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HOME LEARNING PROGRAM TO CONTINUE UNTIL APRIL 14

Good morning Brent Family

As I’m sure you are aware, the office of the Mayor of Baguio City has extended the suspension of all classes beyond this Friday. Last night the President also declared the suspension of all classes on the island of Luzon until beyond our scheduled Easter Break.

We at Brent Baguio will continue with our Home Learning program through April 14, 2020. Students will not report to school, during this time.

While Home Learning has some limitations, I am confident in our ability to continue with the level of high quality learning for which we are known. There are also opportunities here for students to take on greater ownership of their own education. Parents, thank you very much for providing guidance at home, and students, thank you for showing the grit that comes with being an accomplished learner at Brent school!

As always, we will continue to keep you informed as the situation progresses.

Sincerely,

Mr. Brett Petrillo
Headmaster

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HOME LEARNING PROGRAM TO CONTINUE FROM MARCH 16 to MARCH 20, 2020

Good afternoon Brent Family,

I write to you this afternoon with regards to the Executive order issued by the office of the Mayor of Baguio City. The suspension of all classes, in all levels, has been declared from March 13 to March 22, 2020.
It is for this reason we at Brent Baguio will continue with our Home Learning program throughout next week; Monday March 16 to Friday March 20, 2020. Students will not report to school during this time.
Fortunately, our trial of the Home Learning program today has been successful! Students have been engaged, teachers have delivered high quality learning experiences, and we have learned much from the few complications that have arisen. We will take what we have learned today and make adjustments as necessary. As always we will continue to do our best to ensure that students are being provided the best learning opportunities possible.
Monday the 16th is a Day 2 on our schedule. Students will follow their regular block schedule for the day, making sure to connect with their teachers at the normal course time. Please also note that there will not be homeroom, chapel, or any other meetings outside of the classes. Parents and students will be permitted to come to campus this afternoon to collect any materials they may need for the coming week.
Thank you very much for your support and understanding during this difficult time.
Sincerely,

 

Mr. Brett Petrillo
Headmaster

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HOME LEARNING TRIAL RUN

Good afternoon Brent Family,

With the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in and around the Manila area, the likelihood of an interruption to regularly scheduled classes is becoming more of a reality. We at the school are taking every step to better prepare our students and teachers for this possibility. It is for this reason that all faculty members will be participating in professional learning tomorrow morning before students arrive, focusing on the effective implementation of a high quality online Home Learning program.

In addition, All Brent Schools will be facilitating a TRIAL RUN of our Home Learning program this FRIDAY, March 13, 2020.

What this means is we are asking ALL STUDENTS TO REMAIN AT HOME this FRIDAY while teachers facilitate their learning ONLINE. The plan for this trial run is to follow FRIDAY’s DAY 1 regular blocks and class time.

Leading up to Friday, all teachers will be communicating with students to let them know what is expected of them while learning from home.

Lower School parents should also be receiving information from their child(ren)’s teacher.

This experience will help us to identify areas that need to be improved.

Once again I have attached below our Home Learning guidelines for parents. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions about how it will work for you and your child(ren). This is also available on our website.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hCCIus6XaZnRqSBXJ3H07kYAA86LokOySpeoE24a1M8/edit?usp=drivesdk

We will review and make adjustments after this trial run.
As always, thank you for your support and understanding.

Dr. Celeste Coronado
Principal

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Dear Brent Family,

The new COVID 19 Coronavirus cases in the Philippines may be creating some anxiety in our community. I invite you to pray for the peace and safety of the Brent Family as a whole.

In addition to prayers, here is an update on our response to the newest cases of COVID 19. We will continue to follow and take into account various agency recommendations. The situation may change quickly, and we will continue to provide information via email and our website.

Brent International School Baguio is implementing and recommending the following precautions:

1.    All activities involving the participation of other schools outside of the Brent community will be suspended effective immediately.

2.  Weekly disinfecting will continue every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This includes handrails, door handles, light switches, etc.

3.    Hand sanitizers will continue to be available in all areas of the school, including classrooms, offices, security stations, and the cafeteria.

4.    Daily temperature checks of all individuals entering the campus will continue. Students, families, and employees should remain home if they have even mild symptoms of illness out of consideration to the rest of the community.

5.    The self-isolation expectations outlined in our March 1 update below remain in full force.

6.    We urge anyone with travel plans outside the country during Easter Break to reconsider. It is possible anyone returning from abroad could be required to self-quarantine by that point. It is also possible to be stranded outside the country making access to resources and online classes difficult.

7.    Prepare a plan for your children to have supervision and internet access in case we need to go to Home Learning. We have been preparing for the possibility for some time.

Thank you for your patience, kindness, and self-discipline as we continue to navigate this situation. God bless.

Dr. Celeste R. Coronado
School Principal/IB Coordinator[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]Good afternoon Brent Families,

Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling the PTA Assembly scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. This comes after the recent diagnosis of multiple new cases of COVID-19 in the Manila area, and the Department of Health’s recommendation that the alert level be raised to “Code Red”.

Fortunately, to date Brent Schools have been able to continue with classes as usual; however, the possibility that the COVID-19 virus spreads more widely is real, and we must all be prepared for the possibility that we are forced to move to Home Learning. Updates/adjustments will be given as the situation arises through email, the school website, and all available social media channels.

In the meantime, please refer to the guidelines that we have developed to facilitate high-quality Home Learning should the need arise. Please familiarize yourself with this document and reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Please note that we have also cancelled our Medical-Dental-Optical Missions scheduled to happen on April 25.

As always, the health of our entire Brent community (students, staff, teachers, and families) remain our top priority and concern. Rest assured, we will continue to update you as the situation develops.

Thank you,

Dr. Celeste R. Coronado
School Principal/IB Coordinator

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Dear Brent Family,

The Centers for Disease Control issued new travel advisories for Italy and Iran, raising them to Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel. Based in part on these new advisories as well as considering the upcoming Easter Break, Brent is updating our guidelines for community members’ self-isolation upon returning from travel.

As we approach Easter Break, all Brent community members should reconsider travel to any country with a CDC level 3 (“Avoid Nonessential Travel”) or State Department level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”) or 4 (“Do Not Travel”) advisory due to COVID-19. The list of affected countries and the warning level changes daily. Please monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Brent is also adding Japan to this list based on the country’s own decision to close down all schools.

All Brent community members returning to the Philippines from China (including special administrative regions), South Korea, Japan, Italy, or Iran must notify the principal and self-isolate for 14 days off campus.

Any individuals who may have been in close contact with someone who has been infected by COVID-19, or who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, should also self-isolate. The self-isolation guidelines may change quickly, so please stay informed. For additional information on how to gauge your risk of COVID-19 infection, see the CDC website.

Thank you,

Dr. Celeste R. Coronado
School Principal/IB Coordinator

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HOME LEARNING GUIDELINES

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Who:  All Prek-12 students, all subjects. 

Why: To ensure that the School and Families are prepared if the school has to close for any reason (i.e. weather / medical epidemic / political). 

Where: Students can work anywhere (except school) with internet access. 

When:  Learning activities will be posted by 8:00 AM Monday-Friday Philippines Time. 

Students and parents use Google Classroom, and/or email to contact their teachers with questions. Teachers should be available to students online for four hours per day; this can be continuous or split into segments; in long-term situations, teachers will post consistent hours, which may be different by day to meet the needs of students in different timezones. 

Learning is authentic and can occur online or offline (e.g. reading, exercise, drawing, playing, constructing, writing, and etc. are perfectly acceptable distance learning day tasks that can be photographed, videoed or turned in upon return to school). 

What:  Teachers plan activities that relate as closely as possible to current class content or skills. The activity will reinforce existing understanding or introduce new content that will continue to be covered in class. If your child does not complete the learning activities it will impact their learning and assessment. 

Parents should not be placed in the role of teaching; students should be able to independently carry out the tasks assigned by teachers including access to the material. 

Teachers will continue to offer a rigorous program of learning and assessment by: 

○ providing a high level of detail for all learning experiences; 

○ specifying formative and summative assessments submission procedures (practice only, no submission; submission to Google Classroom; submission by email); 

â—‹ continuing to assess via projects and exams
-  tentatively, for Upper School, exams will be posted at a specific time with the expectation to complete within a certain time period. Where possible we encourage and will offer online group conversations (e.g. Google Hangouts ) or sending of videos/photos of work and the like.   

How:  Students in Grades 3-12 will access their content via Google Classroom. 

Options for PreK-2:

  1. Student work will be emailed to parents via parent email.
  2. If there is time, parents will be taught to use Google Classroom. Student email addresses will be made for parents of students from PreK-2 for access to Google Classroom or by other means.
  3.  Students will be assigned tasks  on Raz Kids and other online programs specified by the teacher.

Help:  Here is a helpful video for Google Classroom to assist you. Please have your child show you that they are able to access their Google Classroom and contact your child’s teacher if they need assistance.

Here are other helpful videos for Google Hangout:  How To Enable Gmail Hangout Chat [Tutorial]

How to Use Google Hangouts for Video Conferencing

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