Back to School - September 2020 - 2021

Welcome back to GMS!

We are delighted to confirm that we will be offering 100% on-site education to all year groups in a Blended Learning scenario.
Based on directives received from the UAE Ministry of Education and Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA), it is confirmed that the School will reopen post summer vacations on Sunday, August 30, 2020. 

Our model for reopening is designed to include a hybrid approach, 100% remote learning and 100% in-person classes, depending on the individual needs of students, parent choice and examination grade requirements.
The three scenarios will run in parallel, and parents may choose the option that suits their child the best.  All groups of students will have access to highest quality in terms of lessons, teaching and learning. Do note that the choice to send their child to school (or not) rests solely with the parents. 


Option 1:

100% in School: In-person lessons in the classroom 

The class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students in KG and 15 students in Grades 1 and above. 

Students will come to school on every working day. Students of a class will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B. While Group A is accessing in-person lessons in the classroom or laboratory (if applicable), Group B will have a day of synchronous group study in another learning space, under the supervision of a teacher.
 
On the following working day, Group B will access the in-person lessons in the classroom or laboratory (if applicable), while Group A will have a day of synchronous group study in another learning space, under the supervision of a teacher. On the day of the teacher-led synchronous group study, students will participate in activities designed to reinforce the concepts taught, make and take notes, and solve worksheets and practice papers related to the concepts.
 
This option is only available for teacher's wards, children of healthcare workers, and in instances where both parents are working. 
 
Parents choosing this option are requested to go through the GMS Health and Safety Guidelines very carefully. Please also read the BBT Transport Protocols if your child will be using school transport.  

Option 2:
 
Hybrid Approach – Blended Learning with 50% in-person classes and 50% remote learning through MS Teams

The class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students in KG and 15 students in Grades 1 and above. 

Students will come to school on every alternate working day. Students of a class will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B. While Group A is accessing in-person lessons in the classroom or laboratory (if applicable), Group B will have a day of remote synchronous group study under the supervision of a teacher.
 
On the following working day, Group B will access the in-person lessons in the classroom or laboratory (if applicable), while Group A will have a day of remote synchronous group study under the supervision of a teacher.  On the day of the synchronous group study, students will make and take notes, and solve worksheets and practice papers related to the concepts that have been taught.
 
This is the most recommended option.
 
Parents choosing this option are requested to go through the GMS Health and Safety Guidelines very carefully. Please also read the BBT Transport Protocols if your child will be using school transport. 
 
Option 3:
 
100% at home – 100% Remote Learning through MS Teams
 
Students of a class will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B. While Group A is attending the live telecast of the lesson being conducted in the classroom or laboratory (if applicable), Group B will have a day of remote synchronous group study under the supervision of a teacher. 
 
On the following working day, Group B will attend the live telecast of the lesson being conducted in the classroom or laboratory (if applicable), while Group A will have a day of remote synchronous group study under the supervision of a teacher.  On the day of the synchronous group study, students will make and take notes, and solve worksheets and practice papers related to the concepts that have been taught.
 
The school has made special arrangements for the benefit of students accessing their lessons remotely. Teachers have been equipped with hands-free Bluetooth mikes and cameras that capture the classroom and the board. Students will access their lessons through MS Teams. During the lesson, they can pose questions and clarify doubts using the chat window.  The teacher will also be available after every lesson to coach students who might need extra help with a concept.
 
(This is recommended for children with chronic medical conditions, and other vulnerable students)