- Will school open for everyone on January 18th 2021?
- Will online school be offered even if after school reopens in January?
- Could there be a possibility that students are in school ( sometime in the future) while teachers are virtual (if they are not in Mumbai)?
- How will transportation work to and from school once we reopen on campus? Bussing services will not be available until at least weeks following a return to campus.
- Might we have a staggered start to school, one that would see one section of the school return before others?
- Will kids in Mumbai have the option of virtual learning depending on the scenario in the area one is residing?
- How will students be grouped?
- How will students socialize with each other between classes?
- Are there different protocols for the different divisions of the school?
- Does my child have to attend in person when the campus is open?
- Can the school guarantee that social distancing takes place e.g. keeping children 2m apart?
- What should my child bring to school each day?
- Will ASB install plexiglass or other partitions in order to support distancing requirement?
- I am returning to Mumbai from overseas. What do I need to know?
Yes. Virtual learning will continue for the remainder of the 2020/21 school year.
We all share a common goal: to keep our children and all those we care about as safe as possible. In striving to meet this goal, ASB recognizes the different cultural, family, and individual norms associated with risk acceptance and aversion.
ASB will maintain "bubble" groups of students, based on learning needs, scheduled, and available space. In the secondary school group sizes will minimize mixing of students. In the elementary school, class group divided into two smaller cohorts, lowering to smaller cohort sizes for our youngest students.
ASB's social distancing requirement is based on the US standard of 6 feet (1.8m). Our teams will reinforce this expectation throughout the day, signage will be highly visible, and parent support from home will be encouraged.
The cohort group size for younger students will be smaller in recognition of the unique challenges in maintaining expectations for our youngest learners.
- My child is feeling anxious about coming back to school, how can I prepare him/her?
- What if my child is upset during the day? Will you still be able to comfort him/her?
- How will ASB support my child’s emotional well-being?
Watch the Health Support video on the 'Welcome Back' page with your child.
Download and read the 'Stay Safe at ASB' document, and discuss with your child.
Our Counseling Team will continue to provide all students access to services, in person or virtually. On campus support will be available based on the division and/or rotation of the counseling staff.
ASB's mental health team will run sessions for parents and students early in the school year, and are available for individual support. Our Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning program will continue to be at the core of our work with students. All educators will engage in a range of professional sessions around building resilience within a trauma-informed culture.
- Is there a possibility of finding a way to access 1) the library and/or 2) the basketball court? Can we find a way to access these facilities while still adhering to physical distancing requirements, even while physical school is not yet up and running?
- Have you already tied up with hospitals? If not would you tie up with different ones in different places in the city?
- Will students need PPE?
- How many nurses and health professionals are on campus?
- How are we guaranteeing the quarantine for families returning to India?
- What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in school?
- What is the school’s position on high-risk and elderly employees?
- Which parts of the community are informed about what types of incidents within the community?
- What will happen if a child in the class shows symptoms?
- Do all students and staff members need to be screened each day?
- Can students or teachers use a face shield instead of a cloth face covering?
- What is the physical distancing required as part of a school reopening plan; what is it based on?
CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.
Some people may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with other people is expected. A mask will also need to be worn.
- Will students be able to continue to use soft furnishings?
- How are counselors offices and conference rooms being cleaned between sessions?
- How are school materials used by several kids being cleaned and monitored?
- How often are common spaces cleaned and what is the procedure?
- What training will be provided to cleaning staff?
- If we struggle to do all requirements of virtual program, does it make sense to expand time during Phase 1 for more?
- Is there a similar webinar like NESA for kids?
- Will our school calendar change at all? Specifically, are all holidays staying in place, or will things be moved as we see fit?
- For IB students, how will the 11th graders be able to complete their CAS hours? Since school will be taking place online.
- How will PE classes be structured?
- Will students be able to meet teachers 1-1 for help after school?
- What will the co-curriculars and ASA programs look like?
- Can my children (siblings) play with each other at break time?
- Will children be confined to the same classroom environment most of the day?
- Will my child be expected to share resources, such as pens and pencils?
For on-campus PE instruction, students will remain in their "bubble" or smaller cohort group. On the elementary campus, individual members of our PE team will be allocated to a two grade level groups and will be working with a maximum of ten students at any one time. On the senior campus, regular PE classes will be scheduled for bubble groups of students.
Cleaning will occur between classes (including any equipment). Where possible, materials will be allocated to cohort groups (i.e. balls, bats, etc).
Students will be able to meet the teachers who are allocated to their bubble group on campus during the school day. Any after school meetings will occur virtually as the deep cleaning of each campus will commence immediately after students and teachers depart. Students will only be able to meet teachers outside their bubble group virtually.