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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 operation of the school.

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).

News (updated on 08.12.2020) 

  • As part of the procedures in case of the reported COVID case in the Middle school, we tested all our exposed MYP teachers last night. Two tests have come in positive and we will transition the Secondary school – Grades 6-11. The students in these grades will have their lessons delivered online today staring from 1:40.
  • Because of our bubbles we feel that Elementary section of the school is safe. Elementary School will remain open for the time being.
  • We are in communication with the sanitary department about the next steps and will update you as soon as possible.
  • All teachers will be tested. Please continue to monitor your children at home and if there are any symptoms, please get them tested as soon as possible.

*Based on the decree of the Head State Sanitary Doctor of Almaty City  №65 from 9th of November 2020, starting from term 2 of the 2020-2021 Academic year city schools with less than 300 students are allowed to bring students to campus with a maximum of 15 students per class.

  • Early Years (both Main Campus and Edelweiss Campus)  continue to operate on a full day schedule, with duty groups
  • Grades 1-11  will attend school as normal, with each classroom sitting a maximum of 15 students
  • Each grade (“social bubble”) has a designated 2-3 classrooms, depending on the academic schedule
  • Each grade has a designated eating area, all grades spend their break times at different locations to maintain safe distance between “bubbles”
  • PYP and MYP/DP have a staggered arrival and dismissal time, as well as using different exits
  • All students, parents, staff and visitors are expected to adhere to the KIS Health and Safety Protocol and measures
  • For travelling families please note that if you are travelling within 14 days to coming to school then you need to stay home for 14 days or take the COVID-19 test (PCR) valid for 5 days. If the test is negative then you may bring your child to school and submit the test results to the school nurse. If the test is positive then you need to stay home and contact your family doctor

Classroom layouts

Each designated classroom will seat a maximum of 15 students. General classroom layout:

  • 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. PYP, Reception and EY students will be served pre-packed meals in the designated classrooms..
  • School Buses will not be running until further notice.
  • Face masks must be worn by all students older than 5 y.o. and adults while on campus. Masks may be in solid colors and appropriate patterns, but they must not have any writing. During the school day, outdoor mask-free periods will be scheduled for students. According to local authorities regulations, WHO and CDC guidelines children are allowed to take off their masks during physical activities (PE lessons)  while outdoors with safe physical distancing in place.  Faculty will work with our youngest students to help them with wearing masks indoors.
  • 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 are by appointment only. If you would like to visit the school campus please contact the Admissions team, Registrar or Accounting team to make the appointment. Dismissal routines will be modified, and we will move our public admission events online to reduce the number of visitors on campus.