Elementary Update, September 27

American International School of Egypt - West Campus

Cohort B on campus. Cohort A online learning.

Learning continues

This week is another exciting week as we welcome Cohort B on campus for their first full week. We can't wait to see our students and are looking forward to an engaging week of learning.

Our Cohort A students continue with online learning. Please ensure your Cohort A children continue to monitor their learning platform (Seesaw or Google Classroom) for instructional videos and posts from their homeroom, specials and Arabic teachers.

When your children are off campus and at home, please continue e-learning through Seesaw and Google classroom. Homeroom, specials and Arabic teachers will be posting and providing adequate time for completion when your child is at home. These assignments will be graded and participation will be assessed.

Reminder to Parents for Dismissal

The following email was sent to parents last week. Please take note. If you have not yet submitted the permanent permission for a person other than a parent to collect your child, please do so as soon as possible. Students should be collected as close to the dismissal time as possible. if you have not arrived within 10 minutes of dismissal, your child will be taken inside to have their parents called. If your class teacher has provided you with a dismissal card for your child, please bring it daily and display it clearly at dismissal time. This will aid in speeding up the process.

Grade 1

Dismiss at 2:30pm from Gate 2

Grade 2

Dismiss at 2:30pm from Gate 1

KG1 & KG2

Dismiss at 2:40pm from Gate 3

Grades 3

Dismiss at 2:50pm from Gate 2

Grade 4

Dismiss at 2:50pm from Gate 1 or 2

Grade 5

Dismiss at 2:50pm from Gate 1

Please remember to keep a distance between you and other parents while waiting for your child and instruct those who are collecting your children to do so as well.

Reminder regarding permissions and change of transportation

Kindly note that you are responsible for notifying our transportation department no later than 1:30 PM of all changes involving students riding a car or riding the bus. Please contact the transportation department by email (transportation@aiswest.com) or email Transportation Manager; Mr. Mohamed Abbas, ( mabbas@aiswest.com ) or by phone (02 38540670) - (02 38540671) . From 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

* Busses will leave at 03:05.

Changes to riding the school bus and cars at end of school day:

Such messages need to be communicated to our transportation department no later than 1:30 p.m. (by email and with student ID number).

If parents call after 1:30 p.m., the information cannot be relayed in a timely manner to their child’s teacher, potentially creating a difficult situation.

Leaving School early:

Parents need to contact: (No later than 12:00 PM)

Parents who desire their child/children to be dismissed early, for medical reasons or for an urgent appointment, are required to send an email explaining the reason and the time for early dismissal.

Please make sure you send an email before noon (before 12:00).

The student is to be checked out from the main gate area by the parent or parent designated adult. We also ask you to designate a time that does not disrupt a lesson. Please note, your child will not be released from their class until you arrive at school, so please plan to arrive in plenty of time.

Where possible, please plan any appointments during the weekend or during your child’s holidays, unless it is urgent as we aim to maximize students’ learning in school.

  • • Middle School : rsherif@aiswest.com Ms. Reham Sherif (Middle School Administrative Assistant) in all cases by email.
  • • High School : ishehata@aiswest.com; Ms. Inas Shehata (Secondary Administrative Assistant) in all cases by email.

Please complete the correct permissions for your children to leave with someone other than their parents. This includes drivers, nannies, aunts, etc.. We will not allow children to leave with someone we don't have permission from you to allow.

The form has been emailed to you previously. A hard copy from the form should be handed to the security with a hard copy of ID (Maximum by next Sunday September 20).

**(Even if you already submitted the document last year, you need to fill it again). **

Masks ARE required, make sure your child has them on when they arrive at school and they should have at least one extra one with them. Please also wear one when you arrive to collect your child.

Please send either a lunch or lunch money with your children. We will not be providing free lunches. You can add money to your children's lunch card from 9-11 every day.

A reminder that we cannot deliver items to your child during the day, so please make sure they have everything when them when they arrive on campus.

Reminder of General Safety Guidelines

  • All staff and students will be required to wear masks at all times and follow social distancing guidelines, on campus, in the classroom and on the bus. Mask breaks will be catered for.

  • The PE curriculum has been adjusted to focus on personal fitness, health education and individual sport skills. Contact sports will not be allowed in P.E. classes. Whenever possible, the P.E. classes will be held outdoors.

  • Arrival, breaks during the day and dismissals will be staggered to prevent large groups from gathering. Hallways will have directionality markers that must be followed. Students will wait in distanced single file lines outside the classroom and enter when invited by the teacher.

  • Classrooms and common areas will be disinfected frequently.

  • Frequent hand-washing will be required of all students and staff.

  • Teachers will ask every student to sanitize their hands before entering the classroom. Each student will be allowed to visit the bathroom to wash their hands.

  • Teachers will be provided with the necessary chemicals to spray the desks throughout the day. Students are then required to wipe their own desks with tissue and throw it in the trash.

  • Arrival and dismissals will be staggered to prevent large groups from gathering.

  • Students will arrive straight to class. There will be no morning lines at the field.

  • There will be no after-school activities, community events or assemblies.

Library Books

Please encourage your children to return all library books when they return to school.

The library will be quarantining the books when they return, before redistributing to the rest of elementary.

We have a push-in library cart and portable check out system for students to check out books in a safe way in their classroom.

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Cafeteria and Food Service

KG1 and KG2 students will not have access to the cafeteria and packed lunches should be provided. Please provide sufficient food to sustain your child throughout the day. Please refer to the parent handbook regarding our healthy food policy.

The food vendors will be selling pre-packed ready made snacks and meals. Orders will be taken before 9am and submitted to the food vendor. Orders will then be made available on the class tables at lunch time. Students are encouraged to pack their own snacks and lunch from home. Please make sure your child has credit on their lunch card. Food vendors will close at 1:30 pm. Students are not allowed to buy food after dismissal at the end of the day.

Supply Lists for Students

For those parents who have not purchased the supplies for your child's school classroom needs, please refer to the relevant grades and subject areas. It is important that your child is prepared for school, safe in terms of health, and refrains from sharing materials with others during COVID-19.
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Arrival to School and Staggered Dismissal

Gates open at 7:45am. Students will arrive and go straight to their classroom. Students should use the stairwell closest to their classroom. Assistance will be provided to students to know which stairs to use on the first few days of each cohort

  • Dismissal for elementary school will follow the same schedule throughout the hybrid model

  • Once students are dismissed, they will be accompanied by their grade level teachers and/or TAs to the bus/car gates.

  • Social distancing and mask-wearing will be required on the school buses.

  • Students are expected to leave straight away and are not allowed to loiter inside the building or on campus to wait for siblings.
  • Gatherings and loitering near exit gates will not be permitted.

  • Parents and/or drivers are asked not to congregate near gate 1.

Face Covering Requirements

Face masks are required on campus.

All students are required to wear a face mask if they are riding the bus, transitioning in public

spaces, and at certain times in their classroom. Their classroom teacher, in coordination with the Principals, will determine appropriate times where students may need to remove their masks to facilitate learning, such as during language arts time. There may also be times where teachers of KG1-G3 students will use a face shield instead of a face mask to facilitate the teaching of the English language where the visual cues or mouth movements may be necessary for learning.

Students will be working in their designated cohorts and in small groups. There is a significantly

lower risk of transmission and infection associated with younger students and also

developmental and academic needs differ greatly.

Students in all grades and all employees will wear a cloth mask or surgical face mask at all

times on campus, indoors and outdoors, alone, or in shared spaces, except when eating and in

the circumstances described in the opening plan. Only a medical condition, documented by a

doctor’s note and verified by our school doctors will be accepted as a reason for any member of

our staff and faculty or any student, to not wear a mask. Those who wish to wear

additional face coverings, such as face shields, may also choose to do so.

Please refer to the CDC's recommendations for further information.

How can you help your child wear a mask

If you haven't yet started talking to your child about wearing a mask, please start immediately. Discuss the importance of keeping it on during the day (unless instructed to remove it during mask breaks and eating) and the importance of not touching the front of the mask.

Please practice removing and putting the mask on by the ear straps only. It is important that you work with us to build stamina for your child wearing a mask by increasing the time that they wear their mask on a daily basis.

Please provide your child with a paper bag or envelope that they can place their mask in during mask breaks and/or while eating. This should be a fresh bag daily.

Please ensure your child wears a mask to school and has at least one spare mask in their book bag in a suitable storage container. Masks, like other personal items, should be marked with your child's name.

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