Tuesday 31st August 2021
Dear Parents or Guardians
You may be aware of some recent announcements from the CCSA indicating that there will be a reduction in some of the COVID-19 restrictions. Included in these announcements was a statement mentioning that schools may begin to allow students back into school for learning if they gain approval to take part in the “Sandbox: Safety Zone in School” programme. This programme has been created to transition children back into their classrooms for learning in schools. Please see below some of the criteria that we expect to be included in the requirements for approval of schools to take part in this programme:
Bangkok Prep will adhere to the approved list of preventive measures and procedures. We will request permission to open from the appropriate authorities and if we are granted approval, we will begin to initially transition into the hybrid model. Please be reassured that we will still be starting ‘online’ for new student orientation sessions and the beginning of Term 1 on Thursday 9th September.
We fully understand that some parents may be feeling very anxious about allowing their children to come into school so we will continue to provide Online Learning as well as the hybrid learning model (for more details please refer to my message sent to parents on 13th August 2021). I will update you on the progress of the ‘Sandbox Safety Zone in School’ approval accordingly.
We will continue to do our very best to follow advice from medical experts and stay healthy. Equally, we must all remember that it is our values of honesty, caring and community mindedness that keep us the special community that we are. Thank you for your continuing support during these difficult times.
Duncan StonehouseHead of School
Duncan StonehouseHead of School
Thank you parents for all your support and care while your children continue to learn from home. Our Primary Parents Online Learning Guide 2021 /22 and Secondary Parent Online Learning Guide 2021 /22 has been updated and we are very much looking forward to working with you to develop the very best provision we can offer. It is our goal and responsibility to continually improve. We can do so by engaging with guidance and feedback from our students, you and educational research. We will look around us at lessons learned globally to bring the very best we can to our students at Bangkok Prep.
Thursday 9th September 2021
Yes it is open from 9- 3pm at both the Primary and Secondary campuses.
Credit card payment can be done at the Finance office only.
There is a huge amount of educational research on virtual courses, online learning and synchronous vs asynchronous approaches. Before COVID-19 much of this was based in tertiary (university education) but there has been a huge amount of action research published around the world about the advantages and disadvantages of different models for different ages and contexts. One such source of valuable research is the Education Endowment Foundation. We study and draw on global lessons, best practice and professional development as well as listening to our students and parents and staff to ensure we have an effective model that continues to evolve. Our leadership team and staff have also been in contact with staff in schools around the world who are already participating in hybrid learning or took different approaches to the way they provided online learning to ensure we have the most effective model for our children.
Online learning will mirror students’ timetables from Y1 to Y13. They will have six lessons a day. On average 4 of these sessions will involve synchronous, live learning and two may be asynchronous. Teachers need to plan the most effective way to deliver content and skills for their courses being mindful of the effects of screen time on wellbeing.
Teachers are regularly assessing and feeding back to students about their work. This has to be done differently when we are not able to walk around the classroom and look at students’ work physically. However, we can observe their work as it is generated in platforms like Google classroom, using G suite and other applications. Formative and summative assessment continues and all lesson planning is informed by the teachers assessment. Should we be concerned about a student’s progress, we will communicate with them and their family and arrange intervention and support as needed. This is case by case and the question is always to understand what is not working for a learner and personalising the response. This is what teachers do, it is their expertise and assessment that is continuous and critical to teaching and learning -one thing that COVID-19 has not affected at all.
We have adapted our model for this academic year, to support families in this situation. A member of staff will be available on Zoom throughout the day (apart from break and lunch time) to answer your children questions, support with technical problems and help relieve parents from some of the stress previously experienced.
COVID-19 and online learning should not impact a student’s outcomes and external qualifications. When examinations have not been possible students and teachers worked together on comprehensive alternatives and we are elated to report that the results for 2020-21 have been the best in the school’s history in GCSE /IGCSE/ AS/ A Level and IAL. Our first set of BTEC results were also exceptional. Over 2500 grades prove that Bangkok Prep students are attaining amazing results and our graduates are joining exceptional university courses. We will continue to work closely with the awarding bodies and our students in Y10-13 to ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential.
We do not believe this will be the case but we are prepared for all eventualities. We have sustainable models of online learning and are committed to continue using research, feedback and focus groups to improve all we do.
We will have a weekly collection service for materials and resources that children need for their learning. If software is needed our IT teams will be able to support with subscriptions or through device loans.
Our specialist EAL teachers and student support teams will help students in anyway we can. It is not possible to create the same immersive environment at home but we encourage students to be present and engaged in all live sessions and to join in with all online opportunities including supplementary sessions, community and house events and student leadership roles. Students in Year 7 to Year 9 have 12 specialist lessons across the two week timetable and all teachers are teachers of English and literacy.
Secondary: We will continue to run our HOUSE activities and competitions and will be introducing live registrations each day and developing our ‘virtual community’ too. This will be led by students, for students. It will help with making friends and be good fun too. If you have concerns about your child, or students, if you are concerned about your friends or yourself, please let us know. You can contact your tutors, year leaders, our school counsellors or use the self referral on Firefly. If you are not sure about whether to discuss this, we encourage you to please speak -any and every teacher cares and your mental health and wellbeing are extremely important.
Primary: morning registration and sign out through Zoom which will be aimed at pastoral care and social/emotional development. During Zoom sessions we will be using break out rooms for group work. We will also continue to run house events, music competitions and use of Seesaw to enhance children’s speaking and listening skills. If you have a concern with your child, please contact their class teacher and our school consellor.
Secondary: students can email their class teachers at any time for help and we can even arrange some live support in their catch up and consolidation period at the end of the day if needed. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Primary: Teachers will be available on Zoom during all timetables lessons. If your child is unable to access Online Learning during Bangkok time, you can email the class teacher and this will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Absolutely! Please contact our counsellors directly. For older students it would be even better if they make that initial contact. In secondary school, there is a self referral system for students and you can find out more about our counselling services on Firefly..
Yes – back to school packers will be ready in September and we will be offering weekly collections by drive through before and for the following week.
The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. We have a range of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and these include:
Physical distance helps reduce the risk of infection by large droplets transmitted between individuals (for example, from sneezing or coughing), and is particularly effective when combined with wearing a mask. The goal is 2 meters, where possible, School ensures that maximum physical distance is maintained whenever possible including in the classroom, bathrooms, and hallways, and on school buses. Tape markings will be used in appropriate areas to clearly show where people should stand to avoid close contact. Furniture in learning environments has been set up for social distancing. Seating plans are used and students are taught and reminded about the importance of keeping a safe distance from others. Lunchtimes are also staggered and follow strict procedures with thorough ventilation and cleaning of spaces between sessions.
This will also be adapted based on government guidelines e.g we may only have a proportion of children on campus at any time allowing for even better social distancing
There will be increased numbers of adults on duty at break and lunch to ensure social distancing is followed. Lesson plans will be adapted to ensure activities adhere to social distancing
The School Door to Door and Shuttle Bus Services will resume when students return to school. All necessary safety precautions will be implemented as required. Bus Monitors and Bus Drivers have been vaccinated and will take and record their temperature before commencing the day. The buses will be cleaned thoroughly before each use. Bus Monitors will take the temperature of each student before they get on the bus. Any student with a temperature of 37.5 will not be permitted to use the school bus. Hand sanitiser will be provided and used when students get on and off each bus. Masks must be worn at all times by staff and students. Other measures may include a maximum of 5 students per bus as well as any other recommendations outlined by the MOE, MOPH and/or CCSA.
Frequent cleaning takes place throughout the day with the use of approved disinfectants cleaning products. Spaces are ventilated and deep cleaning is done outside of normal school hours to protect staff and students. Teachers minimise the sharing of equipment and hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes are provided and routinely used to ensure equipment is sanitised before and after use.
Sanitising wipes are provided in every classroom, so that children can also wipe down surfaces before and after use.
No, each family can decide whether or not they feel comfortable to send their child(ren) to in-person learning. We will have opportunities for children at home to attend lessons virtually with appropriate technology set up in the classrooms.
We will consider the situation and guidance as we move into the hybrid phase and re-opening of the campus. Social distancing and safe travel, entry and exit to school will be a priority.
Monthly inspection and cleaning, and promptly replaced.
The government is still confirming the requirements to participate in the Hybrid Model for schools. Safety measures will be key to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. There may be requirements for vaccination, regular COVID testing, social distancing, and limiting of numbers as well as detailed response plans in the event of a positive case. As soon as the plan is communicated to schools, we will let the community know.
The government is still confirming the requirements to participate in the Hybrid Model for schools. Safety measures will be key to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. There may be requirements for vaccination, regular COVID testing, social distancing, and limiting of numbers as well as detailed response plans in the event of a positive case. As soon as the plan is communicated to schools, we will let the community know. Our hybrid model will be adapted to best respond to the needs of our families. It may include a rotation where students are in school or learning at home. Or we may deliver a blended approach where live sessions are carried out in the classroom and students can participate in these online at the same time. As we move between phases of online, hybrid and in school we will give everyone notice, time to adapt and choice.
Schools are required to have Critical Encounter Plans that detail how we communicate and respond. This will be shared ahead of time so that everyone understands what responses will be needed including the closing of classes, sanitising of spaces and isolation requirements.
If it is safe and within regulations then non contact physical activities will be planned for students.
Please contact the primary or secondary office who will pass the information to your child’s teachers. We will put individual plans in place and do all we can to support individuals learning in different time zones.
Bangkok Prep Primary Campus
23 Sukhumvit 53, Vadhana
Bangkok Prep Secondary Campus
77 Sukhumvit 77, Vadhana