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Distance Learning @KPIS

In March 17, 2020, KPIS had their first day of school via distance learning for the Elementary and Secondary school. Distance learning for Kindergarten will begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The KPIS team has worked hard together, collaborated to prepare exciting and engaging learning experiences for our students

This is a new experience for us as educators, and as a school. As such, we thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation, and understanding.

Most of all, do your best to stay well, virus-free, well-informed, and as calm as possible.

KPIS Uplifting Message

As part of updating and connecting with the community, here is an uplifting message from members of our KPIS Leadership Team and Teachers.

The Leadership Team share their experience with distance learning, the challenges that they have faced, what they have learned and the positives that they have taken from it so far?

The teachers have also shared their thoughts on how their colleagues and students impressed them, the positives that they have taken from distance learning and an uplifting message to the community.

KPIS Distance Learning Communications

Dear Parents,

 

This is a truly challenging and demanding time, and it is in these times that the ethics and values of our community are tested. Thank you to those who have contacted the school directly with regards to your specific questions and concerns. We all would hope that our children were able to attend school as normal. 

 

Due to the Pandemic and the resulting closure of the school campus, we continue to work hard every day, under these difficult situations, and we continue to be creative, innovative, flexible and adaptive to your child(ren)’s and your needs. I am very proud of the dedication of all our teachers and staff. Never before have I experienced such support, positivity, flexibility and professionalism. Every single one of our people are always willing to do what it takes to make things work for our students so that there is continuous quality learning and are ready for the next school year.

 

Regarding when we are able to reopen campus, we have always taken the stand that the safety and health of our community is the number one priority. KPIS recognizes that we have to be prepared for an uncertain future, which means that we are already planning for different scenarios for delivering quality education: on campus, online, or a hybrid of the two.

 

I can assure you that the school has been very cautious and sensitive with respect to school fees for the next school year. Regarding the policies and credits as mentioned in the letter, we have based those figures on unused expenses whilst balancing the budget for the school’s enhancement plans. We are continually exploring the best options, consulting experts and  the international school community.

 

With all this in mind, we recognize that there is expertise within our community and have scheduled  opportunities to meet with you, our parents via Google meet. All parents are invited to join members of the Executive and Leadership Team at the following times:

 

 

Parents need only to click the link next to the designated time to enter the meeting. If you are unable to attend, this meeting will be recorded and shared at a later date.

 

On behalf of the Executive Team

 

Regards,

 

Dew Intakanok

Head of School



เรียน ท่านผู้ปกครอง

 

ในขณะนี้นับว่าเป็นช่วงเวลาแห่งความท้าทาย การทุ่มเททั้งแรงกายและแรงใจ ซึ่งถือเป็นบททดสอบของความเข้มแข็ง จริยธรรม และความสัมพันธ์ของสังคม ของเราชาว KPIS  ทางโรงเรียนฯ ขอขอบคุณท่านผู้ปกครองทุกท่าน ที่ได้ติดต่อกับทางโรงเรียนฯ โดยตรง  เพื่อสอบถาม  หรือเสนอข้อคิดเห็น   ในสิ่งที่ท่านประสบอยู่   และพวกเราก็หวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่า เด็กๆ ทุกคน  จะสามารถกลับสู่โรงเรียนเป็นปกติ ได้ในเร็ววัน

 

สืบเนื่องจากสถานการณ์โรคระบาด โควิท19  และนับจากวันที่โรงเรียนฯ ต้องปิดชั่วคราว  พวกเราทุกคน ทำงานหนักอย่างต่อเนื่องทุกวัน ภายใต้สถานการณ์ที่ยากลำบาก   พวกเรายังคงสามารถสร้างสรรค์ ประดิษฐ์สิ่งใหม่ๆ ยืดหยุ่น  และปรับตัว  เพื่อตอบสนองความต้องการ ของนักเรียน และ ท่านผู้ปกครอง     ทางโรงเรียนฯ เห็นถึงความทุ่มเทและเสียสละของคณะครู และพนักงานทุกคน    ที่ให้การสนับสนุน มีความคิดเชิงบวก ความยืดหยุ่น และความเป็นมืออาชีพจากทุกท่าน     พวกเราทุกคนพยายามทำทุกวิถึทาง  เพื่อให้นักเรียนได้มีความต่อเนื่องในบทเรียน และพร้อมสำหรับการเรียนในปีการศึกษาใหม่ที่จะมาถึงนี้

 

สำหรับการที่โรงเรียนฯ จะสามารถกลับมาเปิดได้   ทางโรงเรียนฯ ขอเรียนชี้แจงว่า เรายึดหลักความปลอดภัยของสถานการณ์ และสุขภาพของสังคม KPIS ของพวกเรา เป็นความสำคัญอันดับแรกเสมอ  ทางโรงเรียนฯ ตระหนักดีว่า  เราต้องเตรียมความพร้อม สำหรับสถานการณ์ที่ยังคงมีความผันแปรอยู่    ซึ่งหมายความว่า  ทางโรงเรียนฯได้วางแผนแล้ว สำหรับสถานการณ์ที่แตกต่างกัน  เพื่อมอบความรู้ที่มีคุณภาพให้กับนักเรียนของเรา   ไม่ว่าจะด้วยการเรียนที่โรงเรียน   เรียนผ่านระบบออนไลน์  หรือการเรียนแบบผสมผสานทั้ง 2 ระบบ

 

ขอให้ท่านมั่นใจว่าทางโรงเรียนฯ ตระหนักดีในประเด็นเรื่องจดหมายแจ้งเรื่องค่าเล่าเรียนในปีการศึกษาใหม่ ซึ่งเป็นความจำเป็นตามแผนงานปฏิบัติของทุกปี เพื่อเป็นการเตรียมงานสำหรับปีการศึกษาหน้าที่กำลังจะมาถึง ส่วนเรื่องมาตราการช่วยเหลือที่ออกไปนั้น เรื่องผ่อนบัตรเครดิต และเงินคืนต่างๆ มาตรการที่เราใช้นั้น อ้างอิงจากค่าใช้จ่ายที่ไม่ได้ใช้เป็นหลัก และความเหมาะสมกับแผนงานพัฒนาโรงเรียนที่ได้วางเอาไว้ ทางโรงเรียนฯพยายามหาหนทางที่ดีที่สุด พร้อมทั้งได้ปรึกษาหารือกับผู้เชื่ยวชาญ และสมาคมโรงเรียนนานาชาติ

 

ทางโรงเรียนฯ ทราบดีว่า มีผู้ปกครองที่มีความรู้ความสามารถ ในโรงเรียนของเรา  จึงอยากจะขอจัดตารางเวลา เพื่อจะได้มีโอกาสพบกับท่าน ผ่าน Google meet ผู้ปกครองทุกท่าน  สามารถพูดคุยกับ ทางผู้บริหาร และครูใหญ่แต่ละระดับชั้นเรียน  ได้ตามตารางดังนี้

 

  • ผู้ปกครอง ชั้นอนุบาล   : วันจันทร์ ที่ 4 พฤษภาคม         เวลา  15:00 – 16:00 น. (https://meet.google.com/umh-xovc-vbj

  • ผู้ปกครอง ชั้นประถม    : วันอังคาร ที่ 5 พฤษภาคม        เวลา  15:00 – 16:00 น.(https://meet.google.com/gik-ioqv-evv)

  • ผู้ปกครอง ชั้นมัธยม      : วันพุธ ที่ 6 พฤษภาคม       เวลา  15:00 – 16:00 น. (https://meet.google.com/gqp-gpjp-vaj

 

ท่านเพียงคลิก link ข้างบน เพื่อเข้าสู่การประชุม   หากท่านใดไม่สามารถเข้าร่วมได้   การประชุมจะถูกบันทึกไว้  และเผยแพร่ให้ท่านรับทราบในภายหลัง

 

ด้วยความเคารพ

 

ดิว อินทะกนก

ผู้อำนวยการโรงเรียนนานาชาติ กีรพัฒน์

Dear All,

 

On behalf of the Executive Team, I would like to express our sincere appreciation towards your work and efforts in providing our students distant learning experiences, your patience with our technology and the internet, and your spirits in coming to school. We would also like to express deep appreciation to the Leadership Team for their dedication, hard work, positivity, and support in such a time of crisis. 

As I mentioned on Monday, this is NOT the time to panic, it is a time for us to prepare, it is a time for us to put our best thoughts forward and get through it. This week has provided us with a lot of timely and needed feedback on the distance learning system. We are grateful for your flexibility and professionalism this week. 

After only four days, along with your input, the leadership team has recommended the school to provide the option of working from home and find ways to support transportation to those who choose to come to work at the school. 

We should all be very proud of how our school systems have adapted to this new atmosphere of uncertainty. Our school’s ability to adapt new security protocols has been a model for other international schools in the area and we are confident KPIS continues to be a safe and secure place for all of us. We are open to recommendations and we want to be prepared, as much as we can, for a future that we do not know of. 

Distance learning will need to continue for the foreseeable future. If you are able to do your work from home, you have the option to do so next week. Please be sure you have tested all required systems before attempting to conduct distance learning at home. School will remain open and will be your primary option for work space throughout the week. 

Divisional principals will get a head count so that we can continue to provide lunches for all who are working at school. This notice covers the school days from March 23 – March 27 only. The days and weeks that follow will be revisited and an updated statement will be shared as soon as possible. 

Thank you once again. We continue to try our best to deal with this situation. Let’s turn the crisis into an opportunity for us to strengthen KPIS…as one school, twogether!

SIncerely,

Dew

Dear Nursery – Kindergarten Families,

We hope all families are in good health and in good spirits. Please find attached April calendar and communication regarding Covid19, Distance Learning and PTCs.

Parent Teacher Conference
Kindly click the link below to sign up for the conference. We strongly encourage all parents to take this opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and development, concerns and suggestions we can possibly do together to help and support your child with distance learning.
Kindergarten conference sign up

Thank you for your feedback regarding the distance learning experience in kindergarten. Our teachers have been working very hard to find creative ways for all our students and their families to be engaged. We dearly miss all the students, we miss their smiles, laughter and tears, we miss their everyday stories and the energy they bring. We all look forward to seeing them in school soon.

We hope you will find the link below helpful in supporting you with your children at home. Each video models ways on how to support learning at home, taking care of your child’s emotional well being and providing preventive and care measures during this time. Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and healthy!

Warm regards,
Irene Gatanela

Dear Nursery – Kindergarten Parents,

We would like to extend our best wishes to all Kindergarten families and trust that you are all doing well. As informed earlier, KPIS will be implementing distance learning to provide support and learning opportunities during this time.

We kindly ask for your cooperation and understanding in enabling distance learning in early childhood as we are aware that children this age need a high level of interaction and hands on experiences to support their learning and development.

Please find the attached recommended daily schedule for your children. We understand that it may not work perfectly for all families; therefore, it is important that regular communication between you and your child’s teacher is maintained. We will do the best we can to support all our families.

Distance learning in Kindergarten will begin on Wednesday, March 18. Teachers have been working hard to put together online resources and learning packs. Parents are required to collect the learning packs tomorrow, March 17, KG breezeway at the following times:

Nursery: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Pre K1, Pre K2 and Kindergarten: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Parents make sure that you have your QR code ready to enter campus.

Expectations for Parents:

Follow updates from the school regarding overall school information

Follow teacher’s communication via line for daily schedule of activities

Help your child to follow the schedule as best as you can. Your child’s teacher will give daily learning expectations and are available for contact during school hours should you have any questions or concerns.

Collect pictures and/or videos of your child engaged in learning and activities. Teachers will inform you how and when they will need those pictures and/or videos.

We miss all the students dearly and we only wish we could see them in school every day. Take good care everyone!

Sincerely,

Irene Gorosin Gatanela

Dear Elementary Parents,

We trust this email finds you well. Today, the elementary team has been working hard together, collaborating to prepare exciting and engaging learning experiences for our students via distance learning.

Please read the attached expectations and schedule for distance learning in the Elementary School

As always, your child’s homeroom teacher is your first point of contact should you have any questions or concerns regarding the online learning process. The KPIS Leadership Team will be providing regular COVID-19 status updates regarding the school in general.

This is a new experience for us as educators, and as a school. As such, we thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation, and understanding.

Most of all, do your best to stay well, virus-free, well-informed, and as calm as possible.

Best regards,
Ben Edmunds

Dear Secondary Students and Families,
 
As we move through our second week of distance learning, I wanted to take a moment to express how impressed and proud I am of the dedication shown throughout the secondary school. I was able to “sit” in with a grade 6 lesson today and the whole class was engaged and eager to learn. It was inspiring!
 
From the office staff, to our (sometimes blurry-eyed) students; our faithful teachers, to (our first teachers and) beloved parents – distance learning has been a test of all of our wills and across the board, we have passed that test with remarkable results.
 
We continue to push back deadlines and school event schedules, in hopes we are able to have students back on campus soon. The news from the WHO continues to paint a dim picture and it has been confirmed that we will be unable to host students here at school through next week (until April 3), at least. We are still under the order of closed campus “until further notice”. A new update from school with more details will be coming out soon.
 
For now, we have to continue down this path that seems to be working and can be sustainable for most. I will reopen the student survey this weekend to get your latest feedback and invite you to reach out to your teachers, myself, or Ms. Monisha with any questions or concerns.
 
At the end of the day, this experience exemplifies why learning is a very personal and explicit journey for each of us. Education is not imposed upon us, we each choose whether to learn or not. Take the opportunity and get the most you can out of this time. Here is a short video that may help inspire you.
 
All the best, stay well!
Mr. Merritt
 

Dear Secondary School,

Well, I hope you and your family are healthy, maybe even finding some ways to enjoy your home stay this week. I also hope you are finding a rhythm and routine with distance learning as it looks like this might be the norm for a while longer. As I am sure you have heard, the government has imposed a “closed until further notice” order for all international schools. We are hoping that is shorter rather than longer. We miss you!

In the meantime, we know we will be having distance learning next week. Thank you all for the feedback from the survey this week. About half of you completed it. ( Here is it if you didn’t). From the data, most of you are doing great! Some are worried about the amount of work and getting it all done. Talk to your teachers and listen to their advice and strategies. This is an opportunity for all of us to work on time management and scheduling. As you reflect on the week, I am happy to hear about or see any pictures/videos of your distance learning from your perspective. 

Here is the schedule for next week. (Some teachers have already sent and color coded them for you.)

Secondary Distance Learning Schedules

MS Distance Learning

HS Distance Learning

Lastly, there is a distance learning page now connected to the KPIS website, as well as a COVID-19 page with all the latest information from school. Save them and refer to them often.

Be well,
Mr.Merritt

Dear Secondary School,

Here are a few expectations for the time we are engaged in distance learning. As you will note, there are some requirements needed for the school to ensure academic standards are being met. It will take a team effort – school, student, family – to make this work and you will need to be organized and disciplined to have a successful learning experience.

If necessary, you can enter campus. Please have your QR code from the self-declaration survey
ready to show at the gate and please do not loiter at school. Get what you need and leave campus as
soon as possible. We will start with distance learning in the secondary school on Tuesday, March 17.

For the student…
(1) Distance Learning is not a break from school. Monday-Friday from 8 am to 3 pm, you will be
expected to be available to your teachers and working on school work. There will be some
independent and flexible study times, but you will need to be online and available to your
teachers during the standard school day.

(2) Communication is the key. If you have a question, concern, or request, your teacher is the
first line of communication. If you will not be online during a specified time, you must inform
your teachers BEFORE the scheduled meeting time. Your teachers will let you know what
days you are meeting online and which days you are just chatting or working independently.

(3) There will be mandatory times your teachers will check in with you and take attendance. Here
is the class schedule for your division.

HS distance learning | MS distance learning

Teachers will invite you to real time meetings through email, Google Classroom and your

Google calendar. If your study session does not involve a real time meeting, check Google
Classroom for assignment details and links.

(4) Google Mail, Classroom, Meet, Hangouts will be the primary sources of communication
between students and teachers. If other tools are used, teachers will inform students in
advance of use.

(5) Online Etiquette – The online classroom needs to be treated like a regular classroom.
Expectations include being on time to class, treating your teacher and classmates with
respect and using the time for focused learning. Blocks are shortened so that the time with
your teachers is focused on your tasks and the learning. Please support this objective with
your online behavior and choices.

For families…
(1) You can support online learning by providing a dedicated spot for your student to study during
the school day. Ensure it has adequate light and school supplies. It is a good chance to check
the condition of your student’s device and your home Internet connection quality.
(2) Help your student stay organized and focused on assignments. This is a new learning
environment for most of us, so the “how to do it” will require help from home. Stay up-to-date
with assignments and upcoming online meetings. This is a great chance for all of us to help
teach students the need for organization and follow-through.
(3) Ask questions. Your teachers are available to empower you to help your students learn new
concepts at home. We cannot expect you to know everything, so let us help you.

Stay Well!

Mr. Merritt