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Update from May 29th

Dear Parents,

On May 18th the school opened its doors and gates again for the children and the lessons. Thanks to your help, the restart went smoothly and the children started lessons safely and happily. The OVS Kaisermühlen team would like to thank you for your support during the homeschooling period and the great preparation of the children for the new routines at school.

Update from 13.5 at 5.30pm

Dear Parents,

We wanted to get in contact with you before school resumes next week to clarify how things will work in the classroom. As happy as we are to finally see our students in person again, our face-to-face contact will be significantly altered as we prioritize the health of your children and our staff.

Lessons, as the children know them, will not be taking place. To comply with the regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the children and the teachers will largely be confined to their seats. There will be no access to teaching materials or games in the classroom, with some limited access to reading books (that cannot go home with the children). We cannot lend or borrow any items of stationary, so it is essential your child has all the things with them that they need for school. If they don't have a pencil/pen, they won't be able to write. The same goes for coloured pencils, glue, scissors, felt pens, watercolours, paintbrush and so on. There will be no gym or music lessons. Any creative lesson requiring materials (craft for example), will also be challenging to organise. During breaks, the children are not allowed to play with each other, or alone in the classroom or in the hallways. They can bring toys from home to play with at their desks. We cannot play in the garden. If your child doesn't have a snack, we will not be able to provide them with one.

As we teachers must limit our movements too, we cannot go through the classroom to help the children with their work. We will do what we can from our desks, however this won't be nearly as effective as our usual methods for supporting learning. Our roles will be less of those of an educator, and more of a facilitator, as the children work on their assignments independently. It is also not in most children's natures to be able to stay still in one place for such a long period, and not touch things or play with their friends, and we are anticipating this to be very challenging for most of us.

The children will have the same teacher for the whole day. Please make sure your child brings all their school books with them on their first day back. They will take them home again when their block of school days ends.  The class will get their daily tasks from their respective teachers, and will work on these independently, facilitated by whoever the teacher is in the class.

As teachers, almost our entire box of educational tools has been taken from us, and we will be facing a huge challenge to adapt our teaching to make it as effective as possible over the next few weeks. We assure you that we are working our hardest to do so, but we appreciate your understanding that instruction will look different given the current circumstances. 

As outlined by the Minister for Education, the work the children receive on the days they don't come to school, will not be nearly as comprehensive, as what they have been getting during the learning from home phase since after Easter, as we teachers are back in the classroom full time.

Please take some time to discuss this with your child. Explain to them what they can expect when they come back to school. Make it clear that these measures are in place to help keep us all safe and healthy, and they will need to be patient, accepting and understanding and follow the rules.

Unfortunately, at this time, education must take somewhat of a backseat, to health, safety and getting people back to work, and we thank you for your understanding, cooperation and flexibility during these unusual circumstances.

We are having a conference on Friday, and should anything change or if we receive any extra information, we will be in touch with a follow-up communication then.

Your team at the Volksschule Kaisermuehlen

Dear parents

Vienna, 11. 03.2020 

As you have probably already read in the news, since yesterday precautionary measures have been taken to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

The school will of course also take various precautions. For the time being, all teaching events, school events, etc. will be cancelled and the children will be increasingly instructed by the teachers to wash their hands.

However, it cannot yet be predicted whether this will lead to a drastic measure of closing the school.

Please consider already now a possible emergency plan in case you have to look after your child at home for some days. However, I would like to mention that this will certainly only be done by an instruction of the Ministry!

But I must mention that up to now there is NO suspicious case known to us at our school!

All current information regarding the virus that affects the school can be found on this page from now on.

Dipl. Päd. Edith Beigel, BEd

How can I protect myself and my family from the coronavirus?

As with seasonal flu, the following measures are recommended:

  •     Wash your hands several times a day with soap and water or a disinfectant containing alcohol

  •     Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (not with your hands) if you cough or sneeze

  •     Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  •     Avoid direct contact with sick people

The most important and effective measures for personal protection as well as for the protection of other persons from infection with respiratory pathogens are good hand hygiene, correct coughing procedures and keeping a minimum distance (approx. 1 to 2 metres) from persons suspected of being ill.

These measures generally also apply during the flu season.

 

The most important and effective measures for personal protection as well as for the protection of other persons from infection with respiratory pathogens are good hand hygiene, correct coughing labels and keeping a minimum distance (approx. 1 to 2 metres) from persons suspected of being ill. These measures generally also apply during the flu season.

The following video of the Medical University of Vienna gives tips for proper hand hygiene.

 Dear parents,

the ORF is expected to change its programme on Monday morning. As soon as the school closure ordered by the government is in effect, an educational programme suitable for pupils will be broadcast on ORF-1 at least in the morning hours.

This has been confirmed to the Kleine Zeitung by ORF Director General Alexander Wrabetz.