We still offer online learning for those students who cannot return to campus at the moment. We have put a lot of effort into creating a learning programme that meets the students’ needs and aligns with the contemporary educational theory about successful online learning. Visit our webpage Online Learning Programmes for relevant information.
You can also read the articles about Online learning for MYP and DP on our LinkedIn profile.
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19
What is the procedure for returning back to school?
Please see the School Resumption Plan.
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.
Will the school operate as normal in the new academic year?
We are planning on being fully operational at the beginning of the next school year. New students have a half-day orientation on 28 August 2020, and School commences in full on 31 August 2020.
How will the school handle the situation if a student cannot begin the start of year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions?
The school will be able to support all students to make a smooth transition via online learning in the case of unavoidable arrival issues. Boarding students who cannot begin the year due to unavoidable-COVID-19-specific travel restrictions will be offered future credit for boarding proportionate to the time they miss.
How will the school handle the situation if it cannot open in September due to COVID-19?
We find this circumstance unlikely, however, if the school cannot open in September, by government order, we will begin the school year in full distance education. In this case, credit notes will be issued as per our established criteria from the recent closure.
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 will happen if a staff member cannot arrive back after the summer break?
All staff need to be back in the country, without the requirement for any form of self-isolation or quarantine, by the 20th of August. The school can support to arrange COVID-19 test if necessary. This will be at the expense of the employee. Any staff members who cannot arrive due to border closures following the summer holiday may be required to take leave without pay. New teachers who cannot arrive due to prolonged border closures will begin teaching in a distance format.
What will happen in boarding if there is a second wave after we return to school?
We will follow the guidance of the Austrian authorities and will remain operational except in the event of government order. Our COVID-19 prevention is proactive and above well above the general standards. Our boarding houses will be operating in a small household structure which adds additional resilience to our system in handling a suspected COVID-19 case and remaining open (eliminating the need for a whole boarding lockdown). If the situation requires it, the boarding school will remain open for the October and Christmas break if necessary. Further details would be given in this event. Students will have the opportunity to return home if they wish, or may otherwise remain in the boarding house and undertake distance learning.
What can we do if we are experiencing COVID-19 related financial hardship?
Families who experience financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic should reach out to the Head of School. There are a number of supportive possibilities we can discuss.