OUR DEFINITION OF LEARNING
At Keystone Academy, learning is a life-long journey rooted in heritage, outward in perspective, and framed by our five shared values. Learning encompasses the discovery of new knowledge, skills and understanding, allowing for inquiry, creativity and connections in a local and global context. This journey empowers our learners to develop character and fosters a joy of learning in experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
KEYSTONE ACADEMY'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Our school community has two important values related to operating during a pandemic.
1. Maximize the health, safety, and well-being of our community
2. Ensure our students access to the best learning environments possible, including as much on-campus learning as is feasible.
We carefully attend to campus safety by cooperating with local health and educational authorities and continuing to iterate our approaches to supporting our students as the context evolves.
Students and teachers work remotely from home and connect virtually using the platforms established for this purpose.
Distance Learning serves several key functions within the recent reality, providing a platform for education when the school campus is closed. Teachers meet students online during the regularly scheduled classes on Live Lessons and at additional times as needed. This scenario is typically associated with higher levels of risk of virus transmission (levels 1 & 2)
The campus is open, and many students are on campus.
The Blended Learning model is a combination of on-campus face-to-face interactions with teachers who are in Beijing, and virtual Live Lessons from teachers not currently in Beijing. Some teachers and students might be outside of Beijing or China due to government and travel restrictions. Teachers not in Beijing work with a Teacher Partner who supports learning face-to-face in the classroom. This scenario is typically associated with a medium risk of virus transmission (levels 2 & 3).
Everyone is back on campus.
When students and teachers are all able to be on campus, we are able to deliver our program in our customary manner or with varying degrees of modification. These modifications are based on the level of risk of virus transmission. Essential elements of Distance Learning are used to support and enhance our program. This scenario is typically associated with lower levels of risk (levels 3 & 4)
PARENT EDUCATION VIDEOS
[MV] “Can’t Stop the Learning!”
Produced by the Keystone Student Media Services
Puppet Show: “Online Together”
Presentation by Drama teacher Elizabeth Steck
Student-produced Video on Keystone Support Staff
By John Zhong ’20 & Reikan Zhang ‘20
Stop Cutting Down Trees
IPC presentation by Christa Zhu (Grade 2)
Guide Your Children Into Wise Use of Electronics
Presentation by CSD Counselor Jean Fu and Cecilia Ding
Distance Learning Refresher Course for Primary Parents
Presentation by Innovation Coach Penny Ma
Distance Learning Refresher Course for Secondary Parents
Presentation by Innovation Coach Eric Johnston
MORE RESOURCES AND GUIDES
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Follow precautionary health procedures Wear a mask in public settings; keep six-feet safe distance from others; wash hands after touching public items and surfaces; and open windows for ventilation three times per day.
Keep warm in morning and night Wear warm clothing (coat, windproof jacket) during outdoor activities in the morning. Use adequate blankets as you sleep at night. The large temperature changes your body can experience during this season can have an effect on your health.
Respect your limits during outdoor activities and sports Avoid activities with underlying risks (climbing, long-distance hiking, fast cycling, grueling match) unless you are fully prepared for these activities. Do not try things beyond your physical or skill limitations.
Avoid foods and beverages that may be unsafe, especially from street vendors or markets When in doubt, drink filtered/bottled water and avoid any food that is not thoroughly cooked. Wash your hands before and after every meal.
For many reasons, traveling is still not recommended in this period.
Who cannot come to work on campus?
Colleagues still in the 14-day self-health observation period. Wherever you are from, if you have returned to Beijing less than 14 days ago, you need to stay home for the self-health observation. During this period, you should report your daily body temperature to the Keystone Health Center through this link. Other symptoms you should pay attention to are cough, shortness of breath, muscle ache, fatigue, headache and sore throat.
Colleagues who are not feeling well. If you feel sick, regardless of whether or not you have a fever, we suggest you stay at home and rest. We encourage you to contact the Keystone Health Center Hotline 1871-0190-387 if you are not sure if you should come to school.
Colleagues who have had close contact with confirmed or suspected cases, or the asymptomatic infected. In this case, you are required to report to CDC and be quarantined for 14 days from the last contact day.
Colleagues whose family member has fever. If you live in the same apartment with him/her, you are not recommended to come to school until your family member has been excluded from COVID-19 infection and fully recovered for more than 3 days.
What measures do we have in place to ensure workplace safety?
To prevent the spread of the virus, to avoid cross infection, and to create a healthy and safe working environment, all facilities including classrooms, offices, canteens, etc. are following the requirements of the Keystone Disinfection Guidelines, increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfection.
What do I need to do when I enter the school?
Before entering school, colleagues are required to go through temperature screening and mobile roam history check at the entrance. Only those whose body temperature is normal can enter the school. Colleagues should return home for further observation if found with a high temperature. In this case, please also inform the Health Center by calling 1871-0190-387 .