School closed due to Corona Virus
In order to contain the spread of the Corona Virus, the Berlin Senate has decided to close all schools until 17.04.2020, at the end of the Easter holidays. Therefore, we are currently reorganizing the learning and working at our school.
In the school office, one staff member is available Monday to Friday, from 10am to 2pm to answer your questions and deal with organizational matters. During this time, we are available for you personally or by telephone. You are also welcome to send us an email at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team have set up emergency care for children whose parents work in systemically important professions (e.g. medical staff, employees in supermarkets or heads of task forces and crisis teams).
Of course, we largely minimize personal contact. Whenever unavoidable, e.g. in emergency care or personal contacts in the school office, we always ensure that the necessary physical distance is maintained and that hygiene rules are observed to prevent infection. All premises used are thoroughly cleaned daily (emergency care) or every two days (school office and staff rooms).
We have put together a comprehensive homework and online learning package for all students every week and are in constant contact with both the students and their parents via email. All students have an MS365 account, their own Platanus email address, and each class has its own email distribution list for students and parents.
In the home office and at school, we are also working hard on the development of our e-learning offer to make distance learning at home even more interactive, creative, and challenging. With Years 5-10, we want to start using Microsoft Teams and OneNote as an online classroom shortly, and with Years 1-4, the online classroom Seesaw. These platforms are now available to the entire Platanus team. The school leadership and pedagogical team as well as the students will encourage and support each other in the two weeks before the Easter holidays to get to know these online classrooms and use them intensively and meaningfully for distance learning.
Hopefully we will soon be able to learn and work together again, in this case but also if the school remains closed after the Easter holidays – Microsoft Teams, OneNote, and Seesaw will always be important parts of our lessons in the future.