Updates from APEEEL1

  • 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

  • INTERPARENTS: UPDATE ON BAC ARRANGEMENTS

    Interparents have provided a summary of the modifications of the BAC arrangements 2020. This has been sent to all of the S7 Class reps where we have their contact details. The summary can also be read here.

  • School Exit Strategy

    Dear parents,

    I would like to follow up on the information you received from the School Management on 12 May 2020 that, as of 25 May, only the P1 and P5 year groups will return to classes “in situ” and that the rest of our school population – with the possible exception of one further primary year group – will continue with remote teaching until the end of this school year.

    Throughout this troubled period, your Parents’ Association has been fully engaged mobilising the contribution of class reps, the members of the Management Committee, our Interparents representatives, whilst participating actively in the ongoing consultative process engaged with the School during which we have conveyed the views and concerns of parents. We can attest that the sentiment of the parent community is highly polarised, diverse and often strong.

    I trust that we can all agree on two principles: (a) that we all want our children to return to school “in situ” as soon as safely possible and (b) that we all accept the need to respect the public health measures imposed by the local Luxembourg authorities.

    I would like to explain to you the role of the Parents’ Association in this decision-making process and how both we and you together can contribute constructively to making the best of very difficult circumstances. We were asked to respond within very tight timeframes to the information we received as the situation and planning evolved. We consulted the APEEEL1 Management Committee (21 members and 1 co-opted observer), composed of representatives of all cycles and all language sections. The statements we submitted can be found on our website here.

    At the online meeting of the School Advisory Council (composed of the School Management and representatives of the teachers, administrative staff, pupils and parents) on Monday 11 May, we discussed three scenarios based on certain primary year groups returning to school “in situ” on 25 May or all cycles returning only in September. At the meeting, given the diverse range of opinions in the parent community, we said that we could not express support for any individual scenario. We did, however, emphasise all the most significant recurring concerns of parents, from deficiencies with remote teaching through doubts about sanitary standards to questions about abandoning L2 for the P5 pupils returning on 25 May.

    The decision on how to manage the return to “in situ” classes is complex and for the School Management alone to take. The role of the Parents’ Association is to listen to parents and convey their views and perspective on the issues at stake. We have no authority over the School but we endeavour to leverage our credibility and engage constructively to move forward the interests of parents.

    As a Parents’ Association we intend to focus our efforts and resources in the next weeks on making things work as well as possible, namely:

    • P1 & P5: prioritising these groups during the transitional period from 25 May;
    • Remote teaching: drawing lessons from our survey over the Easter holiday and ensuring that they are addressed across all cycles by year-end;
    • S6 & S7: pursuing creative solutions to enable these groups to complete their studies and/or obtain critical grades before year-end;
    • Preparing Plans B, C, D, E etc. if Plan A (normal business) cannot be implemented in September.

    If you have any concerns about any issue (return to class, remote teaching etc.), we encourage you first to contact your child’s teacher. If you are not satisfied, we encourage you to contact the respective Deputy Director for Primary/Nursery or Secondary. You can also inform your class rep, who is called to play a particularly important role during this period, or you can contact the Parents’ Association at any time. We understand that parents are sometimes reluctant to report concerns out of fear about an adverse reaction towards their child. Whether you contact your class rep, the Parents’ Association or a deputy director, you can always ask for your report to be treated confidentially.

    The School has published Frequently Asked Questions on its website. We will review these and provide feedback to the School Management on anything that we think could be clarified or improved. We will also gather as much additional information as we can in the dedicated section of our own website: www.apeeel1.lu/covid-19/.

    Kind regards
    John Coughlan
    President, APEEEL1