We have put a lot of effort into creating a learning programme that meets the students’ needs and aligns with contemporary educational theory about successful online learning. The learning programme has been communicated to the students and parents.
When can my children go back to school?
We are closely following the updates and advice from the Austrian authorities. As for now, we plan to reopen on 15 April 2020.
How does online learning work?
Note that we have gathered all the schedules and relevant information for our students and parents on the webpage online learning.
It is entirely possible that our students might look back at this world-wide online learning experiment and say it was the most impactful and relevant preparation they received.
At AMADEUS International School Vienna, we are embracing this possibility and continually seeking to level up our performance. Therefore, we have engineered our programme around the most contemporary educational theory.
It is a very simple schedule based on a complex body of research. Essentially, the days are broken into subject areas whereby every day has a single focus, and the power of the whole department on-hand to support learning. Screen time is limited, and there are movement and creativity breaks, which separate our blocks of ‘deep-learning’. The homework and feedback schedule is spaced in order to allow detailed feedback from teachers and facilitate a positive learning rhythm for better retention. Teacher support time is also scheduled; so help is never more than an e-mail or a video call away.
Specifically, the AV online learning programme ensures that our students;
- have less screen and sitting time, as wellbeing becomes a priority;
- learn with greater focus due to the more structured blocks of learning and acquisition, and lesser amount of task switching;
- have greater utilization of (and access to) teacher’s skills and knowledge;
- can all access learning and collaborate easily irrespective of their time zone;
- benefit from the latest brain-based research, and study in ways that will optimise their success.
So far, feedback from parents and students has been very positive. Among others, they have commented;
- “They understood our situation well, so they adjusted the way they taught us accordingly”.
- “Teachers use technology to explaining tasks clearly even though we weren’t face to face”.
- “Teachers are there for us when we need help and help us strive for success”.
- “This allows them to give fast and in-depth responses. It is also nice to have an assurance that they (teachers) are online and here to help”
Read more about the online learning in the article learning about learning online.
How about my University applications?
As continued COVID-19 restrictions are taking shape around the world, many universities have taken the decision to delay, postpone or cancel many events and applications for students. This means that some AV students may feel the effects of delayed responses or information from universities as many staff work from home. However, so far we have had no major issues with our student applications.
Universities have been demonstrating flexibility and kindness towards graduating students to ensure that they are able to fully comply with all application deadlines. All applications submitted will be considered with leniency in light of the inconvenience that the globalised shutdown has caused to students. This may extended to exam results if this becomes an issue. However, universities remain confident that the majority of examinations around the world will be able to take place.
Luckily for our students, before the Austrian wide shut down of schools was enforced, the majority of students had already finished major applications and had received good offers and decisions from universities. This makes us very happy and excited for our Grade 12 students. The remainder of our students are in the process of applying or have a clear view for an alternative pathway. Many Austrian university application deadlines have been pushed back till August to accommodate school closures.
Although the COVID-19 is seriously restraining student access to universities, it has not diminished our students’ desire or their drive. AV students are busily working from home to ensure that their university prospects will be accessible and available after the critical measures put in place because of COVID-19 are lifted.
We wish all our students best of luck in their applications and we will always be there to support, update and encourage even in the face of adversity. If you feel you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Careers Counsellor Elke de Vries: email@example.com
What happens to the planned School Events?
The following school events have been canceled:
- DP Visual Arts Exhibition, 29 April 2020
- Thursday Classics Concert, 23 April 2020
- Thursday Classics Concert, 18 June 2020
We thank you for your understanding and support with taking these preventive measures to keep our community safe.
How do I talk to my children about COVID-19?
We find it important to talk to your children about the current situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has gathered some useful guidelines on Healthy Parenting during COVID-19, including how you talk to your children about it. This includes
- Be open and listen
- Be honest
- Be supportive
- End on a good note
We recommend you to check their full set of advice here.
What is the procedure for returning back to school?
Our original categorization of high (200 cases) and moderate-risk (100 cases) areas served us very well throughout the beginning of this crisis. These were arbitrary and highly conservative in order to protect our community to an above and beyond extent. As the situation becomes more complex, we require a more sophisticated quantitative indicator of risk-areas with respects people’s right to free movement.
The Emergency response team have met again and determined that AV will require a 14-day self-monitoring quarantine for any staff or students who, through their travel histories, pose a risk of transmission of COVID-19 within our community. As an indication, we have tentatively agreed upon 50 people per million as an indicator of high-risk in the current context. Regions with high prevalence and incidence of COVID-19, and quarantined towns will also trigger self-monitoring quarantine. This is subject to revision (also retrospectively) based upon observed changes in the global situation.
The school is currently looking into procurement of a number of COVID-19 tests from a private laboratory. In order to avoid a 14-day self-monitoring quarantine period, staff and students would need to return a negative result on such a test. The cost of each test would need to be paid directly by individuals as necessary.
Can you still apply for the next school year?
Yes, we still accept applications for the next school year which starts in August 2020. Please contact our Admissions team for more information.