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Superintendent’s Bulletin

August 3, 2020

Information Related To Starting The Academic Year 2020-2021 

Dear ECA Community,

Hello – I trust that this ECA information update finds you and your families safe and well. 

The unprecedented global circumstances caused by COVID 19 continue to affect every country albeit with different outcomes. Here in Venezuela the local circumstances make what was difficult before, and especially operating a school, even more difficult and complex. 

However given the difficulties we were able to successfully finish the school year online, due to the dedication and commitment of our faculty, assistants, staff and with your support and cooperation. It is important to mention that our faculty and assistants chose to stay in Caracas, to work and support ECA – they remained here during the summer and are now here and are more committed, dedicated and ready to start learning again with students. 

We know that many parents are concerned and anxious about the nature of how learning, at ECA will, function given the current and the unknown rapidly developing circumstances that exist in Venezuela. We fully understand these concerns. 

ECA has excellent campus facilities but our real success comes from the dedication of our experienced, qualified faculty, assistants and staff and our commitment to ensure that eventually the school will safely return to, when the appropriate circumstances permit, face to face on campus learning. 

The ECA Board met on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and have defined and approved the following criteria which underpin our learning strategy for the academic year 2020-2021:  

ECA Will:

  • Begin the academic year 2020-2021 with the ultimate objective to gradually and safely transition to face to face on campus learning when appropriate, legal and safe to do so.
  • Regularly evaluate the impact of government regulations and other local factors/circumstances on ECA and student learning.
  • Ensure that appropriately defined health safety cleansing/hygiene/social distancing/safety protocols are in place and accepted and followed by the community.
  • Maximize the student online learning experience, in collaboration with students and parents, and in line with ECA’s Mission, Vision and Guiding statements. 
  • Be flexible and adaptable so as to be able to respond to and refine learning and operating approaches relative to the evolving “normality” of operating an international school in Caracas, Venezuela.  
  • Ensure regular communication for the ECA community.

Here is a general overview of how ECA’s overall learning will function until the end of September when our plans will be further reevaluated and communicated.

ECA’s Overall Learning Plan For the Academic Year 2020-2021 

Online Learning —-> Blended Learning → On Campus Face to Face Learning When Conditions Safely Permit ECA To Do So.

Given the differing needs of supporting both younger and older students we will operate two distinct modified learning programs/schedules for: Nursery to Grade 2 and Grades 3 to 12. 

The Elementary Principal (Michelle Till) and the Middle School Dean (Julia Baranowsky) and High School Dean (Cynthia Abdallah) will be sending further operating information and arranging online grade level information and technical support sessions for parents and students of registered families during August 4 to 13.

ECA Student Online Starting Dates:

Grades 3-12 will begin on Monday, August 17.

Nursery to Grade 2 will begin on Monday, August 24.

Weekly Schedule:   

  • Monday and Tuesday am – Online learning – pm individual student support and follow up 
  • Wednesday am – Student reinforcement and individual student support and follow up 
  • Wednesday – pm – Teacher planning and Professional Development
  • Thursday and Friday – am online learning – pm individual support and follow up 

ECA Protocols for Online Learning:

    • 8 am to 4 pm office hours for faculty & staff
    • Before the school year starts – We will provide student and parent orientation technology training – encourage parents to upgrade their internet or have hotspot backups
    • 30 Jio Hotspot devices are now available for faculty/assistants with poor internet
    • Regular face to face online daily schedules interaction with students
    • Clear weekly lesson plans published in advance
    • Regular student schedule/routines are important to maintain 
    • Use of Schoology/Google Classroom/Seesaw – Permanent record of lesson will available for parents and students to access
    • Online references information and learning resources available to retrieve/refer to 24/7
    • Flipped/combination/hybrid/classroom/prepared videos etc… with structured schedule of group meeting class interaction times  
    •  ECA will establish, publish and reinforce online learning faculty and student expectations, essential agreements, protocols and operating procedures 
    • Where and if needed backup teacher and library resource paper material will be available for pickup/delivery from ECA front gate
    • Teachers/Counselors will be available to address and support social/emotional orientation/interactions/developing relationships
    • Maintain official documented communication with student/parents (not just WhatsApp communication)
    • Teachers and administrators will respond to students/parents and be available to communicate with students/parents within 24 hours Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.
    • Elementary Principal & Secondary Deans will follow up/monitor progress with faculty, students and parents and ensure regular clear communication for the ECA community

ECA Faculty Commitment For Online Instruction:

  1. We will post all class material and assignments on either Google Classroom,  Schoology or Seesaw 
  2. This will include a summary of what was covered each day in class. 
  3. We will be online and available for student questions during the time when our classes are scheduled and at scheduled student support time.
  4. Synchronous instruction lessons (Face to Face) will occur on a regular scheduled basis.
  5. We will strive to answer student/parent emails within 24 hours during the working week – Monday to Friday. 
  6. We will strive to ensure that online instruction adheres to the best teaching practices based on inquiry, conceptual understanding, local and global contexts, collaboration, differentiated teaching and continuous assessment. 

The Elementary Principal (Michelle Till) and the Middle School Dean (Julia Baranowsky) and High School Dean (Cynthia Abdallah) will be sending further operating information and arranging online grade level information and technical support sessions for parents and students of registered families during August 4 to 13.

For registration information please contact Titi Salazar: mariams@ecak12.com

For financial information please contact Francisco Hernandez: franciscoh@ecak12.com

I hope that the above information is helpful. As always thank you for your continued trust, support and understanding. 

Terry Christian – ECA Superintendent. 

ECA Online Learning Hub:

Optional online resource list 

ECA Superintendent’s Webinar May 26, 2020

Council of International Schools (CIS) Team Visit Report
The complete report contains 465 pages of information. For your reference here are some of the report comments:
“Escuela Campo Alegre is an inviting, vibrant, and welcoming learning environment, with a strong sense of community, genuine interest in student learning and well-being, fully aligned with the CIS accreditation drivers.”
“The evaluation team would like to thank: the students for always greeting us with a smile, and being genuinely interested in making us feel welcomed at all times; the teachers for welcoming us into their classes and sharing their interest and commitment to student learning; the faculty and the administration for their patience and rapid response in sharing information about the school when asked, and ensuring we were well taken care of at all times.” 
 
.…..an institution of high standards, expectations, and aspirations…”

“The survey results highlighted numerous areas of perceived strength, most notably: the safe environment the school provides for children and in general for all members of the school community; the way in which students are engaged and challenged with their learning; the extensive use of technology to enhance learning; and the effective use of assessment to inform learning and teaching.”

“Teachers engage students, employing practices that serve to achieve the high-quality learning defined in the guiding statements”

“Commendations mainly relate to the development of a stimulating learning environment, the learning support provided to students, and the extensive and effective use of technology to enhance learning.”

“In conversations with students, most students indicated that they are very happy in the school, and remarked: “when you’re in this school you just forget about other problems (outside of the school)”.

“The school fosters students’ leadership and voice and has channels through which students can give input to the school regarding their learning and well-being.”

“Parents also mentioned that they appreciate the openness of the school and free access to the community.”

“The school has a strong performance appraisal system for faculty ….”

The Visiting Team commends…. “The superintendent and board for managing to recruit and retain high-quality staff under the current political and economically adverse circumstances.”

Online learning at ECA.

The following guidelines will help parents and students to establish effective online learning routines:

Parents:

  • Monitor email and Schoology/SeeSaw updates and be sure to check in with your child daily about the distance learning tasks, activities and assessments they are working on.
  • Designate a place where your child will work independently on his/her assigned tasks.
  • Ask your child to provide a brief summary of the learning he/she is engaging in for each class to ensure their understanding of the content and of the process they are being asked to engage in to demonstrate their learning.
  • Ask your child about their calendar deadlines and support them, as needed, in submitting assignments according to the established deadlines.
  • Remind your child to email his/her teachers if your child or you have questions or if you need extra help and support.
  • Our faculty will be on hand to help and provide support within 24 hours.

Students:

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences.
  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
  • Regularly monitor online platforms (SeeSaw, Schoology, email) to check for announcements and feedback from your teachers.
  • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work.
  • Do your best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
  • Collaborate and support your ECA peers in their learning.
  • Proactively seek out and communicate with others as the need arises.
For further information please refer to the document ECA Online Learning – Community Information which has been sent to the community by email and provides important information for parents, students and faculty.

Events at ECA

The school year, 2020-2021, will commence with online learning on Monday August 17 for Grades 3 to 12.

Nursery to Grade 2 will start online learning on Monday August 24.

The Elementary Principal (Michelle Till) and the Middle School Dean (Julia Baranowsky) and High School Dean (Cynthia Abdallah) will be sending further operating information and arranging online grade level information and technical support sessions for parents and students of registered families during August 4 to 13.

   

ECA Open House Online Presentations: To make an appointment for an Online Open House Presentation, please email: admissions@ecak12.com.

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