UPDATED March 14, 2022

Contact Department: Upper School, Lower School 

Oversight Executive: Upper School Principal & Lower School Principal

Scope: These required protocols apply to all ISI students, staff, faculty, parents and guardians.

Definition of Terms:
Remote learning: also called distance learning, is the education of students who are not physically present at school. It is not the preferred method of curriculum delivery and is not intended to replicate a student’s regular school day.

Automatic remote learning: is the process for students who must be excluded from campus for more than 24 hours to participate in remote learning.

Policy Statement: To maximize student engagement and ensure the continuity of curriculum, ISI will operate in-person for the 2021-2022 school year. However due to the ongoing pandemic, individual students or entire cohorts may be required to quarantine for a period of time. ISI will work to ensure that students receive their full curriculum seamlessly.

Reason for Policy:
1. Define attendance policies during COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Provide guidance for use of remote learning for students required to quarantine or isolate due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Define policies and procedures for remote learning.

Procedures:

ABSENTEEISM

  • It is important that students and their families understand that students who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 stay home.
  • Students feeling sick are highly encouraged to stay at home without fear of reprisal
  • ISI will not reward perfect attendance for the 2021-2022 school year and has developed remote learning options to serve students excluded from campus due to illness/health reasons for extended periods of time.

Parents must complete the following steps to mark their child as absent. 

To Indicate Student Absence:

  • Parents log in to ManageBac
  • Select "Attendance" in the main menu
  • Click the "Submit Attendance Excusal" button in the upper right of the page

 

AUTOMATIC REMOTE LEARNING
A student is placed in automatic remote learning status for involuntary campus exclusions due to COVID-19.  

1. Cause
The primary responsibility for initiating automatic remote learning procedures involving a student lies with the Principal. A student may be subject to automatic remote learning for the following causes:

  • Quarantine due to COVID-19
  • Isolation due to COVID-19
  • Absence due to COVID-19 test availability and/or awaiting test results
  • International students awaiting visas  

2. In the event that ISI requires a student to move to automatic remote learning status, the student and or their guardian will receive email notification from ISI with instructions detailing the terms for and period of automatic remote learning status. Specific instructions to participate in remote class activities will be provided by faculty via ManageBac. In automatic remote learning situations, Lower School schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the needs of young learners online and may not duplicate the current school day schedule. 

3. Automatic remote learning status will not exceed the length of the quarantine or isolation period.

4.  If a full class or cohort moves to automatic remote learning, there must be one full school day of preparation time before the automatic remote learning initiates. No additional steps are required by the student or family to initiate access to remote learning.

5.  If an individual student is required to quarantine, isolate or is waiting to test/receive test results, automatic remote learning will be initiated for them:

  • Once confirmed by the school nurse
  • Only if the absence/quarantine/isolation period extends beyond 1 school day 
  • Once 24 hours have elapsed from notification to allow faculty to provide materials to the student, and to prepare technology in the classroom.

The school requires a full school day from notification of a case to implementation of automatic remote learning in order to allow faculty time to prepare technology in the classroom and provide materials. 

Any other remote learning requests must be confirmed by your principal/Head of School.