I hope you had a nice Easter break with your families, despite the challenging circumstances. From the feedback we received, many of you enjoyed our school’s E-Easter camp.
You and your families are facing a challenging situation – and we all want answers. I have contacted our education inspector this morning to gain some insight into the steps that await us. This is a summary of my conversation with her and reflects the official position of the education authorities in Mallorca:
- The lockdown will definitely continue until April 26th and will most likely be prolonged until at least May 11th. This is not yet official, but it is the most likely scenario.
- There is no date for reopening schools in Spain yet. The final decision will from the Spanish Government and will be based on the public health status at the time. The inspector has mentioned that the Balearic authorities want children to come back to school within the third term. But she stressed that the final decision depends on directives by the Spanish Ministry of Health.
- The education authorities’ recommendations for the remaining confinement period is that children attend school and follow a daily structure, through distance learning and online lessons whenever possible.
- Schools are required to assess the children’s progress during the lockdown. Schools are, however, free to choose among different assessment methods.
We will continue to update you as new information is made available to us.
Following the recommendations of the Balearic education authorities, we make every effort to provide quality services to our children and parents: Our school will start our E-learning programme again next week on Monday 20th. By now, we have all become experts in using digital tools. Classes will resume on Monday for all groups and will continue at least until April 26th.
We have realized some families and children are increasingly struggling with this situation. That is why we also offer group support sessions with the school psychologist. In these sessions, you can receive guidance from Victoria on how to better cope with this lockdown and its challenges. Next week, we have scheduled three support sessions, one for each class. You can find the date and time in the e-learning timetable.
You can view and download the most updated e-learning timetable for week four here.
Based on your feedback and our own experience during the previous weeks of e-learning, we have further refined our e-learning programme by increasing online lessons across all classes and more face time with teachers:
- In Casa, we have added Spanish Story Time with Carmen, German with Melissa, an additional session of Music & Movement with Jaime, and a slot for individual parent/teacher meetings.
- In Lower Primary, we added Maths support for LP3 children, Art with Barbara, German with Melissa, and an additional Circle Time.
- In Upper Primary, we have added a Guided Reading Group and Show and Tell with Marisa, Art with Barbara and German with Melissa.
Thank you for your continuous support to the school. This shall pass as well, and we will celebrate together as the amazing community we are! The lockdown saves lives…hard as it is.
With warm regards,
Montse & the Montessori Mallorca team