As this week finishes, we look forward to the prospect of the start of Phase 2 for our region, with the further changes in our restrictions in movement within the region. With the continued general decline in new cases in Spain, we can only hope that other regions around us will soon ‘follow suit’ and join us in this phase. Even so, we must remain cautious despite the low infection rate here in Murcia and learn from the experiences of our friends in Europe and across the globe.
As ever, classes have continued as ‘normal’ at eKCM and we are pleased that our pupils are still continuing to enjoy their lessons. As I mentioned last week, our older students have been enjoying their new curriculum and exploring not only new topics but also new skills too. Even so, we are acutely aware that virtual school is not a perfect replacement for the ‘real thing’ and we have already put together our contingency plans for re-opening, whether that be in September or sooner.
With regard to the latter, at the time of writing, we have still to receive written confirmation from the Consejeria de Salud as to whether we can open for our under 6 year old children for those parents who have to return to work. We know this is extremely frustrating for those parents as, indeed, it is for us. Even so, we must abide by regulations and I do thank you all for your continued patience during this difficult time.
We have also continued to look at the physical and mental wellbeing of our community. Our Safeguarding team has been meeting regularly throughout each week, discussing issues that have arisen and also any pupils and staff of particular concern. At this time, just like any other, we are taking the wellbeing of our community very seriously and will continue so to do. Our counsellor, Srta. Sanz (Elena) is also available, as she has been throughout, and has been in touch with individuals too. We know that once this crisis has passed, we will, I am sure, experience some mental health issues within our community as a result of the quarantine. Again, we are putting plans in place for this, in preparation for September and beyond. For your interest, here is an article from our website, with contributions from some of our pupils and from Elena too, looking at some of the positives from the lockdown:
ENROLMENT PERIOD – SIBLINGS
As an “Open for learning” school with our admissions department fully operational despite the current scenario, lots of international and local families have already gone through the process and secured their places for September.
If you wish to enrol another member of your family as a new pupil for the next academic year and have not already contacted the school, please do so as soon as possible by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +34 968 033 319. Mr Carlos Campos will give you all the information and assistance you may need.
As I mentioned in my last letter to you, I and a few others, visited the school on Wednesday. This was, in part, to see how things are after the ‘deep clean’ that has taken place, but also to look at logistics in preparation for a possible re-opening. It was good to be back, even though we were all wearing PPE and keeping 2m apart!
Stay safe everyone and have a great weekend.