Covid-19 Updates and Information

This page has been created to keep you up to date about the situation surrounding the Covid-19 situation in Belgium and how it affects our community or a possible visit to our school. 

Belgium is currently in a ‘lockdown’ situation until 19 April, to limit the spread of coronavirus/Covid19. Read the full update of our Head of School, Ms. Purves, HERE.


During this period of ‘lockdown’, the St John’s campus will be closed. We shall continue to operate remotely, both in terms of education and in terms of school operations.
We are extremely grateful for our wonderful staff at St John’s – their flexibility, creativity, and energy in testing times is phenomenal. The impressive efficiency and collaboration with which we have been able to react to this difficult situation is a clear result of a global effort. Our teachers, staff, families, and students have worked together admirably, while being a part of an international group has also provided us with the resources and expertise to achieve our purpose.

This situation has made even more patent our commitment to the Inspired values of excellence and education for life.

Suspension of on-campus learning  

Under official order from the Belgian authorities, all schools within Belgium will remain closed from Monday for three weeks. To bring continuity of learning for our students, we have made the decision, to move from in-school to at-home learning.

Remote Learning

We have put in place our Remote Learning Plan which will enable pupils to continue their studies from home. This was implemented on Monday, 16 March and is currently planned to run until Friday 3 April.  If the ‘lockdown’ is extended beyond this date, we have a plan in place so that we can lay the foundations for continued success.  

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Latest news

Return After the Break

Looking ahead to after the Easter break, it is looking increasingly likely that we shall be returning to remote learning for another period of time. Much of the success of our remote learning so far has been down to the preparation and planning that we have undertaken as a faculty.

I have been extremely proud of all the teachers for their energy, creativity and resourcefulness in establishing and delivering this first phase of remote learning. I just wanted to let you know of the plan for Monday 20th April, in case the period of Belgium-wide ‘lockdown’ is extended beyond 19th April.

If the ‘lockdown’ is extended beyond 19th April, we will implement the following plan so that we can lay the foundations for continued success: on Monday 20th April the teachers would be engaged in collaborative planning with their colleagues and individual preparation. Through this, we wish to maintain a high quality of teaching and learning during the remote learning phase. We have received considerable feedback from students, teachers and parents, and need to review our Remote Learning Plans in the light of this. Furthermore, the integrity of summative assessment needs to be maintained, and the planned curriculum needs to be examined to ensure it is appropriate for Remote Learning as well as objectively assessable.

For the students, the Principals would send an outline of the activities for that day via Seesaw and Managebac to help re-focus our students for the potential return to Remote Learning on Tuesday 21st April.

Once the government has confirmed the parameters of the likely continued ‘lockdown’, I will come back to you with confirmation of the above plans.

With all good wishes, 

Elaine Purves

 

Head of School

In case of questions, please contact: Covid19Committee@stjohns.be

 


Our school's communication so far

Behind the following links, you will find a variety of information, such as the Head of School’s updates and our Covid-19 Plan Matrix, which has been guiding our actions and contingency planning.

 

 

 

 

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