Learning During Covid-19
Our Definition of Learning
At Keystone Academy, learning is a life-long journey rooted in heritage, outward in perspective and framed by our five shared values. Learning encompasses the discovery of new knowledge, skills, and understanding, allowing for creativity and connections in a local and global context. This journey empowers our learners to develop character and fosters a joy of learning in experiences that occur both inside and outside the classroom.
Keystone Academy’s initial response to COVID-19 focused on acting promptly after the school’s closure to continue the teaching and learning process for students. As online learning will likely be a reality for some time to come, we need to continue thinking about the quality of our program and to make decisions about what will define online learning at our school now. Here are three learning scenarios that may happen in the 2020-2021 school year:
Online Learning in Action
Tenth Graders Present Capstone Projects on Chinese Society
Back on Track: Keystone Secondary Students Finally Return to Campus
Mind the Gap: How Keystone Students Learn While Keeping a Distance
Book a Trip: Love of Reading Week Leads Keystone Literati to Imaginative Journeys
Figures of Speech: How Keystone's Online Classrooms Become Creative Platforms for Student Expression
Class Act: Middle Schoolers Tackle Global Issues in Interdisciplinary Unit Sessions
Digital Leaders: How Learning Takes Place in Keystone's Cyber Classrooms
Hands Together: Stories of Service from the Keystone Community
Rise Together: Keystone Responds to Coronavirus Outbreak as One Community
Communications from the Head of School
School Reopening Guidelines
Parent Education Videos
[MV] “Can’t Stop the Learning!”
Produced by the Keystone Student Media Services
Puppet Show: “Online Together”
Presentation by Drama teacher Elizabeth Steck
Student-produced Video on Keystone Support Staff
by John Zhong ’20 & Reikan Zhang ‘20
Stop Cutting Down Trees
IPC presentation by Christa Zhu (Grade 2)
Health and Safety
- Follow precautionary health procedures Wear a mask in public settings; keep six-feet safe distance from others; wash hands after touching public items and surfaces; and open windows for ventilation three times per day.
- Keep warm in morning and night Wear warm clothing (coat, windproof jacket) during outdoor activities in the morning. Use adequate blankets as you sleep at night. The large temperature changes your body can experience during this season can have an effect on your health.
- Respect your limits during outdoor activities and sports Avoid activities with underlying risks (climbing, long-distance hiking, fast cycling, grueling match) unless you are fully prepared for these activities. Do not try things beyond your physical or skill limitations.
- Avoid foods and beverages that may be unsafe, especially from street vendors or markets When in doubt, drink filtered/bottled water and avoid any food that is not thoroughly cooked. Wash your hands before and after every meal.
- For many reasons, traveling is still not recommended in this period
- Colleagues still in the 14-day self-health observation period. Wherever you are from, if you have returned to Beijing less than 14 days ago, you need to stay home for the self-health observation. During this period, you should report your daily body temperature to the Keystone Health Center through this link. Other symptoms you should pay attention to are cough, shortness of breath, muscle ache, fatigue, headache and sore throat.
- Colleagues who are not feeling well. If you feel sick, regardless of whether or not you have a fever, we suggest you stay at home and rest. We encourage you to contact the Keystone Health Center Hotline 1871-0190-387 if you are not sure if you should come to school.
- Colleagues who have had close contact with confirmed or suspected cases, or the asymptomatic infected. In this case, you are required to report to CDC and be quarantined for 14 days from the last contact day.
- Colleagues whose family member has fever. If you live in the same apartment with him/her, you are not recommended to come to school until your family member has been excluded from COVID-19 infection and fully recovered for more than 3 days.
- Surgical masks can effectively block the spread of droplets, which is the main way coronavirus is spread.
- Masks must be worn in public places (such as library, canteen) or crowded offices/classrooms. “Crowded” refers to places where more than half of the seats are taken.
- Masks are recommended for non-crowded indoor offices and classrooms.
If you must hold in-person meetings, please control the number of participants in the room and use a larger meeting room to ensure low population density (=6 feet between participants.) When talking face to face, please wear a mask.