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Operational Procedures 2020


TIS Reopening Handbook

The 2020-2021 academic school year will require all of us – TIS staff, community, parents, students and teachers – to be flexible and understanding. At TIS, our number one concern, as we navigate education during COVID-19, is the health and safety of our students and staff. Please read through the TIS Operational Procedure Handbook below.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to send an email to the TIS Director, Jon Mudd at tirana@qsi.org.

TIS Distance Learning Handbook

Due to the 5YO – Secondary school needing to start the year online on August 31st, 2020, TIS has put together a concise overview of the distance learning plan and procedures.

TIS 2020 Welcome Back Video

Watch the TIS 2020 Welcome Back video to get a better understanding of some of the procedures that are in place to keep students and staff safe and healthy.

Child Protection Policy

CEESA Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection is a priority for every CEESA School.
  • CEESA commits to supporting school environments that safeguard children through both prevention and intervention.
  • CEESA works in cooperation with international agencies to ensure standards associated with best practices are regularly reviewed, revised, and applied in all operations, activities, and events.
  • CEESA leaders honor and uphold child protection guidelines and procedures, in partnership with all stakeholders in their respective school communities.

All CEESA schools will:

  • Actively uphold the CEESA Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement.
  • Implement School based Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies and Procedures that includes regular onsite training.
  • Employ Safe Recruitment Practices consistent with Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies.
  • Educate students and adults on Safeguarding and Child Protection.

TIS Child Protection Handbook

Code of Conduct

TIS Course Offerings

Elementary Course Offerings (5- to 13-year-olds classes)

Albanian Studies Library
ArtMathematics
Computer Technology Music
Cultural StudiesPhysical Education
French StudiesReading
Intensive EnglishScience
Language ArtsSpanish Studies

Secondary Course Offerings

 English   Suggested Level
Literature I   Sec I
Writing I Sec I
Literature IISec II
(Literature I is prerequisite)
Writing IISec II
(Writing I is prerequisite)
American Literature Sec III
AP Literature and Composition Sec IV
Creative Writing    Sec II or Sec III
Research Project  Sec IV
British Literature Sec IV
Genre Studies   Sec II or Sec III
DramaSec II-IV
Technology13 through Sec IV
Media PresentationsSec I–IV

Cultural StudiesSuggested Level
World GeographySec I
Modern World HistorySec II
AP EconomicsSec III or Sec IV
American History Sec III
World Government(5 outcomes) Sec IV
World Economics(5 outcomes) Sec IV
AP Psychology   Sec III or Sec IV

MathematicsSuggested Level
Algebra I 13 or Sec I
GeometrySec I or Sec II
Consumer Mathematics Sec II–IV
Advanced Mathematics ISec III or IV
Advanced Mathematics IISec III or IV
AP StatisticsSec III or IV
AP Calculus AB Sec IV

Science Suggested Level
Physical Science Sec I
Biology Sec II
Chemistry Sec III or IV
AP Biology Sec III or IV
Physics Sec IV
AP Computer ScienceSec III or IV
(Algebra II is a prerequisite)

Physical Education & HealthSuggested Level
FitnessSec I–IV
Lifetime SportsSec I–IV
Team SportsSec I–IV
Health (5outcomes)Sec I–IV

Languages Other Than EnglishSuggested Level
French I–IV  12–13 through Sec IV
Spanish I–IV 12–13 through Sec IV
AP Spanish Sec III or IV
AP French Sec III or IV

Creative & Practical Arts Suggested Level
Art I & II Sec I–IV
AP Studio ArtSec III–IV
AP Art HistorySec II–IV

Grading System

In QSI the following grades are used on a status report (these grade definitions are written at the bottom of every status report):

• A = All essential parts of the outcome were mastered at an appropriately high level. The student consistently demonstrated noteworthy achievement of a high quality, particularly in the higher order thinking or performance skills.

Consistency Gets the A! A-level students should demonstrate consistency of work across a unit in order to be considered for the A. In order for teachers to evaluate students’ knowledge consistently, a teacher may consider the following criteria when assigning an A (including the A-level assessment or project):

• school attendance
• completion of classwork/homework
• class/group participation

 Remember that an A is given for consistently demonstrating (in class and through assignments) noteworthy achievement of a high quality, particularly in the higher-order thinking or performance skills.

• B = All essential parts of the outcome were mastered at an appropriately high level in which the student successfully engaged in higher order thinking or performance skills.

• P = The student is “In progress” in the outcome (normal status).

A P is a normal grade for students who are learning the material. Normal pacing means that there is not more than one P in any one class. (In some classes, some units are open all year long; this is then considered normal.) The appearance of two Ps can be an indication that a student is falling behind and may need to be placed on a remediation plan.

• H = This outcome is “on hold” for a legitimate reason. (The student has begun the outcome but is not currently pursuing it.)

An H is given to a student who needs more time and more skills to finish a unit. H means that the student cannot pursue this unit any longer, as it interferes with finishing current units. A student can be removed from H status in a unit if he is up to date on all classes. To be up to date on current units in all classes, there can be no more than one “P” opened a time in any one class. A student will make up any units in H in the summer time if they are not closed during the school year.

• D = The student has not made a reasonable effort and is therefore “deficient” in attaining mastery of the outcome.

A student can be removed from D status in a unit if she is up to date on current units and if it has been determined that she has returned to an acceptable work pattern. To be up to date on current units in the class, there can be no more than one P opened a time in any one class. A student will make up any units in D in the summer time if they are not closed during the school year.

• W = The student has withdrawn from this outcome.