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Update on Fall 2020 classes: online teaching is the best way to keep everybody safe!

Dear German School of Connecticut Community,

The GSC board of directors, taking under consideration recommendations from students, parents, teachers and administration, has decided that online teaching is the best way to keep everybody safe.

Since GSC is renting its facilities this leads to insufficient control over the safety of the two campuses. Furthermore, our students come from many different schools within a 1-hour driving radius elevating our risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus. That said, we will constantly evaluate the situation, and adjust based on the development during the fall semester, and hopefully we will be back inside our regular classrooms no later than by the beginning of 2021.

We will be planning for different learning experience based on the age range of our students.

Our youngest students in classes up to age 6, will meet in online micro-groups of up to 3 students per session to provide an even more individualized learning experience than in our regular classroom. Based on the age appropriate attention span, these short micro session will be up to 30 minutes. Each micro session will be followed by a parents-assisted activity phase. Students will be provided with a window to reconnect with their teachers during Saturday morning hours to be able to share their independent work with their teacher for timely feedback and encouragement. Furthermore, you will be provided with a weekly video recorded reading of a picture book by one of your highly qualified early education teachers, and a weekly brownbag containing an activity, or book that will foster the learning expierence of each specific Saturday.  Last but not least, the teachers will schedule some outdoor Saturday morning classes at a location nearby to our regular school campus for a fun, save and engaging learning expierence. 

In addition to instruction by the classroom teacher, students will meet in a separate online meeting with the GSC music teacher to learn and enjoy traditional and contemporary German songs.

Our students, age approximately 6 through 11, will meet in two small groups of up to 6 students. Each groups can expect a 60 minute small group session plus a 20 minute whole class session. This set-up of shorter period but highly individualized meetings has worked best during our spring experience for this age range. In addition to their regular books, we are excited to introduce additional printed learning material, as well as the fun and engaging LÜK learning system to further enhance your child’s learning expierence. Weather-permitting, teachers will also strive for a few outdoor meetings with their entire class at a location near or at our regular campus provided that we won’t face another statewide lockdown. 

In addition to instruction by the classroom teacher, students will meet in a separate online meeting with the GSC music teacher to learn and enjoy traditional and contemporary German songs.

 Our classes for students age 12 and up, as well as our adult learners, will be meeting as a whole class, in breakout sessions for group activities, and in one-on-one sessions for the duration of their regular Saturday morning sessions. When possible, teachers will conduct outdoor meetings for the entire class.  We purchased additional literature for students to read off screen for class discussions, and we have other fun activities planned for the fall semester.

Since most of our classes are in their second year of a two year rotation, the majority of our students can expect to have the same great teacher and book that they are already familiar with from last year.

During the board meeting, it was decided to waive the schedule tuition increase for the entire school year and keep the tuition at last year’s level. Furthermore, the service fee and the volunteering opt-out donation have been waived for the fall semester for the Stamford and West Hartford campus respectively. If you should need additional tuition assistance, please inquire with our campus registrars. 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the first day of school for distribution of class materials, and a welcome back meeting with your class teacher. We are also looking forward to seeing you at one of our outdoor classes and online via zoom or facetime. If you have additional questions please feel free to reach out directly to our school administration or to your or your child’s classroom teacher from last year.

Kind regards,

Dr. Stefanie Mischner

Principal

Bärbel Röder                                                                     Dr. Eileen Wilkinson

Assistant Principal – West Hartford                          Assistant Principal – Stamford