is important to remember that a positive result of a self-test is not indicative positive finding of Covid 19 disease, but does represent a reasonable suspicion.

If the self-test indicates a positive result the nurse will notify you as guardians and you will be required to pick your child up and take them to get an official test for verification and complete any necessary documentation.

If the positive test is confirmed by their GP or an official testing centre, this will be communicated to the Health Department and they will take all necessary action including notifying ‘first line contacts’ and informing you of any necessary treatment or quarantine requirements. Parents are obliged to share this information as soon as possible with the school nurse on nurse@bonn-is.de.

If a student arrives late to school on a testing day, s/he will be asked to go to the nurse and complete a self-test before being allowed to attend class.

Due to the limited interest shown and due to the fact that we are now obliged to carry out selftesting for every child twice a week during school time we are no longer planning to offer community testing once a week after school and parents are requested to use one of the may quick testing facilities that are available throughout the city.

If you have any questions or concerns about testing, please contact our school nurse Uta Crisimer, Jo Junglas our Head of Student Services and Operations jo.junglas@bonn-is.de, or your section Principal.

With thanks,

Jo Junglas

Head of Student Services

 

09.04.2021: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You may have heard from the news that the Ministry of Education for our state of North Rhine Westphalia decided yesterday evening that schools will be on distance learning next week. The exceptions are Grades 10, 11 and 12. These classes are allowed on to campus for full school days as they prepare for their external examinations. They will be provided with self-tests during next week. 

Early Learning children are allowed on campus and we will be open from 8:15 until 12:15.

We will be offering emergency services for students up to and including Grade 6 from 8:30 until 15:30. If both parents have to go to work, please could you contact Jo Junglas at jo.junglas@bonn-is.de by Sunday, 11 April. During emergency care, students will be provided with a quiet area where they can carry out their distance learning.   

Students in Grades 1 - 9 will follow their regular schedule while doing distance learning and their teachers will be available for them during the times that they are scheduled to teach. The Principals will be in contact with further details. 

This arrangement is only planned for the coming week. We are all hoping that students can return to school on Monday, 19 April. We will then be carrying out self-tests with all students twice a week, as this has now become mandatory.  

We have also arranged for a company to come in to school in the afternoon once a week (day to be decided) to administer free PCR tests for anyone who wants one, including parents. More details as to the procedures for all testing will be published next week.

This change of plans is not what we wanted; however, we have become flexible and agile in adapting to the requirements, while giving student learning and safety the highest priority.

Despite the continuing Corona restrictions, I really hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and wish you as always, my very best wishes,

Pat Baier  

25.03.2021: COVID Self Testing Implementation

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we start taking small steps towards more normality at school we must continue, as always, to take into account the incidence of infections and implement accompanying preventativemeasures where appropriate. The Ministry of Schools and Education in coordination with the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs and the Unfallkasse NRW have determined that a particularly important measure to combat the pandemic, along with the implementation of hygiene measures and vaccination, is the testing of schoolchildren. Regular testing is now being implemented at schools throughout North Rhine-Westphalia and in line with this BIS will be implementing a schedule of Self Testing for students and staff beginning after the Spring  Break.

During the week of 12 April we will begin implementing self testing’ for students and teachers at BIS. BIS will be using PoC rapid tests which can provide information, within 15 to 30 minutes, as to whether a person is infectious at the time of testing.

The process that we will be using for tests once a week is outlined below and is based directly on the recommendations set out by the Ministry of Education.

If you choose to not allow your child to be tested please complete the attached form and either scan it to the school nurse nurse@bonn-is.de or hand it in to Security in Waves or Ms Becker in the Agora by Monday, 12 April at the latest.

Parents and students will be informed in advance of the date of testing and test will be done in your child’s homeroom or Advisory period. In Grades 4-12 the testing will be overseen by the homeroom or advisory teacher. In Grades 1-3 the school nurse will also be present to support and assist the students.

At the start of the testing period all students will be shown a short explanatory video and the teacher will walk the students through the testing procedure.

Tests will be distributed to half of the class ensuring that social distancing is fully maintained when students have to remove their masks to administer the self tests. (Masks must be worn again as soon as the required nasal swab has been taken.)

If a result is indicated as positive, the school nurse will be informed by the teacher via email and a cc sent to the section Principal. The nurse will come to the classroom to collect the student and accompany them to the isolation room. It is important to remember that a positive result of a self-test is not indicative positive finding of Covid-19 disease, but does represent a reasonable suspicion.

If the self test indicates a positive result the nurse will notify you and you will be required to pick your child up and take them to get an official test for verification and complete any necessary documentation.

If the positive test is confirmed by their GP or an official testing centre, this will be communicated to the Health Department and they will take all necessary action including notifying ‘ first line contacts’ and informing you of any necessary treatment or quarantine requirements. Parents Families are obliged to share this information as soon as possible with the school nurse on nurse@bonn-is.de

We are hoping to employ an external testing company to come and administer a second optional test on site on a weekly basis. As of Thursday, 22 April all staff, students AND PARENTS will be invited to sign up weekly to come and take a test on Thursday evenings between 15:30 and 19:00 in the Agora Lounge. We will be strongly encouraging all community members to take advantage of this second weekly testing opportunity. It will be free to participants and will provide you with official certification that is valid everywhere that proof of a negative result is required such as when travelling, making appointments or participating in after school events.

If you have any questions or concerns about testing please contact our school nurse Uta Crisimer, our Head of Student Services and Operations Jo Junglas (jo.junglas@bonn-is.de), or our section Principal.


With thanks
Jo Junglas
Head of Student Services and Operations

05.03.02.2021: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

New Corona lockdown regulations were published by the state of North Rhine Westphalia yesterday, which will take effect from Monday, 8 March.  Please see below. They are a bit complicated and depend on the infection incidence rates in a particular area.

As of today, Bonn has an incidence rate of 51 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Currently two households of not more than 5 people can meet. Children under 14 don’t count.

No mention has been made of schools. However, I have heard that the Ministry of Education hopes to allow all Secondary students back sometime in March but with only half classes each day. I will let you know when I know more.

Our Early Learning faculty and staff are now able to make appointments to have a vaccination. We will probably hear next week when the rest of the faculty and staff will receive vaccine appointments.

Although we all still need to be very careful, I feel that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

With my very best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Pat Baier

Step 1

This started on 1 March with the opening of hairdressers and the partial opening of schools.

Step 2

From 8 March. Bookshops, flower and garden markets are open with restrictions on the number of customers per square meter.  Body related services such as nail salons (some demand a negative test). Driving and flight schools, also with a negative test. 

Step 3

From 8 March. If the incidence rate is under 50.

  • Shops with restrictions on the number of customers. Museums, galleries, zoos. 
  • Sports outside with a maximum of 10 people. 

If the incidence rate is from 50 – 100.

  • Appointments have to be made for sh0ps (other than the ones already open). Museums, galleries, zoos. 
  • Sports outside with a maximum of 5 people from two households or a maximum of 20 children. 

Step 4

Two weeks later. From 22 March at the earliest. If the incidence rate is under 50.

  • Outside restaurants, theatres, and movie theatres, concert and opera houses. 
  • Non-contact sports can be played indoors and contact sports outdoors. 

If the incidence rate is from 50 – 100.

  • All of the above but a negative quick test or a home test has to be produced beforehand.

Step 5

14 days later but 4. April at the earliest. If the incidence rate is under 50.

  • Social events outside with a maximum of 50 people. Contact sports inside.

If the incidence rate is from 50 – 100.

  • All shops are open with restrictions on the number of customers. 
  • Contact free sports inside and contact sports outside without a test. 

A decision will be made on 22 March regarding hotels, travel, and further opening of restaurants and cultural events, depending on the rate of infection, vaccinations, and testing. 

12.02.2021: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have now received official news from the Ministry of Education. From Monday, 22 February Primary students are allowed to return to school with a mixture of on-site and distance learning. Classes with exams during this year and those preparing for exams can also return to school for a mixture of on site and distance learning, which in our case means Grades 10, 11 and 12.

All the Early Years groups can return to campus.

We will be starting this hybrid schedule on Tuesday, 23 February to allow teachers to plan and prepare the classrooms together.  Tasks will be set for students in Secondary to do at home on Monday, 22 February.

Early Learning and Primary students will come to school every day, however only for two thirds of the day. There will be a staggered start from 8:00 to 8:25 and a staggered finish from 12:00 to 12:25. Mr. Derek will be sending you further details next week.

We will continue to provide emergency care in the afternoons for Early Learning and Primary students in families where both parents need to work away from home. Please contact Ms. Jo Junglas at Jo.Junglas@bonn-is.de if you require this service.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 will also come to campus every day until lunch. The schedule will be sent to you by Mr. Tragert next week.

Grades 6 to 9 will continue to be taught via distance learning.

We will continue with our strict hygiene and cleaning plans.

The safety of our community must have absolute priority. Apart from Early Learning children, all students will need to wear a medical mask while on campus. Please make sure that your children bring at least one to school each day.

Students must not come to school if they have any COVID type symptoms. This must be reported to the school nurse. Students will only be allowed to return to school with a negative test or a doctor’s clearance.

The government is meeting on 3 March to discuss what will happen regarding schools from 8 March onwards.

We are really looking forward to seeing at least some students back on campus and wish you all a very relaxing and healthy Carnival break.

With my best wishes,

Pat Baier 

22.01.2021: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have now heard officially from the Ministry of Education in NRW and the Ministry for Families, which is in charge of kindergartens.

Although the COVID infection rate is slowly going down, the situation is still very critical. Home office, wherever it is possible is being strongly encouraged, travel is strongly discouraged and schools will be closed until 14 February. We will continue to provide distance learning and ensure that our curriculum is being covered. If a student needs to collect something from school, they should let the relevant principal know and we can arrange this. 

We continue to offer emergency child care and will be opening a further group to offer supervision and support specifically for our Early Learning Students. Mr Derek will be communicating more details to you today. 

From 25 January, medical masks (not cloth masks) have to be worn on public transport, in stores, doctors’ surgeries, and during religious services. Children under 14 for whom a medical mask might not fit, are allowed to wear a regular face mask.

Regular face masks, not necessarily medical face asks, must be worn on main shopping streets, in car parks, on play grounds, in schools and in kindergartens. 

As mentioned in the Newsflash, contact is only allowed with one person at a time who is not a member of your household. Parties and social gatherings are forbidden. 

We appreciate that this is a very tough and challenging time for us all, especially parents of young children.  I am personally convinced that if we all pull together on this and follow the rules, the quicker we can open up the schools again. 

With my best wishes for a relaxing weekend,

Pat Baier 

06.01.2021: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a restful winter break with your loved ones and that your start to 2021 was a positive one, despite the less than optimal circumstances.

We extend a very warm welcome to the 18 new students and their families, who started at BIS this week. It would have been wonderful to have welcomed you in person and given you some idea of the warmth and kindness of our school community. It is not easy for students to start a new school via distance learning, so please reach out to myself or the Principals if we can help in any way.

Lockdown

We were informed by the Ministry of Education for North Rhine Westphalia today that all schools are to remain closed until the end of January. This means that we will continue with distance learning until then. All BISSV and EC activities, including private music and language lessons have also been cancelled. The Principals will be giving detailed information in their relevant Primary School and Secondary School sections as to what the school day will look like, however we will largely be keeping to the regular schedule. We are still waiting for an official statement from the Ministry responsible for Early Learning. The message at the moment is that parents are strongly urged to keep their children at home.

If both parents are working in socially relevant professions and cannot work from home, we do have emergency child care running from 08:00 to 15:30.
Please notify jo.junglas@bonn-is.de if you need this service.

Other measures announced by the government pertaining to the lockdown are that only one other person may have contact to another household. This includes children of all ages. In areas that have an incident rate of over 200 cases per 100,000 people, residents are restricted from traveling more than 15 kilometers beyond their city borders unless they have a valid reason. Currently Bonn has an incident rate of 125. 

If you wish to read more about

The situation is serious and we are all being strongly encouraged to avoid social contact. 

With my very best wishes to you all and with hope that you remain safe and well,

Pat Baier

14.12.2020: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You may have heard on the news that Germany is going into a general lockdown from Wednesday, 16 December until Sunday, 10 January. This includes the closure of all schools and kindergartens. 

On Monday, 4, January teachers will need time to plan together with their year level teams and subject departments so that distance learning will start on Tuesday, 5 January. The exact details will be sent to you by the Principals nearer the time. 

We can provide an emergency child care group for children up to and including Grade 5, but only if both parents are working in socially relevant professions and cannot work from home. If you need this service, please contact Jo Junglas at jo.junglas@bonn-is.de by Wednesday, 30 December. 

  • If you are traveling abroad, I strongly advise you not to use this time to extend your stay as it is likely that strict quarantine periods will apply to those returning from high-risk countries. 
  • The general rules are that during the lockdown, no more than 5 persons from two different households can meet either at home or in public spaces. This number does not include children of 14 and younger.
  • An exception is made from 24 - 26 December, when more than 5 people can meet, not including children 14 or under, as long as these people are close family members.
  • All shops will be closed apart from food stores and drug stores. 
  • The lockdown may be extended until after the 9 January, in which case we will keep you informed.

Despite the lockdown and the continued rise in infection rates, we wish you a relaxing and peaceful break. 

Take care and stay well,

Pat Baier 

09.12.2020: Message from the Director

Dear BIS Community,

As COVID infection rates continue to increase and knowing that many members of our school community will travel over the vacation, we will be taking a harder line with our hygiene rules during the two weeks after the holidays.

From Monday, 4 January until Saturday, 17 January:

  • All after-school activities will be stopped, including music lessons and mother tongue classes.
  • The start of the Winter Sports Programme will be postponed until further notice.  
  • Grades 10 – 12 will still not be allowed out at lunch time.
  • Students in Grades 1 – 5 will have to wear face masks all day.

We do not enjoy imposing these measures; however, we have a duty to prevent further infection and to keep our school open. Again, I appeal to you to be careful and responsible over the break.

With kind regards,

Pat Baier

29.10.2020: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Unfortunately, the rate of COVIDinfections in North Rhine Westphalia and Germany as a whole continues to increase at a rapid rate and yesterday the government announced a partial lockdown from 2November until the end of the month. 

Thankfully, Schools and kindergartens are allowed to remain open. We will continue with our current hygiene measures and again ask parents to wear face masks at pick up and drop off.  

Due to the new regulations, we have had to cancel all BISSV and Extracurricular Activities for the next month.

EC Sports

Fall Sports: The Fall Season will not resume and has officially ended. More specific information about uniform collection and any fees due will be communicated in a separate email to all parents and team members in the next few weeks.

Winter Sports: Sign Up for Winter Sports will happen as scheduled from 11 - 20 November and, as always, done on-line via the school website. Currently there is no official date for the season to begin.  More specific information about the season and adjustments to practices, games and travel due to Corona will be sent to parents and students after sign-ups. 

BISSV

All BISSV sports practices and games have been cancelled until the end of November. This includes swimming with coaching that was scheduled to restart on Sunday, 1 November, 2020.

 

After school Mother Tongue classes will still take place. 

Kidz Club will still be open as scheduled. 

Individual private music classes can still take place at school.  

Grades 10, 11 and 12 will not be allowed to leave school at lunch time during this partial lockdown. 

 

The general regulations for NRW are:

  • Bars, theaters, museums, cinemas, swimming pools and sports facilities will all be closed until the end of November. All sports, apart from single sports such as jogging, have been prohibited.  Restaurants are only allowed to do take aways and deliveries.
  • Hotels are only open for business travelers. 
  • Shops and firms will remain open, however only a certain number of people will be allowed in at the same time, depending on the size of the shop.
  • Religious services are allowed under strict hygiene regulations. 
  • Only groups of up to 10 people, from no more than two different households are allowed to meet in public.
  • Private parties are not allowed and social contact beyond the immediate family should be avoided. 
  • Unnecessary travel to different cities within Germany, as well as abroad, should be avoided.

These are hard restrictions, which will impact our social lives, our school community activities and anything beyond the regular classroom for our students. However, they are important to follow in order to protect the vulnerable and to help reduce the rapid increase in the infection rate.

With my best wishes,

Pat 

18.10.2020: Message from the Director

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Covid-19 rate of infection has continued to increase alarmingly since I wrote on 9 October. I therefore appeal to your sense of responsibility and a common desire to keep all sections of our school open in following the instructions below.

If you travelled to a high risk country, as defined by the Robert-Koch-Institute , during the break, your child will have to remain away from school for 14 days after your return. Alternatively, you have to take a Corona test four days after your return from the high-risk country and if the test is negative, your child may return to school. It is also possible to have taken a negative test 48 hours before leaving the high-risk country and a further negative test two days after your return to Germany.

Bonn has also become a high risk area and the city has issued new guidelines. The City of Bonn updates daily its dedicated Coronavirus page in English, which is here.  Please note that face masks have to be worn in all major shopping and pedestrian streets. No more than 5 people from different households are allowed to meet in public, which will have an impact on your children socialising.

We of course will continue with the hygiene plan at BIS and ensure the wearing of masks throughout campus and encouraging hand sanitising and distance. It would be helpful if you could remind your children that these measures must be practiced on the way to and from school as well. We also ask you to wear your face mask during pick up and drop off.

Unfortunately, there will also be a public transport strike in Bonn tomorrow and Tuesday and there won’t be any buses or trams running.

Despite the fragile situation, I really hope you had a relaxing break and that your family and loved ones are safe and well.

With my best wishes,

Pat Baier 

General Hygiene Regulations (updated 19.02.2021)

Essentially, the same rules apply as before the winter holidays. The overriding concept is to make school as normal as possible, while keeping it as safe as possible.

  • Students, teachers and staff must not come to school if they have any COVID type symptoms.
  • Any symptoms must be reported immediately to the School Nurse.
  • A student showing symptoms must be sent to the school nurse immediately. The student will be isolated until picked up by their parents.
  • Staff and students with COVID like symptoms must provide a doctor’s clearance to the School Nurse before returning to school.
  • If we hear of someone who has been tested positive, all persons who have had contact with that person will be contacted and informed.
  • There must be a fixed seating plan for each class, which has to be documented and kept on file for four weeks.
  • All classrooms must be aired every 20 minutes for 5 minutes and during the breaks between lessons.
  • Classroom doors should be kept open.
  • Cleaning materials will be provided for wiping desk surfaces when a student or teacher leaves a room.
  • The published directions in hallways and staircases must be adhered to.

In addition:

  • All students will be kept in grade level bubbles and must not mix with other grade levels.
  • Teachers will be provided with 2 FFP2 masks each working day. These can be changed with a medical mask, which are also provided by the school. Both these types of masks are disposable and should not be worn more than once. 
  • All faculty and staff must sign in and out of the building when they arrive and leave the building and include the times of arrival and leaving.
  • Teachers do not have to be at school when they are not teaching or doing cover/break duty.
  • All meetings will be held on-line.
  • Medical masks must be worn by all students at all times, with the exception of early years and students doing PE classes outside.
  • Students will only be allowed to eat and drink during the breaks. They must keep a distance of 1.5 metres from each other when their mask is removed for eating and drinking.
  • Only one person at a time may use the kitchens.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres must be kept between adults and students at all times.
  • Parents are not allowed on campus, unless by prior appointment.
  • The cafeteria will remain closed.
  • Field trips and EC activities have been cancelled until further notice.
Public Transport Travel Rules and Guidelines

Public Transport Travel Rules and Guidelines

Currently, masks are compulsory when travelling via public transport. 

Please consider whether you really have to use the OPNV/ public transport or whether you can safely travel to school on foot or by bicycle.

Try to avoid crowds when entering and leaving the bus, train or tram and make sure that you keep your distance even at bus, train and tram stops. If separate boarding and alighting is not possible, the following applies: first let the passengers alight with sufficient distance and then board. It there are several students entering at one time please take your seats in an orderly fashion - start at the rear of the vehicle and sit on the window seats all the way to the front.

  • If possible, leave at least one seat free between passengers.
  • When using public transport, do not board when the maximum capacity has been reached. If it is not possible to sit in a seat without being directly next to another traveller, please wait for the next bus, train or tram.
  • Take your seat before the vehicle departs and do not leave your seat until you have reached your destination to avoid unnecessary contact with handrails and handles.
  • Please follow the instructions of the operating personnel such as the driver or ticket collector.
  • Do not eat or drink anything on public transport.

Someone in my family feels sick: What do I need to do?

 

* Stay at home if someone in your household has a fever above 37.5C and / or present flu-like or even mild cold-like symptoms.
 Symptoms may include a cough, malaise, sore throat, shortness of breath, sometimes also stuffy nose, vomiting/ diarrhea, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI)

* Advice from the German Ministry of Health focuses on limiting the exposure of sick people to everyone else.

* If you have concerns, first telephone your family doctor and arrange an appointment to be tested.

* Do not just visit a doctor's practice or go to the emergency room.

* There is a hotline for Bonn residents open 8:00 - 20:00 for those concerned or needing advice. This can be reached by calling tel 0228-7175

* People are asked to ONLY dial 110 or 112 in real emergencies outside of business hours.

 

How to talk to my child about the virus

 

Our Counselling Team provided staff with guidance notes. You too may find these helpful in your discussions:

 

How to protect yourself, your family and your friends from getting sick​

  • Wash your hands often using soap and water. Good hand-washing techniques are:
     >>  Wash for at least 20 seconds (about the length of the “ABC song” or “Happy Birthday” twice)
     >>  Wash after using the bathroom and before eating
     >>  When you wash your hands, rub them well with soap and try to get between your fingers and all the way to your wrist
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Blow your nose into a tissue, and throw it away immediately. Then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face. Don’t pick your nose. Don’t touch your mouth. Don’t rub your eyes. These are places where germs enter the body.
  • It is very important to remember that this virus can affect anyone at any age.
  • Don’t forget there are a lot of helpers out there working to protect you. It is not your job to worry.

When answering questions, please remember:

  1. Provide ONLY verified facts.
    a. Tell the truth (don’t ignore or minimize it).
    b. Use brief and simple explanations for younger children.
    Try to strike an appropriate balance between the need for taking precautions and facts that may be alarming
    This is a serious issue but it’s not something to panic about)
    c. Expect to repeat facts.
    d. Do not give details that students do not ask for.
    e. Avoid sensationalizing or speculating.
    f. Remember that some students may be more worried about this, so please be sensitive to this fact and remind others as well.
  2. Allow students to ask questions - Let student questions guide the information shared.
  3. Let them know what is a rumor, and dispel rumors.
  4. Tell them you will give one of three responses:
    i. The facts
    ii. “I don’t know”
    iii. “Talk to your parents”
  5. Balance the information with reassurance about what is being done to keep them safe.
  6. Remember to contact the Counsellors in case a student needs more support

Notes Adapted from School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREP a RE Model, by S. E. Brock et al., 2009, Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Information about the virus adapted from: NPR.org

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