COVID 19

 

Monday 4th January 2021

Grades 10, 11 and 12
At ISR we have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to COVID 19.  The Kanton of St Gallen have moved all non-compulsory grades to remote learning until Friday 15th January 2021 (returning to face-to-face learning on Monday 18th January). This is for Grades 10, 11 and 12 only. Teachers will arrange a homeroom meeting during the day on Thursday with students in these grades to go through the remote learning plan – which will formally start on Friday 8th January.

KG to Grade 9
Kindergarten to Grade 9 will continue to have face-to-face learning and we look forward to seeing these students on campus from Thursday 7th January.

Safety Measures On-Site and Quarantine
We will continue to ensure high levels of hygiene in the school and mask wearing continues for MYP students and staff.  All adults visiting the site must also wear a mask.  For those families that have travelled during the holiday period, please do ensure you follow the BAG guidelines with regard to quarantine as we all work together to keep our community safe at this time (Updated 28/12/20 https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392).

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Grade 11 and Grade 12 will move to remote learning from tomorrow (12/11/20), returning to face-to-face school on 24/11/20. 

Thursday 29th October 2020

ISR follows federal rules which require students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 to wear masks in the classroom («Sekundarstufe 2»).

Students without a mask will be provided with one by the school for the time being.

Students were also advised to take masks off once in a while when outdoors and when distances of 1.5 metres can be kept – this is because wearing a mask continuously for 6-8 hours is likely to cause skin irritations.

Finally, in very specific situations, masks can be taken off for a limited time – this could happen during Grade 12 oral exams, given that the voice recording with the mask is of bad quality and would result potentially in a lower grade; in such case without mask, a distance of 1.5 metres should be kept.

The attached link is about how to handle masks and some might find it useful:
https://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/hygienemaske-diese-fauxpas-im-umgang-mit-der-maske-sollten-sie-vermeiden

Wednesday 28th October 2020

During the school year 2020/2021, virtual learning might become necessary when health, environmental and safety conditions leave no other option. We have outlined three different learning models. These models are in line with our ISR approach to teaching and learning and are focused on ensuring a continuum of learning for all our students.  

With a continuing and variable situation, we are planning for the most likely eventualities during this academic year.  We see these falling into 3 main scenarios: 

 
 

* In the event of a full closure, there will be one day for teacher preparation before launching the “Remote Learning Environment”.

20th October 2020

Federal guidance has been updated (https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/das-bag/aktuell/news/news-18-10-2020.html).  St.Gallen education department also released updated guidance for schools last week.  Our safety measures remain in place and we will continue to post updates to this area.

Masks
We would now ask that parents and adult visitors wear masks inside the school.  Students are welcome to wear masks if they choose to, but this is not a requirement.  Staff will continue to wear masks if they are unable to maintain a 1.5m from students/adults. Inline with both the federal and cantonal guidance, we will restrict events that involve mass gatherings.  We will work creatively to ensure students still have a great learning experience and opportunity to celebrate occasions like Halloween throughout these unusual times, whilst, of course, doing all we can to keep everyone safe.  

For students travelling on the school bus, it is best practice for them to wear a mask, and we would encourage them to do so.

Overview of ISR Safety Precautionary Measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • no handshaking
  • Cough or sneeze in a handkerchief or the crook of your arm
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 m (between adults, children – adults)
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of illness
  • Don’t share food and drinks (all students will continue to bring their own lunch with them to school – there are no microwave or fridge facilities available during this time).
  • Students wash their hands with soap; conventional liquid soap and cleaning agents are sufficient. (we also have disinfection stations available on campus)
  • Surfaces (school desks, door handles, keyboards, etc.) will be cleaned at regular intervals.
  • All rooms should be ventilated between lessons and every break.  
  • All visitors to the school wear a mask

New recommendations for children under the age of 12 with symptoms of the disease

29/09/20 COVID Update.
The guidance in Switzerland for children under the age of 12 have now been updated.  You can find more information here.  An outline of the latest BAG guidance is listed below:

9/25/2020: Current findings show: Children can be infected with the new corona virus. However, children under the age of 12 have fewer symptoms and are less likely to pass the virus on to other people. Children under the age of 12 should be able to attend school and care facilities if possible. Children of this age group are less likely to be infected with the new corona virus than in the family.

Our recommendations

Child with symptoms of illness WITHOUT close contact with a person with Covid-19 symptoms

a) Your child has mild cold symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, slight cough). Otherwise he is fine:

  • Your child can continue to attend school or care facility.

b) Your child has a fever. Otherwise he is fine:

  • Your child has to stay at home. They are only allowed to go back to school or care facility after they have not had a fever for 24 hours.
  • If the fever lasts three days or more, call the pediatrician.
  • If your child experiences other symptoms, such as gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, body aches, loss of sense of smell and / or taste, then discuss the procedure with the pediatrician.

c) Your child has a strong cough. Otherwise he is fine:

  • Your child has to stay at home. They may only go back to school or care facility if the cough has improved significantly within three days.
  • If he stays strong for more than three days, call the pediatrician.
  • If your child experiences other symptoms, such as gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, body aches, loss of sense of smell and / or taste, then discuss the procedure with the pediatrician.

d) Your child has a fever or severe cough and / or is not feeling well:

  • Call the pediatrician to discuss how to proceed.
  • Child with symptoms of illness WITH close contact with someone with Covid-19 symptoms
  • The person with whom your child has been in close contact has been tested.

a) The person’s test result is POSITIVE:

  • Your child has to stay at home. It should be able to be tested. Call the pediatrician. You will then receive information on how to proceed.

b) Test result of the person is NEGATIVE:

  • Your child is only allowed to go to school or care facility again after they have not had a fever for 24 hours or the cough has improved significantly.
  • Children with symptoms of illness in a school class or care group

If three or more children are sick in a school class or care group, the cantonal authorities will determine how the children should proceed in consultation with the pediatricians in charge.

What protective measures apply at ISR

Update 22/09/2020
ISR is open and operational. We continue to monitor the cantonal and federal guidance at this time.

The following rules of conduct and hygiene remain important for everyone. At ISR we follow the following protective measures at this time:

  • Wash your hands regularly

  • no handshaking

  • Cough or sneeze in a handkerchief or the crook of your arm

  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 m (between adults, children – adults)

  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of illness

  • Don’t share food and drinks (all students will continue to bring their own lunch with them to school – there are no microwave or fridge facilities available during this time). 

  • Students wash their hands with soap; conventional liquid soap and cleaning agents are sufficient. (we also have disinfection stations available on campus) 

  • Surfaces (school desks, door handles, keyboards, etc.) will be cleaned at regular intervals.

  • All rooms should be ventilated between lessons and every break.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do students who return from a risk area designated by the federal government have to go into the 10-day quarantine?
Yes. These students (regardless of age) must remain in quarantine for 10 days. 

2. What if a student presents with symptoms of acute respiratory disease?
Students  with coughs, sore throats, shortness of breath with or without fever, fever or muscle pain and / or lack of sense of smell and / or taste stay at home. You contact your family doctor or the responsible regional hospital. Those affected do not return to school until 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided.

3. What if a person in the household of a student has COVID-19?
If a person falls ill with COVID-19 who lives in the same household as a student, everyone living in the household goes into quarantine.

4. Is there an obligation or recommendation to wear a mask for school children?
There is no obligation to wear a mask. Students should be able to behave and move as normally as possible in the classroom and on the break area.

5. Is there an obligation or recommendation to wear a mask when transporting to school?
The federal government has made it mandatory to wear a mask for public transport. With the exception of private transport by the school, a mask must be worn for all school transports by public transport from the 6th grade onwards. For the private school bus masks are not required.  However, students may wear masks if they choose to do so.  It is up to the legal guardians to provide the masks.

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