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KIS Health and Safety Protocol

KIS follows the requirements of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE) of Kazakhstan as well as the recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to guide its Health and Safety Protocols and ensure safe reopening of the school in Autumn 2020.

The Head State Sanitary Doctor of Kazakhstan has announced that the mode of school and kindergarten operations will directly depend on the epidemiological situation in the area of location. Thus, KIS continues to closely monitor the situation in Almaty and will adjust its Health and Safety protocols to comply with regulations of local authorities.

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection are important principles for a safe school operation. (source CDC).

Reopening plan (updated on 27.08.2020) 

KIS will reopen for students on 1st of September 2020 in “remote learning mode” meaning:

  • Kindergarten groups (including Reception) (KG) and Grades 1-2  are allowed to attend school if their parents or legal guardians submit a written request form. More details on start times and timetable will be shared with parents the week of August 28th. If a family decides to study online parents will need to specify it in the request form, which will be sent out to parents before Monday 24th of August. Please contact Ms. Inessa, our School Registrar if you have not received the form after that date. She can be reached at. mcadmin@kisnet.org
  • EY and KG will be running on a full day schedule
  • Grades 1-2 will be on campus for half a day
  • Students who choose to attend the school will be placed in “designated classrooms” of maximum 8-15 students depending on the classroom size 
  • Grades 3-11 are to start term 1 with Distance Learning Programme (DLP) More information on the DLP - timetables, new group allocations will be shared with parents the week of August 28th. As the epidemiological situation in Almaty improves KIS will follow the regulations of local authority and reopen school for students accordingly. Chief Sanitary Doctor of Almaty city has announced that depending on the epidemiological situation in Almaty in the first half of September, grades 3 and 4 might be allowed to attend school offline (statement made on zoom meeting with Almaty’s Chief Sanitary Doctor on 26.08.2020)
  • All students, parents, staff and visitors are expected to adhere to the KIS Health and Safety Protocol and measures

Classroom layouts

Each designated classroom will seat a maximum of 15 students. General classroom layout: (will add a photo, as soon as we have set up an example classroom)

  • Student desks are placed at a distance of at least 1.5 meters
  • Each desk is installed with a plastic barrier
  • Each desk has a visual “island” border around it to remind students to avoid coming too close to their peers
  • Every PYP and Early Years classroom is equipped with a hand wash station and hand sanitizer for preventative hygiene practices
  • Each classroom is equipped with UV Air Recirculation which allows students to remain in the classroom while they are turned on
  • Each group will run on a separate recess “bubble” schedule to avoid contact with other groups

Required daily screening before leaving home

Parents are required to screen their children each morning before school with a symptom and wellness check. If a child exhibits any of the listed symptoms below, he/she should stay home and the Homeroom Teacher should be notified. If a child begins to exhibit these symptoms at school the child will be isolated and the School Doctor will be in touch with the parent or legal guardian with further instructions.

Symptoms to screen for:

  • Temperature higher than 37°C (100°F)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms
  • Congestion or runny nose not due to other known causes, such as allergies when in combination with with other symptoms
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

Daily Routines at School

  • Body temperature measured upon arrival to school daily.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced so students and staff can maintain distance of at least 1.5 meters. Smaller class sizes, reconfigured classrooms, and assigned seating will minimize the number of different interactions among students and adults during the school day and lower the density of students in classroom spaces.
  • The school canteen will be closed until local authorities allow us to reopen. Reception and EY students will be served pre-packed meals, with each group using the canteen area at different times at the Kindergarten and Edelweiss campuses.
  • School Buses will not be running until further notice.
  • Face masks must be worn by all students and adults while on campus. Masks may be any colors and patterns. Faculty will work with our youngest students to help them with wearing masks.
  • Preventive hygiene practices will be explained and reinforced by teachers. These include frequent hand washing, regular use of hand sanitizer, and safely removing and replacing face masks. Visual posters reminding us to keep a safe distance will be placed throughout school premises.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing routines will be expanded to add daily disinfection and sanitizing procedures, including wiping down commonly touched surfaces, door handles, and light switches. The frequency of bathroom cleaning will be increased. Classrooms will be regularly aired.
  • Visitors to campus will be restricted, at least initially. Pickup routines will be modified, and we will move our public admission events online to reduce the number of visitors on campus