We spoke to a representative from Jakarta Multicultural School to get updates on its current situation and the home-based learning system the school offers.
Please tell us a bit about Jakarta Multicultural School’s current school-from-home arrangement.
JMS’ Home-based Learning (HBL) is a combination of online face-to-face (synchronous) learning and offline independent (asynchronous) learning. Online face-to-face learning is from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm for Preparatory - Year 8 and 8:00 am - 1:30 pm for Year 9 - Year 12; Monday – Friday.
During online face-to-face, teachers meet with students and engage them with relevant and meaningful learning activities and tasks for 50 minutes per subject. These meaningful activities include the explaining of concepts using different computer applications to systematically present the lessons as well as “a quick hands-on activity” for students (this does not include answering pages of workbook or worksheets). The activity prepared for students is for teachers to have instantaneous insight on how the students respond to the lessons conducted. Revisions of answers during lessons are also conducted to provide time for students to raise questions for clarification.
For offline independent learning, teachers upload assignments that students can work on during their own time; mostly, these tasks are to be completed within two (2) days. Along with the assignments, teachers also upload notes, videos, and other related materials that parents and students may use for references in order to assist them in completing the assignments.
Consultation Time with teachers is also available from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Monday- Friday. Parents and students have the opportunity to arrange a one-on-one meeting with teachers to consult about the lessons.
Any plan on getting back to conventional schooling in the near future?
JMS has prepared “health” protocols that are ready and available as soon as the government allows schools to re-open. The Jakarta Multicultural School (JMS) campus sits on a 2-hectare, lush property located in the green Situ Gintung area South of Jakarta. This gives our students the option and luxury of enjoying classes outdoors, in wide, open-air spaces, as opposed to being cramped in classrooms all day long. We have also renovated and upgraded our facilities, which will be ready to be used by students as soon as they are able to return back to school.
Further, we will also maintain our student-teacher ratio of 10-15 students per class to continue social distancing protocols for the health and safety of our students. Our low student-teacher ratio will also allow us to closely pay attention to the potentials and challenges faced by each individual student.
What are some future plans you can share with us?
JMS’ immediate future plan is to welcome all our students back to school to experience and enjoy the new facilities, as well as to welcome and meet all the new JMS students and parents who started only with JMS during the pandemic period.
In the meantime, we provide ample support to both our students and parents during this time of Home-based Learning. We are committed to guiding and supporting our students through the challenges of shifting from in-person, face-to-face learning to online, home-based learning, such as helping with how to deal with the sense of isolation and how to become motivated during distance-studying. We also strive to continue to have our school events (albeit online) to promote socialization and maintain a sense of community. Our success in supporting our students is closely related to our partnership with our parents, hence we are also committed to providing support for our parents whether it is through one-on-one consultations or online webinars and workshops.
Whether it is in-person or online, we prioritize the health and safety of our school community: teachers, staff, parents, and students.