Updates from APEEEL1

  • February half term: Return to school

    Dear Parents,

    We hope you have spent a relaxing and enjoyable Carnival holiday and are awaiting the beginning of school next week. We hope that in situ learning for our children can continue for as long as possible. However, with the further spread of the more contagious Covid-19 variants in Luxembourg we need to be extremely prudent. We would therefore like to take the opportunity to remind you of the symptoms in the presence of which we must not send our children to school:

    • at least one of the following major symptoms: fever, cough, breathing difficulties, chest pain, loss of taste and/or smell without apparent cause OR  
    • at least two of the following minor symptoms: muscle aches, fatigue, rhinitis (stuffy or runny nose), sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, watery diarrhea.

    It is a year since the first Covid-19 cases were registered in the European Schools. We are sure that the above precautions are obvious to most of you but we still hear reports of children being sent to school with such symptoms so we ask you all to do your part to minimise the risk of the virus spreading within the school community.

    You can be assured that the Parents’ Association is in regular contact with the school management to address the ever-developing issues related to Covid-19 and its consequences for distance-learning and school life.

    We wish you a smooth resumption of school activities and many weeks of in situ learning.

    Kind regards
    John Coughlan
    President, APEEEL1

  • Distance Learning

    OSGES have implemented a policy for all European Schools. This means there are clear guidelines in place for our school and a reference document for what parents should expect from distance learning. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Interparents for their hard work in pushing this policy through.

    The policy can be read here: https://www.eursc.eu/BasicTexts/2020-09-D-10-en-3.pdf

  • COVID : Questions relating to self-isolation of P1 classes

    Following on from the school’s recent communication (October 2020) regarding isolation of classes, our VP Primary took the opportunity to compile a list of questions from our parent community to send to Mme Ribic. You can see attached her replies in italic. 

     

    Covid questions to the school:

    Why self-isolate all the 13 classes across all sections? Is it a general policy that will be followed in case of isolated positive case?

    For organisational reasons, we cannot isolate only some classes of one level Therefore the isolation concerns the whole level.

     

    Why continue with mixed classes (L2, religion) during self-isolation, it seems at odds with self-isolating principle. Maybe those classes could be suspended (policy in Lux II school – copy below) or suspended at least for the pupils of L1 class of the infected pupil?

    Mixed classes means that the P1 children can follow the L2 lessons or any other course that is only in the P1 level. However, there are no classes where the P1 children are mixed with children from another level. Therefore we are in the process of adapting the religious and moral lessons.

     

    Are you implementing any extra disinfection to the affected classrooms? What about extra disinfection in the cantine?

    The disinfection in the canteen is done anyway – the tables or the area used by the P1 children at 12.00 noon has not been used before.

    The L2 classrooms used by several levels will be disinfected by the L2 teachers (materials and tables).

    Apart from that, additional disinfection is not necessary, because we wash our hands more often and always wear the masks anyway.

     

    Has CPE been notified by the School? Do you know what are the measures taken there?

    The CPE is informed and we are also in contact. However, it is at the discretion of the CPE to make adjustments.

     

    Have the monitors of extracurricular activities been notified? Most of the classes are mixed P1 and P2.

    We are also in contact with the Periscolaire. We will receive further information in the course of the day. Again, it is the Periscolaire, not the school, that must take action.

     

    Could a separate gate be opened for the concerned group in self-isolation, this week and every time a self-isolation scheme happens, to limit even more mixing of children from different year groups?

    We will be happy to discuss this with our security officer.

     

    Does the infected pupil have a sibling and how the self-isolating is handled in that case? (sibling stays at home?)

    The parents of the infected child will receive instructions from the Ministry.

     

    Will the contact tracing be implemented among the close contacts and in the L1 class of the infected pupil?

    This question will be answered individually with the help of the Ministry’s feedback.

     

  • APEEEL1 Survey on remote teaching part 2 – June Survey results

    Following on from the Remote Teaching survey that took place over the Easter holidays, APEEEL1 in consultation with the school Management, re-conducted the survey in June 2020 with selected questions in order to update the results, to gather feedback from the two year-groups (P1 and P5) that returned to in situ classes on 25 May and to ask parents to share their suggestions for the start of the new school year in September.

    The results reflected in this report show a general improvement in the concrete experience of remote teaching but at the same time growing fatigue at the situation. Both reports have been provided to the school and the teaching staff in order to improve distance learning – should it continue in any form – and to prepare for the new reality next year.

    The full comprehensive report can be read here.

  • Update: Parents’ views on remote teaching at ES Lux 1

    Dear parents,

    We would like to invite you all to take part in an update of the survey on remote teaching and distance learning at the European School Luxembourg 1:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/apeeel1_survey_update

    Almost half of you participated in the survey conducted over the Easter break and it would be very helpful if as many as possible would respond again to a few selected questions in order to evaluate what has improved and where action is still required.

    With remote teaching continuing for most year groups until the end of this school year, and with the prospect of distance learning becoming a more regular part of school life in future, your feedback will be highly appreciated.

    Please respond to this survey separately for each of your children in the European School Luxembourg 1 (Kirchberg).

    If you have a child in P1 or P5, please answer the questions about distance learning based on your experience before the Ascension school holiday (18-22 May). You will also be asked separate questions about the return to in situ classes after 25 May 2020.

    The deadline to respond is Friday 19 June 2020.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Kind regards

    John Coughlan

    APEEEL1 President