Distance Learning Plan

Be Ready
Students, supported by parents, should be ready to engage with distance learning at short notice; this means ensuring basics such as:

  1. Guaranteed access to a computer and charger; and the internet
  2. Knowledge and ability to log-on to key platforms; as a minimum, username and passwords for Managebac and Office 365


This will be used as the go-to platform for the following:

  1. Task / assignment setting for all classes
  2. Message functionality for communications


Office 365
Office 365 will also be a useful resource; Email, Groups, file sharing, OneNote, Microsoft Teams etc.

Routines and Timing
We will aim to maintain normal routines; students should get up for school as normal, check and work on assignments during scheduled class time, maintain homework schedules etc. It is recognized that for some, in different time-zones, this might mean
accessing classes and learning out of synchronization with StGIS school day timings. Students should try to budget assigned work to match either class time or homework time but not both; knowing when to stop and say enough will also be important.

Communication will be key. Ongoing exchange of information and discussion (between class teachers and students) is important; aim to check-in daily and send messages / questions / information about learning in good time. Students should be ready and willing to join online meetings etc. if requested and available; these might include screencasts or video group chats (Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.).
This ongoing dialogue and interaction will support students with academic honesty and help ensure they complete assignments with integrity; students (and parents) will be responsible for maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity during this period.

Everyone here is a learner: staff and students have different roles but a common interest.

Other Important Points

IB Diploma Programme (DP) Students
IB Diploma students, particularly Grade 12s, should be especially focused on ensuring that the distance learning plans in place are followed very carefully. In addition to contact with class teachers and Mentor Tutors, DP students should also stay in touch with the Diploma Programme Coordinator updates (for example related to Exams / Assessments / University Applications etc.). Further information directly from the IB can be found here.

Tech / IT Support
You should contact (via email) Mr. Nelson (s.nelson@stgis.at) should you need any IT support during this time; he will then direct your request as appropriate. You can also call the school office as normal and leave a message for follow-up; the aim will be to keep this staffed as far as possible (getting support NOW before any possible closure would be recommended).

Library Support

There will be Library support for students who do not have English speakers at home; for example through a Book Chat with the library team to use spoken English. This might be Skyped English conversations or use of Microsoft Teams. Using social media groups already in place (e.g. Parents’ Association Facebook Groups) will make it possible to communicate the online reading options to students. The library share resources each week in the 7-days bulletin.

Parents can and should support the distance learning process by checking for tasks / updates on Managebac, as well as helping students to manage their learning routines and spaces to allow for the flow of learning to continue (all parents have been given immediate access to the Managebac Portal). Parents should aim to have discussions with their children about the lessons they are completing, as well as encouraging their child to contact friends and classmates. Parents should contact teachers via email with any questions.

Updates and News
The Senior Leadership Team will aim to keep all updated and informed as far as is reasonably possible, and we will look to keep the weekly 7-days Bulletin going during any period of closure. Thus, people’s stories and adventures from their distance learning experiences will be welcomed and celebrated.

Mentor Tutors
Mentor Tutors will aim to be in touch with their mentees 2-3 times each week, to get an update on learning, and understand and support with any issues or challenges that might be occurring; students and parents should contribute to this conversation.

We must all remain mindful of our well-being during a period of distance learning; schedule and plan time away from screens, and as far as possible aim for fresh air and exercise on a daily basis.