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Keeping schools open (corona update, March 20)

Keeping schools open (corona update, March 20)

Dear all,

There is a huge flow of information at the moment and we want to update you, briefly and concisely, on the situation at Internationella Engelska Skolan.

Internationella Engelska Skolan decided early on to keep our schools open as far as possible; and that remains our position today, our schools are open. We will adapt to the circumstances and continue to provide classroom education until the authorities tell us to stop, or it is no longer possible. 

IES has not closed any compulsory school. Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm has gone over to full-time distance learning according to the Government’s directive. 

Our compulsory schools are open to all students. However, due to the large number of absent staff, we have adapted our teaching, switching to distance education for certain grades and / or certain subjects for a limited time. This is in order to ensure both the students' educational quality and work environment. We continuously evaluate the situation and plan how we will return to regular teaching once staff are back.

Please keep reminding everyone of the “simple” rules:

  • If you are sick or have the slightest symptoms, stay at home.
  • Stay at home for two days after the last symptoms have ceased.
  • Parents should report absent students to school according to normal routines. 

Stay safe and healthy,

Internationella Engelska Skolan.

IEGS student's interview with Nobel Prize winner Didier Queloz

IEGS student's interview with Nobel Prize winner Didier Queloz

Natural Science student Jin Manlai, from Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm, recently took the amazing opportunity to film an interview with a Nobel prize winner.

She interviewed Physics Laureate Didier Queloz after he won the prestigious prize for his discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.

The video has now been posted on the Nobel Prize Youtube Channel and you can see it here.

 

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Internationella Engelska Skolan plans a new school in Vårby

Internationella Engelska Skolan plans a new school in Vårby

Internationella Engelska Skolan has signed a rental agreement to open a school in Vårby, in Huddinge municipality. The school is planned for August 2023.

The school will be in Vårby Udde where Huddinge Municipality is now planning a new residential area with approximately 2,000 homes, together with schools, preschools, nursing homes, shops and parks. It will be a compulsory school with two parallel classes for grades F-9 and will teach approximately 600 students when fully developed. If all the necessary permits are in place, the queue for IES Vårby will open on 1 February 2022.

Anna Sörelius Nordenborg, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan, said: "Huddinge is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country and needs more school places in the coming years. We already have two schools in the municipality and are proud to be able to contribute another high-quality school. We look forward to welcoming all students, regardless of background, to newly-renovated and attractive premises where we will motivate them to do their best in a safe and calm school environment."

The contract depends on a building permit and permission from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen).

Internationella Engelska Skolan to open a new school in Växjö

Växjö skiss

Internationella Engelska Skolan will open a new school in Växjö, scheduled for August 2022.

The school will be built in Telestadshöjden, a newly built neighbourhood just south of Växjö where Skanska and Växjö Municipality are developing a new residential area featuring numerous new apartments and detached and semi-detached houses. The school, which will be a compulsory school with two parallel classes for grades F–9, will accommodate approximately 600 students when fully developed. Provided all the necessary permits are obtained, the queue for IES Växjö will open on 1 February 2021.

- We are proud to be part of Växjö’s focus on education in this new neighbourhood. The school will be built according to a high sustainability standard, which is important to our students and to us. We look forward to welcoming all students, regardless of their background, to our new school where, in a safe and orderly learning environment, they can be motivated to do their best, says Anna Sörelius Nordenborg, CEO of Internationella Engelska Skolan.

- A new, attractive residential area is being developed in Växjö, featuring several new homes and now also a new school. I’m pleased that we have a free school operator investing in Växjö and building a school in Telestadshöjden, says Anna Tenje, Chair of the Municipal Board (Moderate Party), Växjö Municipality.

 

Staying Open and Providing Support (March 17)

Staying Open and Providing Support (March 17)

Dear all,

Our country is facing a severe crisis and the situation has continued to develop rapidly. In an environment with alarming headlines, social media filling up with experts commenting and one country after the other closing its borders, students are becoming increasingly scared and worried. There are no clear answers to the myriad questions being asked. At this time it is more important than ever that our students find our schools to be there when needed. We know that our schools, for many, have become a safe place where they can meet and talk to teachers and friends. They need to talk because they have difficulties understanding what is happening just as we us adults do. Some are very scared.

That is one of several reasons why we stay open when there are increasing demands for an immediate closure of all schools. We do understand the fear and worry that prevail, and we share the same concerns as we also have families and loved ones who are within the risk group. Many of us working within our schools also have our own children amongst students.

The Swedish Government and authorities urge institutions as schools to remain open and not contribute to this rapidly escalating closure of the Swedish society. We can only speculate if our authorities will take the decision to close our schools but up to that point we have an obligation to continue as long as is physically possible. Many parents are now working flat out, day and night, trying to keep our society afloat and need us to be there for them. All of us that have chosen to work within schools one way or the other are very much aware of the responsibility we have. We will stay open as long as possible and will only close if ordered to or when we find that we are unable to uphold the safety of our students and staff. Our schools are no less safe than the rest of society, perhaps to the contrary. 

The course of action we have chosen from the beginning of this crisis is to follow the recommendations of the authorities and prepare to escalate as necessary and as the situation demands.That is the decision we took and we stand by it. 

As of Wednesday, March 18, Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet Södermalm is going over to full-time distance learning according to the Government’s directive presented on Tuesday, March 17.

We have now unfortunately come to the point where we have to gradually shift to distance education in some of our schools. Our schools are well prepared for this. Our principals have full mandates to, within certain limitations, take executive decisions depending on the local situation. Our schools will focus their resources where they are best needed so depending on the situation there could be changes in the schedule. The decisions will be taken in each school by each principal and in dialogue with IES head office.

Our principals have already started to prepare a shift from classroom teaching to distance teaching and they will issue instructions when needed. The situation is different across our schools and while some schools will implement immediate changes some will continue as normal. Each school will issue information for their students and parents.

Distance education means that our schools are open as teaching is still being conducted.

IES  is now planning for what must be done later this term as there are many questions but we will address them as soon as possible. What to do with national tests, how to ensure that we can compensate for lost teaching hours, how to catch up in subjects that cannot be taught on distance (PE, Home economics, Crafts etc)? What about gymnasievalet? There are many questions and few answers but we will come back with information as soon as possible. Right now our focus is on the immediate situation and we ask for your patience.

Please keep reminding everyone of the “simple” rules:

  • If you are sick or have the slightest symptoms, stay at home.
  • Parents report absent students to school according to normal routines.
  • Stay at home for two days after the last symptoms have ceased. 

Stay safe and healthy,

Internationella Engelska Skolan

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