Supporting our Children
COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) and uncertainty around this can bring about fear and worry within our community and with our students.
It is important to know that our children are looking to us for some reassurance and guidance concerning how to respond and feel.
Some strategies to build resilience and have reassuring conversations with kids are:
- Stay Positive: Remember to keep calm. Anxiety and fear are easily picked up on by children. Having open and calm conversations helps ease any fearful or nervous feelings.
- Stick to the facts: Gently correct any untrue statements or rumors about the virus. The CDC and WHO are good sources for information. Discuss that not everything they see or hear is real. It can also be helpful to discuss some of the positive news surrounding the virus. Consider media consumption and the sources of information.
- Eliminate Stigma and Be Supportive: It is important how the coronavirus is explained to avoid any person/group from being blamed. Also explain that if someone has a fever, cough, or is feeling sick that this does not mean this person has the coronavirus. If you know of someone being teased about COVID-19, please tell a teacher, adult, or administrator. If you know someone who is feeling nervous, sad, or overwhelmed, please seek some support.
QSIB is committed to providing an alternative means of education in the form of Distance Learning during full or partial closing of the school. Distance Learning (or online school days) refers to students “attending” school classes from home instead of in the physical school building. While Distance Learning cannot replicate onsite learning, our teachers can deliver powerful instruction that allows students to meet expected standards in an online environment.
The success of our Distance Learning endeavor is a partnership and is dependent on careful planning by our dedicated faculty, appropriate student motivation and engagement, and strong parent support for this alternative mode of instruction.
As of March 14, the Kyrgyz government has asked all schools not to continue physical classes which require a gathering of groups of students. QSIB has prepared for this possibility and will be continuing school using an online model. Students will attend school virtually from home using their computers and other technology. Please download the “Distance Learning Plan” documents from the links on this page for further information about student classes, the technology used, and expectations for all parties involved.