The 2020-2021 school year continues to evolve at KIS. The blended learning model allows a rotation of grade levels on campus. Elementary student cohorts learn on campus for six days at a time while middle and high school students meet for four days on campus. After nearly two months of virtual learning, KIS was glad to bring about a third of the student population back on campus in late January. KIS is confident students and faculty can enjoy safe in person learning experiences, but what is the value of inviting students to return to campus sporadically for a few days at a time?

Schools around the world are navigating a new kind of best practice in education, one that emphasizes health in the traditional overlap of academic and personal growth of students. Nearly one year into teaching during a pandemic, health considerations reach beyond the initial virus containment. Schools must now factor the social emotional well-being of students and faculty, making decisions about connecting virtually or on campus that affect the whole community. 

韓国の文化は教育を非常に重視しており、他の国と同様、親たちはバーチャルな学習が学習意欲を失わせるのではないかと懸念しています。ここでは、他の地域と同様に、キャンパスでの学習、あるいはかつての学校のような学校への回帰が切望されています。より厳しい社会的な距離を置く措置の間に、生徒を4、5日キャンパスに連れてくることは、できる限りのことをやっているように見え、潜在的なリスクがあるかもしれません。 KIS 幸いにも、現地の教育省と緊密に連携してリスクを評価し、適切な健康・安全プロトコルの遵守を徹底しています。また、教員や保護者のサポートも不可欠です。 

KIS counselors encourage families to talk with their kids about how to prepare for a shift from virtual to on campus learning. It is normal to feel anxious about an upcoming change but parents can help their kids think about the situation. Start conversations, ask questions. What are you nervous about? Listen. Talk through what a return to campus might look or feel like. 

Being in the room is valuable for our students. Administrators are confident of the curricular integrity of KIS virtual classes but on campus learning allows classes to reconnect without internet lag or drops or hesitation. As children develop socially and emotionally, nearby cues from others are vital – a glance or shift in the seat or soft “um” attunes peers to one another. We are all glad for virtual learning, but miss the electricity of our in person classroom. Hybrid learning allows students to keep pace with curriculum and return to on campus for equally valuable social emotional learning.




Korea International School

Korea International School (KIS) is a private, proprietary, non-profit, nonsectarian school. KIS offers a fully WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)-accredited PK-12. As a high-performing college preparatory school, we deliver a comprehensive education in humanities, world languages, engineering, arts, math, and science using both traditional and innovative teaching practices, with an emphasis on providing internationally minded applied learning opportunities.