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AIS-Salzburg Newsletter

Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,


As the COVID-19 infections rise all over Europe and the rest of the world, we find ourselves dealing with a unique situation with boarding students in situ while our local day students remain at home, participating online as best they can.  The positive infection numbers in Austria and Salzburg Province continue to rise without abating despite the many measures put into place and we assume that more are likely to come.  Despite this, we focus on our duty to provide an outstanding preparatory education to our international student body within an environment as safe and secure as possible, even though these demand limits and boundaries are put in place that feel quite restrictive at times.  If there is an aspect of this that is comforting and gives all of us hope, it is that within our halls and in our classrooms we experience little distraction or interference; allowing us to enjoy and cater to the heightened attentiveness and serious focus that has also become contagious among our students.
 

We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.

Headmaster McLean

Day Students Move In

Due to recent restrictions put in place by the Austrian authorities, our day students in grades 9 through 12 were required to learn from home as of this past Monday. In response to this, AIS-Salzburg extended an invitation to all of our day students grades 9 through 12 to move into the school and become a full boarder until this restriction is lifted. Many day students accepted the invitation and produced a negative COVID-19 test result prior to moving in this week.

Despite these challenging times, there is an element of excitement amongst the student body with the new boarders (and friends) living amongst them. 
Photos: Four of six day students who moved into the dormitories this week. 

Day students who opted not to move in are learning from home via Google Classroom and are able to visit teachers of core classes after school hours to ask any questions they have. 

As a small boarding school, we are lucky that we are more easily able to adapt and move forward with regards to the handling of the pandemic. AIS-Salzburg administration and staff will continue to find innovative ways to make sure our students receive the education they need as efficiently as possible. 
Photo: Mr. Lichty giving after school lessons to a day student. 

2020-2021 Student Council Update

This school year we had enough interest from several students to hold an actual election for the four student council positions up for election: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. As part of their campaigns, each candidate was asked to hold a 2-minute speech at one of our school’s hall meetings and then participate in a 5-minute Q&A. Some of the major questions from the student body dealt with day-to-day life, the student lounge and the various ways to counterbalance some restrictions in place due to CoVid19. All candidates did a tremendous job and should be proud of themselves for holding such great campaigns. 

After the ballots were counted, Ian H. was announced as President, Dimana D. as Vice President, Gunnar S. as Treasurer and Leyzer T. S. as Secretary. 

In their first student council meeting post elections (photo above), students discussed the upcoming activities and fundraising events to help sponsor a school Halloween dance. Some of the proposed ideas were a bake sale as well as a gaming tournament with a buy-in of 5€. The student council also discussed the current community service opportunity ‘Operation Christmas Child’ as well as other opportunities available.

On their agenda for next week, the student council will work on prioritizing a list of suggestions from the student body on ways to counterbalance this year’s changes due to CoVid19 as well as other weekend programming students can participate in. 

Alumna Interview: Laura Rheintgen, 1978-1980

Laura Rheintgen (formerly Schiedel) was a student at Salzburg International Preparatory School (SIPS) during the early years of it's existence and more than a decade before the name was changed to the American International School - Salzburg. 

In this interview below, Laura describes her experience at SIPS, what the school was like back then, and how it changed her life forever. 
Read Interview

Up-to-Date Corona Virus Information in Austria

Ampelsystem - ‘Traffic Light System’
Current Level in Salzburg: Orange

As of 12:00 pm, October 23rd, 2020
For the first time the city of Salzburg remains is at, orange which means the following new precautionary measures are in place for students of AIS-Salzburg:
  • Physical education courses are cancelled at the Rif Sports Center and may be supplanted with other physical activity outdoors and on or near campus. All sports team practices and competitions are postponed or cancelled. 
  • Body temperature measuring as well as COVID-19 testing will increase in frequency for all students and staff members.
  • Total daily time off-campus for all boarders is not to exceed 60 minutes and destinations are limited to the Moosstrasse.
  • Boarding students may not utilize any form of public transport (buses, taxis, trains, etc.) during free time.
  • Weekend activities are on campus.
  • Weekend check-outs of boarders to parents is discontinued. 5-Day boarders must remain on campus on during weekends at no extra charge.

For more information on the 'Traffic Light System' and the AIS-Salzburg Corona Virus Strategy given color level of orange, click here.

Notable Corona Virus news in Austria in the past week via Metropole.at
  • With cases now rapidly rising across Europe, Germany, some parts of Scandinavia and to a lesser extent Austria are still among those countries with comparably lower cases numbers of new daily infections as of October 17th. 
  • On October 19th, Austria was set to red on the EU’s traffic light system. Red is the highest warning level in the system, marking the highest number of new cases per 100,000 residents.
  • For Austria, the new record of 1,958 infections on October 21st was another warning signal – but, said the minister “not comparable to numbers in spring,” as much more testing was taking place now.
  • The distance of one meter in public space is now “a legally binding requirement again,” said Health Minister Rudolf Anschober on October 22nd. 
  • Almost all districts in Tyrol, Salzburg and half of those in Upper Austria are red as of October 23rd. 
For more information in English on the latest Corona Virus news across Austria, click here

News & Upcoming Events

October 23rd - Headmaster's holiday. Students can enjoy a day off from classes.  
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