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Frequently Asked Questions (last updated on 29th March 7 p.m.)

What does quarantine mean for expatriate students, parents, teachers?

For all (local and expatriate) residents of Almaty and Nur-Sultan conditions for the quarantine are the same. You do not have to stay at home all day long. 

For all (local and expatriate) residents of Almaty and Nur-Sultan conditions for the quarantine are the same. 

Beginning from 12.00 a.m. March 28, 2020 the operational headquarters introduces the following measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection: 

– citizens are banned from leaving home except for buying food, medicine and going to work; 

– public gathering places (parks, squares, pedestrian streets, promenade, playgrounds, etc.) have to be closed; 

– operation of public transport have to be gradually limited; 

– meetings of more than three people on the streets and in other public places (with the exception of family members) are forbidden; 

– unaccompanied minors are not allowed to walk the streets. Police of Nur-Sultan will be patrolling streets, parks, squares and other public places.

– You could walk your pets in the radius of 500 metres from your home

 

Between 30th March – 5th April  – all establishment will not operate (except for Medical workers, policemen, and municipal workers) 

 

Food delivery, Taxis will work – provided they will perform under strict sanitary regulations 

 

You might expect law enforcement representatives to approach you and ask where you are heading. The police have the right to follow you and ensure you headed to the shop or pharmacy. 

 

Walking out of your residence without allowed reasons will result in:

  • Verbal Warning
  • Fine in the amount of 26500 KZT
  • Being arrested for 15 days 

 

How long will quarantine last? 

For now, it is till 15th of April, more details will come from the local authorities.

 

Has anyone on the SMT made contact with Ambassadors of embassies?

This will be done on a needs only basis

 

Has anyone made contact with other international schools to find out what their action plan is going to be?

We are directed by our ‘’Bilim Orda’’ Foundation schools Board 

 

Has SMT met with the CEO of the school to discuss this matter?

Yes, we are in touch with the CEO 

 

How the school is planning to continue the educational process?

We plan to start the term as per our academic calendar i.e. 26th March. In line with the government regulations schools will switch to remote teaching by means of online platforms.

 

What platform the school will use for remote education?

The school is going to use Edupage, G Suite (E.g.Gmail) and Zoom platforms.

Tutorial 1, Tutorial (RU)Zoom on Tablets/phones,   Zoom on Tablets/phones (RU)

 

What about the students who are abroad? 

Till the quarantine is lifted, nobody will be able to enter the city and country. They will be taught remotely by means of online lessons as others.

What if my child misses an online lesson? 

The lesson would be recorded and links to the recordings will be shared to students

 

How the school is planning to deliver distant learning? 

There will be 20 minutes live-streamed lessons with additional 20 minutes Q/A sessions. 

Also, teachers/students will exchange assignments via Edupage.

Detailed info for subjects is below

 

Responsible teacher
Compulsory lessons
Supplementary Lessons (once a week)
Platform/Software
Grade 1
English, Maths, Science
Languages, art, music, PE, reading, PSHE, GP
Zoom, Edupage, SeeSaw, G Suite
Grade 2
English, Maths, Science
Languages, art, music, PE, reading, PSHE, GP
Zoom, Edupage, SeeSaw, G Suite
Grade 3
English, Maths, Science
Languages, art, music, PE, reading, PSHE, GP
Zoom, Edupage, SeeSaw, G Suite
Grade 4
English, Maths, Science
Languages, art, music, PE, reading, PSHE, GP
Zoom, Edupage, SeeSaw, G Suite
Grade 5
English, Maths, Science, Music
Languages, art, music, PE, reading, PSHE, GP
Zoom, Edupage, SeeSaw, G Suite
Grade 6
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, ICT
 French, Russian, Kazakh, PSHE, PE, Art, Music, GP
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite
Grade 7
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, ICT
 French, Russian, Kazakh, PSHE, PE, Art, Music, GP
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite
Grade 8
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics
 French, Russian, Kazakh, PSHE, PE, Art, Music, GP, ICT, History, Geography 
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite
Grade 9
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, ICT
French, Kazakh, GP, Russian
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite
Grade 10
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, ICT
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite
Grade 11
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, ICT, Business
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite
Grade 12
English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, ICT, Business
Zoom, Edupage, G Suite

Class register

The class register will be used and tracked as usual

 

Attendance

TAs and HRTs will track the attendance

 

Will we have a new timetable for this period?

Yes, there will be a new timetable published

 

What measures have the school taken to minimise the risk to the pupils, staff?

The school has been following the advice from The Kazakh Ministry of Health. Hand sanitiser units have been placed in multiple locations. The school is locked, only administrators and cleaning staff are allowed to enter the school.

Closer to the start of the term teachers will be coming in small groups to prepare for the online lessons

 

Has the school had any confirmed cases of Covid-19?

The school does not currently have any confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19

Should I keep my child at home, instead of sending them to school? 

Yes, please avoid visiting crowded places

What measures we, parents, are expected to take in regards to our children’s education?

Teachers will stream some lessons, some parts of the lessons will be recorded. Assignments will be given by means of Edupage. Parents need to make sure students attend online lessons, have a reliable internet connection, a device to access the lesson, ensure students do their home tasks on time. 

 

What about school events and exams?

Schoolwide events have been postponed. PTA members will be informed on a timely basis.

School exams will be sat online. 

We cannot predict what will happen this summer but please rest assured that we will do everything we can to ensure that all of our pupils who are due to sit public examinations this summer – whether it be A Level or IGCSEs – are able to do so. We are communicating with Cambridge on this matter

 

Who could help me with online lessons?

TA/HRTs are ready to help you e.g.  set up online lessons access, if your child misses the live-streamed lesson

 

May I enter the school to pick up my child(ren)’s textbooks?

Yes, with Vice-Principal’s permission, parents may enter the school for 10 minutes.

 

What are the requirements for distance learning?

Software: Zoom, Edupage, SeeSaw (primary), RazKids Learning, Gmail account

Hardware: Tablet, Laptop (preferably), Smartphone, Webcam with microphone, Reliable internet connection

Other: textbooks as set by teachers, copybooks, stationery

 

What if I have one PC and many children?

We understand that many families have kids that will need to attend online classes (sometimes at a time).

Even though the bigger screen it is, the better for the child, the online lesson could accessed via tablets or phones.

Secondly, all lessons will be recorded.

 

 

 

Online lesson regulations

  • Students must inform the class TA/HRT of their Gmail addresses at least 24 hours before the online learning begins
  • Please understand that during live video and audio broadcast, you should consider carefully the location being used. It is possible that children may be in their bedrooms and this may not be appropriate. 
  • When children are online, parents should minimise distractions, considering both teachers and children E.G.  walking behind, talking with children, listening to music
  • Students must respect the teacher’s and other students’ time and behave well. E.g. mute their microphone unless invited by the teacher, and not make funny facial expressions.
  • Teachers and students are expected to have appropriate dress codes
  • During the lesson, in case of inappropriate behaviour from students or parents, teachers have the right to mute microphones, ask the students to leave the lesson, or cut the students camera.

 

Cambridge Exams 

  • All Cambridge exams are cancelled
  • on 27th March – the School will give more details