The New Normal: Updates from a Reopened School

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The New Normal: Updates from a Reopened School (9 June 2020)
Community members from the Frankfurt International School  joined us for a follow-up conversation to the May 12th Forum (Reopening schools safely: Insights, successes, and lessons learned) to share how things are going five weeks after reopening their campus. We checked in to see how they are adapting to new routines and restrictions, how the changes are affecting learning, and how they are feeling to be back at school.

Paul Fochtman, Head of School
Grace McCallum, Elementary School Principal
Yolanda Murphy-Barrena, Guest Principal, Wiesbaden Campus  
Kathleen Ralf, Upper School, English & Humanities Teacher
John Switzer, Upper School Principal
Student panelists (grades 8 and 11)


Videos from FIS Media: Reopening  Graduation 2020

Videos from FIS Media together with the students: "Don't Be a COVID" | Tips on Hygiene

Articles by Kathleen Ralf:
Fixing the Feedback Loop
More Tour Guide, Less Teacher
Hello from the Land of Hybrid

Resources for summer PD from Global Online Academy (where Kathleen is also an instructor): Design Bootcamp  |  Designing for Online Learning Series

Continuity of Learning: Planning Guide for Teachers (PDF) (Ministry of Learning, British Columbia)

Millions of kids around the world adjust to school in the coronavirus era (, May 21, 2020)

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COVID-19: Report Offers 'Blueprint' for Reopening Schools and Beyond (, May 4, 2020)

Denver Public Schools likely to mix in-person classes with remote learning beginning in August (, May, 2020)

Seattle schools consider partial or full remote learning in fall (, June 3, 2020)

Prioritise play when schools reopen, say mental health experts (, May 7, 2020)

5 ways we'll focus on pupil mental health on reopening (, May 9, 2020 - A primary teacher in The Netherlands explains how her school will make mental health a priority when it reopens next week)

Lessons learned from the return to school  (, May 26, 2020 - Western Quebec teacher Letha Henry shares what it’s like to be back in class during COVID-19)