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Our Plans for a Safe Return Back to School

Ready and Prepared for the Continuity of Learning

We were delighted that we were able to reopen our gates and welcome our students, both day and boarding, back onto campus in August for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. 

On February 22, 2021, the UK Government announced a return to schools on March 8. We are able to return to on-campus learning and we will continue to apply all of our previous mitigations with the addition of the Rapid Test Program (see "Community Expectations"). In some cases, we have extended these mitigations (e.g., Lower School use of face masks). For more information read "Arrival on Campus." 

To ensure we were ready for the return of our community in August 2020, we implemented a series of plans and processes that focus on protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our entire school community, inclusive of students, parents, and staff while onsite. You will be able to find the most updated information as for each area detailed on this page

These measures are informed by the UK Government guidance for the full reopening of schools. Included within this page are essential measures which include:

  • A requirement that people who are ill stay at home;
  • Robust hand and respiratory hygiene;
  • Enhanced cleaning arrangements;
  • Active engagement in the National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace;
  • Formal consideration of how to reduce contacts, maximize distancing between those in school wherever possible, and minimize the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable.

We are confident that these preventative measures will significantly mitigate risk and we are fortunate to enjoy a beautiful and spacious campus, small class sizes, and plenty of scope for outdoor learning. 

School Events:
While we aim to continue with as many activities as possible, some school events may be impacted. The updated 2020-21 Calendar can be found on your Parent LMS linked HERE.

 

Excerpt from Head of School Message, February 25, 2021

KEY FACTS & DATES

TASIS England - Return to School Key Dates - 8 March

Lateral Flow Test Step-by-Step video

The Important Role of Families

Families play a vital role in maintaining safety on campus. The number one safety measure is to keep a child home if they are unwell. We want to work with families to support their child’s adherence to safety measures while they are on campus as well as at home. To support this effort, prior to the return to campus, we will provide helpful information and orientation to help transition students to a COVID-safe campus.

We understand that there are families with higher-risk members in their households. As a community that prioritizes health and safety, we must all play our part in adhering to UK Government recommendations and regulations to control transmission and potential future outbreaks. Moreover, there may be times when we ask families to comply with broader safety measures, and we greatly appreciate your cooperation in this regard.

We also expect that you will have questions and welcome your feedback and suggestions. We are eager to listen to and help each family navigate any concerns they may have. Please feel free to contact headofschool@tasisengland.org with any questions or concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions               View our "Safe & Ready" VIDEO

View our protocol for
suspected COVID19 cases
       Rapid Test Program at TASIS England
Click on each icon below to read more information about our plans and initiatives to return to school safely.

Community Expectations

All members of the TASIS England community have a shared responsibility to play their part in preventing the spread of illness when they are aware or suspect that they have contracted a communicable disease.

To help keep students, staff, and faculty safe it is imperative that all members of our school community remain committed to the safety policies and procedures listed here and in future communications. By enrolling your child at TASIS England, you agree to the following requirements:

  • Travel. We advise our community  to follow government advice not to travel, unless necessary. Please adhere to any UK Government quarantine procedures based on your travel. Visit this website for the latest updates on entering the UK from various countries. You will find a list of countries, territories and regions from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate here.  
  • Follow UK Government Guidelines. All families are expected to adhere to the directives of applicable UK Government guidelines regarding social distancing in public and other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (updated guidelines can be found at this link). We also wish to draw your attention to the recently published guidance "Staying alert and safe (social distancing)" and, in particular, to Section 2 - Meeting family and friends. Among other things, this guidance states we should all limit the number of people we see socially, especially over short periods of time, and that we should not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close social interaction. 
  • Engage NHS Test and Trace Process when Necessary. If you, your child, or someone in your household displays symptoms related to COVID-19 (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste), follow NHS guidance by staying at home and getting a test as soon as possible. If your child or a household member tests positive for COVID-19, you must notify the Health Center nurse and the Head of School Section for your child as soon as possible.
  • Stay Home if Unwell. If your child is unwell, you are expected to keep them home from school.
  • Stay Home if Exposed. If anyone in your household has been notified by the NHS Test and Trace system or by the School that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19, you are asked to notify the Health Center. Based on the circumstance, you may be asked to keep your child home from school for 10 days. During this time, your child will be able to continue classes via our flexible learning program (please refer to the "Hybrid Learning" section).
  • Temperature Checking. The School will check the temperatures of all day students upon arrival at school each day. If your child presents with a temperature that is higher than 37.8ºC/100ºF, your child will be sent home. If a boarding student presents with a temperature at the daily check before breakfast, we will follow our Care, Isolate, Test & Trace protocol for Boarding.
  • Rapid Test Program. We are delighted to operate the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Schools here at TASIS. Up to a third of individuals who test positive for the coronavirus have no symptoms at all and can, therefore, spread it unknowingly. This important tool will enable us to test people who do not have symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus here on campus. This fully risk-assessed and quality-assured program is run on campus by trained staff using the lateral flow test, which gives a result in less than 30 minutes. Under this program, all students are tested twice, with an interval of 3 to 5 days; staff and faculty are tested weekly. When used in conjunction with all our other safety measures – wearing a mask, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and maintaining social distance – these tests will help us keep our students and staff safe here at TASIS England. Our Rapid Test Program was piloted in the beginning of January and is ready for the return to school of students and staff. 
  • Face Masks. As of January 2021, we expanded the use of face masks on campus and their use is now mandatory for all students, with the exception of Early Years students. This mitigation will be effective from our return to school after the lockdown. The following measures are also in place: 
    • All students using the Coach Hire bus service must wear a face mask while on the bus to and from school.
    • Face masks are mandatory for all Lower School students while they are in classrooms and inside communal areas, with the exception of Early Years students for whom other mitigations, such as Perspex screens, are in place. Should a family wish their Early Years child to wear a mask in the classroom, we would support this wish.
    • Face masks are mandatory for all Middle and Upper School students while they are in classrooms and inside communal areas.
    • Face masks will not be required outdoors on the school campus and during lunch, but social distancing will be expected at all times. If a student wishes to continue wearing their mask throughout the day, beyond the classroom, they are entitled to do so.
    • Boarding students are not expected to wear face masks in their boarding houses as they are grouped in households. They are expected to wear their masks in all communal areas.
    • Further information can be found in the "While at School" section.
    • We will continue to review our position regarding the use of face masks in school.
    • Note that the UK Government made the use of masks mandatory in shops and supermarkets from Monday, July 24.
  • Hygiene. Practice and reinforce good hygiene practices at home, in particular, the importance of frequent hand washing.
  • Students’ Personal Items. Limit the items your child brings onto campus each day and reinforce that supplies and other items should not be shared with other students.
  • Medical Forms. Parents must complete and submit all required student medical forms prior to the first day of school. This information must include at least one emergency contact.
  • Emergency Contacts. Please ensure that your family's contact information is up-to-date and accurate by using the button "Update Family profile" in the LMS. You are required to provide at least three contacts. For day students, at least one of the contacts must be able to pick up your child from the School as soon as possible if your child presents with a temperature or becomes ill during the school day.  

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Arriving & Leaving Campus

We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome all of our students back to TASIS on Monday, March 8, for three weeks of campus-based learning prior to our two-week Spring Break, which commences on Monday, March 29 2021.

In addition to our existing “Hands - Face - Space” mitigations which enabled us to successfully keep school open prior to this current lockdown, we now have the reassurance of 3 additional and highly significant mitigations:

  1. The vaccination program which has already enabled vulnerable members of our faculty and staff to receive their first vaccination;
  2. A dedicated Rapid Lateral Flow (RLF) test facility which is overseen by our Head Nurse. Voluntary RLF tests will be offered to all Middle and Upper School day students on Monday 8th March, Friday 12th March and Monday 15th March. We await government confirmation on the logistics of student testing beyond these initial school-based test requirements but understand that families will be issued with home test kits for regular testing; and
  3. All of our faculty and staff (including the employees of our Catering Company) will be tested at school twice weekly.

Rapid Test Program 

In January 2021, we successfully launched our Rapid Test Program on campus for our returning boarding students and essential staff. This is a fully risk-assessed and quality-assured program run on campus by trained staff using the lateral flow test, which gives a result in less than 30 minutes. All boarding students who are currently on campus are tested twice, with an interval of 3 to 5 days, and staff and faculty are tested weekly. This is important to prevent the spread of the virus here on campus. When used in conjunction with all our other safety measures – wearing a mask, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and maintaining social distance – these tests are helping us keep our students and staff safe here at TASIS England.

When school reopens, all students will receive two rapid lateral flow tests, again with an interval of 3 to 5 days. If both are negative, further testing will happen only if a student exhibits symptoms.

Temperature checks 

All students and faculty/staff are temperature checked. The data related to temperature is unique to each measurement and this data is not stored or recorded over time on any individual.

  • We have installed temperature-checking stations across the campus and all students, faculty, and staff go through a daily temperature check upon arrival. While this test relates to only one symptom of the COVID-19 virus, by checking everyone on campus each morning we can ensure that students or faculty/staff with a higher temperature, signaling the beginning of a fever, can safely return home, follow guidance on testing, and rest until the fever has passed.

  • Students and faculty/staff who display a high temperature of 37.8ºC/100ºF or more will receive a secondary check. Results of the secondary check will determine our next steps:
    • If the secondary check displays a temperature below 37.8C/100ºF, the student or faculty/staff member may proceed on to campus and/or the bus;
    • If the secondary check confirms a high temperature:
      • Bus students will not be permitted onto the bus and must remain home; 
      • Day students or faculty/staff members will be asked to return home along with those they traveled in a car with; 
      • Boarding students will be isolated in the Wellness Center. 
  • We will follow UK Government guidance and NHS testing advice for anyone who displays a high temperature:
    • We will request an NHS Coronavirus test to determine if the student has the virus or not. We will organize such tests for our boarding students (once parental consent is in place); 
    • If the test is negative, we will ask students to remain at home or in their boarding house until they are fever/symptom-free; 
    • If the test is positive, we will be in contact with the families of students who have been in close contact with the infected student and work with them to determine testing and a return to school; 
    • In addition, we will be in contact with Public Health England to ensure we follow their procedure for testing, tracking, and tracing. 
  • All visitors, contractors, and parents must access the campus through Security and will receive a mandatory temperature check before being permitted onto the campus.

  • Bus Students: Bus students will have their temperature checked prior to boarding the bus. We will not require a second temperature check once they arrive on campus.
  • Boarding Students: All boarding students will be temperature checked prior to leaving their boarding house each morning.
  • Day Students (not traveling by the school bus service): For all students traveling to school via walking, cycling, and/or car drop-off, temperature checks will occur for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. Lower School students will be temperature checked upon arrival  at the Lower School Drop-Off area. The temperature checking areas pictured below will be used by Middle and Upper School students. Social distancing will be supported through appropriate signage and staff/faculty support. 

For more details about how we are going to manage suspected cases of COVID-19, please see the flowchart here.

Arrival 

We are fortunate to have so many entrances to facilitate student travel to school from their homes or boarding houses. Each morning we will support your child’s arrival by directing them safely from their drop off to their classroom while maintaining social distancing. Our campus will be open from 8 a.m. for drop off and bus arrival.

Lower School Entrance Arrival
Lower School parents should continue to use the Lower School entrance just off Coldharbour Lane. If a Middle or Upper School student is dropped off with a Lower School sibling, once they have been temperature checked (at the Lower School entrance), staff will assist in guiding them on the routes shown below.

 

Bus Arrival
For our students traveling on the school bus service, the following routes will be signposted and staff will be in place to support their arrival as a separate stream apart from car drop-offs. The routes they will take are demonstrated below:

 

Security Lodge Entrance - Main Drop Off for Middle and Upper School
Middle and Upper School families should continue to drop off at the Ten Acre Lane entrance. Staff on duty will support the students in following the routes below and receiving their temperature checks.

Transportation

Whatever form of transportation is used to arrive and depart from TASIS England, all students, faculty, and staff must use sanitizer as they enter and exit school. Sanitizer stations will be placed at entrance and exit points and will be available throughout the campus.

School Bus Service

UK Government guidelines currently state that dedicated school transport is exempt from the social distancing guidelines and capacity restrictions that apply to public transportation provided that a number of measures are in place. The following steps will be taken to ensure that your children are safe on the bus service:

  • We have issued bus drivers with non-contact, infrared forehead thermometers. Any student with a temperature above 37.8ºC/100ºF should remain at home and will not be permitted to ride the bus.
  • All touch points on the bus will be cleaned and disinfected prior to each service.
  • All students and the driver will be required to wear a face mask while on the bus.
  • We will ask the driver to dismount the bus at each stop and have students sanitize their hands before boarding the bus.

The current guidance from the UK Government states that capacity on the school bus service will not need to be restricted. Please note that guidance changes regularly in response to the course of the pandemic. We will monitor this guidance and revise our plans as required.

Public Transportation

  • From Monday, June 15, all students, faculty, and staff who use public transportation must wear a face covering on public transport in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined.
  • It is important to wash or sanitize your hands before and after touching your face covering.
  • For a safer journey try to:
    • travel at off-peak times
    • use quieter stations and stops – get off a stop early if it’s less busy
    • keep changes to a minimum, for example, between bus and train
    • walk for more of your journey, for example, the first or last mile
    • book your tickets online in advance or pay by contactless
  • The latest UK Government advice for public transportation can be found here.

Dismissal 

For dismissal, the following will occur:

  • Lower School:
    • Bus students will be escorted to their buses using a separate route from our Middle and Upper School students;
    • The LS gate will open at 3.10 pm.
    • Students enjoying after-school activities will be escorted to an outside area for handover to the Sports and Activities staff;
    • Students waiting to be collected will be supervised by a member of staff at the drop off area;
    • Students being picked up by parents will continue to use the Lower School entrance;
    • For the first quarter, we ask that parents stay in their car for Lower School pick up as the Lower School playground will not be available after school.
  • Middle School:
    • Bus students will be guided to their buses using the same route that they entered on, separate from Lower and Upper School students;
    • Students enjoying after-school activities will be guided to an outside area for handover to the Sports and Activities staff;
    • Students being picked up by parents will be guided to the Ten Acre Lane pick-up area.
    • Staggered times will be used for dismissal to allow students to wash their hands and avoid crowding by locker areas after leaving classes. 
  • Upper School:
    • Bus students will travel to their buses using the same route that they entered on;
    • Students enjoying after-school activities will travel to an outside area to meet the Sports and Activities staff;
    • Students being picked up by parents continue to use the Ten Acre Lane pick-up area;
    • Parents/Tutors are advised to remain in their vehicles at pick-up time;
    • Staff and faculty will be on duty at all of these areas to monitor and ensure social distancing.

 

 

 

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While at School

As we navigate the current health crisis, TASIS England is committed to two important goals: to provide safe, in-person instruction for all students and to keep all of our faculty and staff members safe to the best of our ability. The pursuit of these goals requires the School to make significant financial investment across a broad range of efforts, including: 

Enhanced Health and Safety Measures

With safety as our highest priority, TASIS England is investing significantly in enhanced COVID-19 safety measures. Some of these measures include the following:

Thermal scanners will be used for fever detection, as mentioned previously.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • We will ensure that all students, regardless of age and grade level, clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive at school, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms, and before and after eating. Regular and thorough hand cleaning will be necessary for the foreseeable future and will be achieved by:
    • The use of strategically placed hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus and provision of sanitizer in all classrooms and offices.
    • The addition of almost 18 touchless handwashing stations to those already available throughout the campus.
  • Touchless water bottle filling stations – all water fountains have been converted to water bottle refilling stations with push-pedal operation to mitigate against contamination.

  • Amplified cleaning practices – all work spaces, shared facilities (toilets, dining halls, boarding house common rooms, etc.), playground equipment, and frequently touched surfaces will receive additional cleaning throughout each day and evening.

  • Anti-bacterial cleansing wipes will be provided in each classroom and office to ensure the frequent cleaning of hard surfaces and touch points and all equipment used in PE, Science, Art, Music, etc. will be cleaned prior to the next use. 

  • Tissues will be provided in each classroom – the "Catch it! Bin It! Kill it!" approach continues to be very important, so we will ensure that we have enough tissues and bins available to support students, faculty, and staff as they follow this routine.

  • A stock of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is available for our nurses, in each classroom for those who will support our boarding quarantine solutions, if a boarding student tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Large posters highlighting social distancing, hygiene, and cough/sneeze etiquette will be placed around the campus.  

Ventilation

  • To ensure good cross-ventilation, windows will be open in classrooms and shared spaces throughout the day for a minimum amount of time (to be determined).
  • In specific rooms with limited airflow, DFS filters will be provided to ensure adequate air circulation and eliminate viral and bacterial particles that may exist in the air. 

Classrooms

All classrooms have been redesigned to ensure: 

  • Recommended student social distancing. 
  • Recommended teacher and student distancing. 
  • The removal of soft furnishings and excess furniture. 
  • Textbooks and resources will not be shared between students; students will receive their own textbooks and should maintain their own resources without sharing. 
  • To help with social distancing in the Lower School, we will utilize plexiglass dividers to divide student workspaces.

Face Masks

Since September 23, our students, faculty, and staff have used face masks in accordance with the UK Government guidelines. As of January 2021, TASIS England's updated protocol requires the mandatory use of face masks across the School, with the exception of Early Years only, upon our return to school after the lockdown. We have decided on the following measures in order to keep school safely open for as long as possible:

  • Within the Lower School, face masks are not mandatory for Early Years students, as we have other mitigations, such as Perspex screens in place. Should a family wish their child to wear a mask in the classroom, we would support this wish. From March 8, all teachers and students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 will now be required to wear masks in their classrooms unless medical exemptions apply. Teachers will support their students with putting on and taking off masks safely and ‘mask breaks’ will be frequently provided throughout the day. All children should come into our Lower School wearing a suitable washable, triple layer face mask with an extra clean mask in their backpack. 

    We ask all families who arrive by car to have their car windows open (unless there is heavy rain) prior to coming through the school gate at drop off. This allows good quality airflow prior to our teachers taking your child’s temperature. This should ease any disruption in false readings due to being in a warm car and assist in keeping our faculty and staff safe as they take temperatures each morning.

  • Face masks are mandatory for all Lower, Middle and Upper School students while they are in classrooms and inside communal areas. The only exception to this will be our Early Years students. 
  • Face masks will not be required outdoors on the school campus and during lunch, but social distancing will be expected at all times. If a student wishes to continue wearing their mask throughout the day, beyond the classroom, they are entitled to do so.
  • Each student should have access to a clean face mask each morning. We would be grateful if families could instruct their children on how to safely wear and remove a face mask. This infographic from John Hopkins Medicine provides useful information.
  • We recommend reusable masks which should be washed daily. We would advise a protective 3-layer fabric mask that can be washed and tumble dried easily. Our uniform shop sells a suitable mask with the TASIS brand, however, there are many vendors selling masks at this time. You may find this article helpful for advice in choosing a suitable mask.
  • Teachers in the Middle and Upper School will wear either a face mask or a visor within the classroom. While not mandatory in Lower School classrooms, if a teacher wishes to wear a mask or visor, we support them in this decision.
  • Boarding students are not expected to wear face masks in their boarding houses as they are grouped in households.
  • We will continue to review our position regarding the use of face masks in school.

Lunch

To support the safe enjoyment of lunch we have added the following facilities to our campus:

  • A marquee that can safely seat 60 Middle School students on Gym Field 1, right beside the Middle School; 
  • A marquee that can safely seat 60 Upper School students on Thorpe Place Lawn; 
  • The small Sports Hall will be converted to a dining area. 

The process for lunch will be: 

  • Lower School students will have lunches delivered to their classrooms; 
  • Middle School students will use the Lower School Dining Hall and the Middle School Marquee (one grade level in each) with a staggered lunch so that Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 can enjoy lunch separately with their grade level and to ensure we can clean all surfaces between meal sittings; 
  • Upper School students will utilize the Small Sports Hall (Grade 9 and 10) and the Thorpe Place Dining Hall and marquee (Grades 11 and 12). Again, these will be staggered so that students can enjoy lunch separately with their grade level and to ensure we can clean all surfaces between meal sittings. 

Additional serving areas have been added and we will maintain social distancing while students line up for their food. The Thorpe Place corridor will not be utilized for an Upper School meal service line. 

In terms of seating, we will ensure that seats between students remain empty 

School Schedule

  • To facilitate adjustments to the daily schedule, school will now start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. with after-school activities following the end of the regular class schedule; 
  • The daily school schedule for each school section has been adjusted to ensure we can operate as seamlessly as possible both on campus and online. Consideration was given to:
    • Minimizing the number of transitions we make during the school day between classes; 
    • How we can distance school sections and keep distinct groups separate while offering our full curriculum;
    • Children’s ability to distance – for our younger Lower School students, it is likely that we will emphasize maintaining separate groups. For our Middle and Upper School students, we will focus on social distancing between each other and faculty/staff where possible; and
    • Continuity of learning which can be achieved both on campus and online through our flexible learning program (please refer to the "Hybrid Learning" section).
  • In the Lower School:
    • Students will remain in their classroom and all single-subject teachers (Music, Art, Spanish, etc.) will come to their classroom with the exception of PE, as this will be conducted outside, weather permitting. 
    • The schedule has been modified to rotate Art subjects throughout the year to reduce the number of subjects that students have at any one time. 
    • Lunch will be served in the classroom each day. 
    • Lower School students will stay in class and grade-level groupings throughout each day.
  • In the Middle School
    • The number of classes per day has changed from 6 shorter periods to 4 longer periods, thus minimizing transitions between classes. 
    • Lunch will be served in the Lower School Dining Hall and in the Middle School Dining Marquee one grade level at a time. 
    • Students will be supported to maintain social distancing as they transition between classes. 
    • Lockers have been relocated to support better flow and ventilation in transition areas. 
    • Grades 5 and 6 will be considered one grouping to permit our pathways of learning in Mathematics and Modern Foreign Language. 
    • Grades 7 and 8 will also be considered one grouping to permit our pathways of learning in Mathematics and Modern Foreign Language 
    • Classrooms will be dedicated to Grades 5 and 6 or Grades 7 and 8, with some specialist subject teachers joining students in their classroom, rather than students traveling to additional classrooms. These dual-grade Mathematics and Modern Foreign Language class sizes will be less than 15 students. 
    • PE will be conducted outdoors. If the weather does not permit outdoor PE lessons, theory-based lessons will be provided indoors.
  • In the Upper School
    • The number of classes per day has changed from 6 shorter periods to 4 longer periods, thus minimizing transitions between classes. 
    • Lunch will be served in the Thorpe Place Dining Hall, in a cafeteria set up in the Small Sports Hall, and in the Upper School Dining Marquee at staggered times to ensure we have smaller groups of students enjoying lunch and adhering to social distancing. 
    • Students will be supported to maintain social distancing as they transition between classes. 
    • Lockers will not be in use. 
    • Grade 9 will be separated from other classes when possible. 
    • Grades 10, 11, and 12 will be considered one grouping linked to the multi-age classrooms that we provide through our specialist curriculum and the Advanced Placement Program. 
    • Grade 11 and 12 IB Diploma students will be considered as one grouping. 
    • All Upper School classes will be 15 students or less. 

More information related to the schedule and how we have planned it will be forthcoming from our Heads of Section. 

Movement Around the School

  • Clear signage and one-way movement systems is marked on main pathways throughout the School to promote awareness of social distancing.
  • Movement will be restricted where possible.

 

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Boarding School Life

In this video, Head of Boarding Matt Kiely talks about TASIS England's plans for the safe return of our boarding students prior to the start of classes on August 26, 2020. These plans are also detailed in the drop-down sections below. If you have any questions about the information provided here, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Kiely at mkiely@tasisengland.org.

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Hybrid Learning

In anticipation of the ongoing and evolving challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future, TASIS England developed a hybrid, flexible learning program that enables both in-classroom and online learning. This hybrid learning program, as outlined in the diagram below, is designed to ensure that we can achieve our School Mission and our desire for continuity of learning through a seamless transition between on-campus and virtual learning.

Our prior experience with online learning throughout March - June 2020 helped us to see that there are opportunities to enhance and transform our approaches to teaching and learning. While our commitment to on-campus learning remains paramount, the hybrid learning program empowers our teachers and students to move with flexibility between the two models of learning and assists us in adapting to any sickness-related absences or possible localized lockdowns.

  • We are prepared for student learning to take place both on campus and online; 
  • We strongly encourage all students to attend school on campus while adhering to UK Government social distancing guidelines; 
  • If students are unable to attend school on campus due to a lockdown or a requirement to self-isolate, etc. they will still take part in daily learning through a combination of synchronous (during actual scheduled class time) and asynchronous (not occurring during scheduled class time) activities; 
  • We created a new daily schedule based on best practice to reduce transitions and associated contact between different groups. The new daily schedule will also operate fully online should a local or school lockdown be necessary; 
  • Teachers worked hard last summer to ensure the success of our Hybrid Learning model and have undertaken specialized professional development; 
  • To aid consistency and streamline learning, Middle School and Upper School will use Google Classroom as the common platform for assignment details, submissions, and student feedback. Lower School will continue to use Seesaw in all grades along with Google Classroom in third and fourth grades. All three sections will use Zoom for synchronous learning; and 
  • The Parent and Student LMS will continue to host the school calendar, attendance, gradebooks, directories, etc. 

We will continue to update this section to reflect our plans to deliver exceptional and uninterrupted teaching and learning to all of our students through our hybrid learning program.

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Sports & Activities

The Sports & Activities department continues to monitor UK Government guidelines for schools and recommendations from individual sports governing bodies for each sport to establish which co-curricular (after-school) sports and activities we will be able to offer in 2021. Our main aim for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year is to offer all TASIS students the most Covid-safe sports and activities program we possibly can. The sports and activities schedule is available to our community via the LMS.

Sports & Activities

Whatever restrictions are in place, we will endeavor to offer opportunities for students to participate in a sport and/or activity at the end of each school day or through remote online access. We recognize that the sports and activities program is vitally important, not only from a physical fitness perspective but also because of the social and psychological benefits that sports and activities provide students. However, it is important to note that COVID-19 guidelines in relation to social distancing, indoor sports, and social restrictions are revised on a daily basis. Therefore, we may adapt or, indeed, change some offerings depending on what we feel can be safely offered through the most up to date guidance available at any given time.The result may be that some sports and/or activities that involve contact or sharing equipment will be adapted to suit any COVID-19 restrictions/social distancing measures that may be in place, or the program will be moved to an online format for remote participation.

From a sports team perspective, we continue to work with the other London School Sports Association (LSSA) schools and Independent Schools Association (ISA) members to identify solutions to the current issues surrounding travel, indoor gymnasiums, swimming pools, contact sports, and the sharing of equipment.

Regular communication from the sports/activities department provides the co-curricular options for each area of school (LS, MS & US) and further information about sign-up options for sports/activities throughout the school year.

Sports & Travel 

Unfortunately, international travel for sports teams will not take place until September 2021 at the earliest. Therefore, any International Schools Athletic Association (ISAA) tournaments scheduled for 2020-21 will no longer take place. This decision is mirrored by the majority of schools and sports organizations throughout the world. We are currently working with other UK-based schools to identify if we are in a position to create localized bespoke tournaments which will look to provide TASIS students with the best possible opportunity to take part in end-of-year competitions.

TASIS Weekend Sports Clubs 

Due to the social distancing/lockdown measures currently in place, we will not be able to offer any of our weekend clubs and activities until further notice.

Online Sports & Activities Information

Enrolled families will also be able to find the most updated information about our sports and activities program, including our plans to reintroduce competitive sports, via the LMS. In the LMS, you will find some very useful online sports and activity resources for TASIS families to enjoy while they are not able to attend campus.

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Mental Health & Well-being

Access to counseling for students

  • Day School: Students will have regular access to counselors during the academic day for group and 1:1 sessions.
  • Boarding School: In addition to school-day access to counselors, boarding students will have access to a school counselor during the evening from Monday to Thursday for group and 1:1 sessions.

Wellness programs for students

  • Start-of-year orientations focused on pastoral support, relationships, and well-being.
  • Learning opportunities: The PSHEE program started the school year by looking at how students can maintain their mental health and well-being. 
  • We are looking into the option of offering mindfulness courses/opportunities throughout the School.
  • We may also offer a mental health first-aid course to eleventh and twelfth grade students in the second semester.

Wellness programs for students during lockdown

During times of lockdown, all students will have regular video-linked contact and communication with their teachers, homeroom teachers, and advisors. Sectional safeguarding teams and school counselors are available to support all of our students, irrespective of time difference and location.

Mental health and well-being advice and guidance is provided to students and parents and PSHEE classes will continue as normal.

Wellness programs for staff/faculty

  • Careful consideration is given in planning how we can help all of our faculty and staff stay physically active and socially connected within the guidelines set by the UK Government.
  • Experiential learning opportunities include mindfulness and meditation courses and team fitness courses with external partners.
  • Support Services include access to confidential counseling services through the faculty benefits package.

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Health Center

The Health Center is committed to the health and well-being of each student. The center provides a medical service for all students and is staffed full-time, with fully qualified nurses who can be contacted at any time in an emergency. The center has four en-suite bedrooms in case any of the boarding students are unwell (with an illness other than COVID-19) and cannot attend lessons during the school day. 

  • If your child presents during the day with a temperature that is higher than 37.8ºC/100ºF, your child will be sent home. For any boarding student presenting with a high temperature, we will follow our Care, Isolate, Test & Trace protocol for Boarding. 
  • We have equipped a dedicated space for quarantine coverage with assigned nursing and medical best practices in our Wellness Center. 
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): We have sufficient supplies of face shields, masks, gloves, aprons or coveralls, storage containers, etc. available and in stock.
  • Medication distribution: Rotas for nurses are already in place. 

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