Return to school information

We are excited to welcome all our students back to campus, starting September 1. Students will join us on a staggered timeline as below:

August 31: Online Orientation for students
September 1: Grade 1, and Grades 5 to 12 on campus
September 7: Grades 2 to 4 on campus
September 8: Early Years 4 (EY4) and Kindergarten on campus
September 11: Early Years 3 (EY3) on campus

 

As we receive more information and guidance from the authorities, we will update this page with further information. Please continue to check back to get the latest updates.

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Review our Return to School Protocols below...

Required steps to enter campus

Before we can welcome students back to campus, there are a number of important steps that you need to complete. 

  1. Each student is required to take his/her temperature twice daily for 14 days prior to returning to campus. The graphic above indicates the date to start temperature taking for each grade level. You should record the temperatures using this form (Excel, PDF) The completed form can either be emailed to school (security@isb.bj.edu.cn) or submitted to the security guards upon return to campus. 

  2. All students are required to complete the Student Travel & Health History Survey by Wednesday, August 26.

  1. Students who have been in Beijing since Monday, August 17 or returned from a low-risk area of China, and have their own mobile phones must have the Beijing Health Kit app (健康宝) loaded and showing ‘green status’ upon entry to campus. 

  1. Students who have recently returned from a medium-risk area of China after Monday, August 17 must provide a negative nucleic acid test result (max. 7 days old) to the school nurse.

  1. Students who have recently returned from a high-risk area of China after Monday, August 17 are not allowed to come to school until further notice. 

  1. Students who have returned from overseas after Monday, August 17 must: 

  • Complete centralized quarantine.

  • Submit the 14-day temperature record  – this temperature log may include days during the quarantine period.

  • Show a ‘green status’ on their Beijing Health Kit app (健康宝) if they have a mobile phone or provide the screenshot from the guardian's mobile phone.

  • Provide results of a negative nucleic acid test (max. 7 days old) to the school nurse.

Finally, we also strongly recommend that all students limit their travel outside of Beijing within the 14 days prior to returning to campus. Students in Grade 1 and Grades 5 to 12 who are able to return to Beijing should do so by Monday, August 17 (and don’t leave). Thank you for your support of our health and safety protocols. 

Staff training

All faculty and staff who were authorized to return to campus to welcome our students have undergone training and practice drills regarding the prevention and control of Covid-19.

Attendance; identifying and isolating possible sources of infection

ISB is providing a mandatory daily attendance record of employees and students to the government, which has requested information on employees and students who are ill and need to be monitored.

Transportation

ISB will run the normal bus service from September 1. Students and all staff must wear masks to ride the bus, as well as at all times while on campus. Buses will be disinfected and cleaned after every route. During the journey to and from school, fresh air will be maximized.

The bus driver and bus monitor(s), students, and staff will have their body temperature taken and recorded before boarding and will not board should it register 37.3 degrees Celsius or above.

Campus access and entry procedures

To return to campus, students and employees must first have completed 14 days of temperature recordings. These body temperatures are recorded on an electronic form and submitted to school. Once given the all clear to return, this status is recorded on students’ and employees’ ISB community ID cards.

Our entrances to campus are equipped with body temperature scanners and hand-held thermometers as back-up.

No access for parents, drivers or ayis

No parents, drivers, or ayis are allowed into the school building at this time. Parents or drivers are permitted to drive onto campus to drop off/pick up students, but they should remain in their vehicle at all times. This measure, required of us by the authorities, is necessary to ensure safety. 

Masks

Masks are required on campus at all times, with the following exceptions:

  • Early Years 3 (EY3), Early Years 4 (EY4), and Kindergarten students are not required to wear masks in school.
  • When exercising in gyms or outside, students may remove their mask.
  • All employees must wear face masks at all times while on campus, except when alone in a room.

Students are asked to arrive at school with their own mask and we recommend bringing at least two masks so they can be changed during the day. We will provide instructions on how to dispose of masks correctly in the clearly marked bins. 

Guidelines for actions and interactions

We have strict guidelines in place to limit physical proximity and contact with other people. People must remain at least one meter apart at all times. Handshakes and hugs should be avoided. We have limited indoor gathering sizes, including those in classrooms, to 25 people.

We have reorganized our classrooms and gathering spaces so that seating arrangements provide at least one meter of personal space for every student. Planned and structured breaks, trips to the restroom, and passing periods will be scheduled to minimize any gathering of students in the hallways or restrooms.

Cleanliness

Classrooms, offices, and common areas are being cleaned and disinfected daily. Restrooms are being cleaned and disinfected four times daily. Handrails, elevator buttons, and door handles are being cleaned and disinfected every two hours.

ISB’s state-of-the-art air filtration system provides fresh air to indoor spaces (complete refresh every two hours), ensuring excellent indoor AQI. We also have UV light systems which disinfect the air.

In cases of confirmed infectious diseases among ISB students or staff, further sanitation and disinfection on campus will be undertaken according to government regulations.

Medical assistance and diagnosis on campus

ISB’s comprehensive nursing team has systems in place to care for all students and isolate those with suspected cases of infectious disease. The medical facilities have been organized to feature a separate Initial Assessment Room (IAR) and Fever Observation Room (FOR). This will keep students feeling sick separate and apart from those with other medical needs. ​The FOR is well ventilated and has multiple openings directly to the outdoors.

Register for bus service

ISB will run the normal bus service from September 1. Students and all staff must wear masks to ride the bus, as well as at all times while on campus. Buses will be disinfected and cleaned after every route. During the journey to and from school, fresh air will be maximized.

The bus driver and bus monitor(s), students, and staff will have their body temperature taken and recorded before boarding and will not board should it register 37.3 degrees Celsius or above. When queuing to board the bus, your child will need to practice social distancing. A facemask is also to be worn at all times. If there is space on the bus, students should sit separately. When the bus is over half full, students may sit side by side with masks on. Parents are currently not allowed to ride the bus to school with their children, nor are they able to enter the ISB campus.

The Bus Office is in the final stages of drafting the 2020-2021 bus schedule. In order to ensure that there are enough seats on the buses for every student, we would like to encourage you to register for the bus service as soon as possible. Applications may be submitted in writing directly to the Admissions Department (admission@isb.bj.edu.cn), or you can contact the bus office directly on isb.busops@isb.bj.edu.cn or 8149 2345-2081/2017/2060. 

Elementary School (ES) Arrival Procedures

  • Students should arrive at school between 8:00 and 8:15 am. Attendance and temperature checks will be carried out before the Morning Meeting which begins at 8:30 am.
  • Buses will enter the campus through North Gate 1.
  • Cars can enter campus via North Gate 2 (Main Gate) and the East Gate, as normal. The two-flow traffic system is designed to ensure traffic moves smoothly during rush hour. Students can be dropped off in front of the main entrance. Drivers and parents are not permitted to get out of their cars.
  • Students will pass through the temperature check after entry through the main entrance.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists can enter campus via the West Gate (Yosemite) and North Gate 1 (Bus entrance). Students will pass through a temperature check upon entry. Parents and ayis are not permitted to enter campus through these gates at this time.

ES Departure Procedures

  • Teachers will walk with their students to the buses.
  • Drivers/parents may enter in their car through North Gate 2 (Main Gate). Cars are allowed to enter campus 30 minutes before student dismissal and wait in the designated parking spots. Parents, drivers and ayis are not allowed get out of the car while waiting for student on campus. Students will wait at the main entrance until their car arrives. Security staff will be available to help students into their cars.
  • Parents/ayis may wait outside for students exiting through the West Gate (Yosemite) or North Gate 1 (Bus entrance).

Middle School (MS) & High School (HS) Arrival Procedures

  • Students should arrive to school between 8:00 and 8:15 am. Homeroom will begin at 8:15 am.
  • Buses will enter the campus through North Gate 1.
  • Cars can enter campus via North Gate 2 (Main Gate) and the East Gate, as normal. The two-flow traffic system is designed to ensure traffic moves smoothly during rush hour. Students can be dropped off in front of the main entrance. Drivers and parents are not permitted to get out of their cars.
  • Students will pass through the temperature check after entry through the main entrance.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists can enter campus via the West Gate (Yosemite) and North Gate 1 (Bus entrance). Students will pass through a temperature check upon entry. Parents and ayis are not permitted to enter campus through these gates at this time.

MS/HS Departure Procedures

  • Students will make their way to their bus, as usual.
  • Drivers/parents may enter in their car through North Gate 2 (Main Gate). Cars are allowed to enter campus 30 minutes before student dismissal and wait in the designated parking spots. Parents, drivers and ayis are not allowed get out of the car while waiting for student on campus. Students will wait at the main entrance until their car arrives. Security staff will be available to help students into their cars.
  • Parents/ayis may wait outside for students exiting through the West Gate (Yosemite) or North Gate 1 (Bus entrance).

Messages from our Principals

After School Activities
- start of year plans

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Dear ISB Community Members,

Given the level of uncertainty regarding after-school activities (ASAs) in the early part of the new school year, please see the information below pertaining to ISB’s approach to getting these programs underway. We will be doing everything possible to get activities up and running with safety and quality to the fore in our planning, taking a lead from local authorities as campus opens up to outside providers and as teachers transition back from overseas. Our participation in local and international conferences and events is temporarily on hold – also included below is an official statement from APAC regarding Season 1 Sports and Fine Arts.

Kindergarten-Grade 8 ASAs will commence with Session 2 in the first week of November. Registration for all ASAs will happen in early October – please check communications through the regular ISB channels for more information in September.

ES Strings/Choir and Band will commence after October Break. All registration information will be released through regular ISB communication channels, including instructions on how to register for new and returning families.

Swim Academy will commence on a limited practice schedule as soon as the ISB pool is cleared to open by local authorities. Please check communications through the regular ISB channels for more information in September.

MS/HS Performing Arts will commence after October Break. Unfortunately, there will be no main MS production or HS drama this semester, but we will be looking at alternative ways to showcase student talents and work. Please check communications through the regular ISB channels for more information in September.

MS Sports are expected to commence after October Break with recreational Soccer and X-Country programs with intramural competition only. There will be no Baseball or Badminton for MS students in Season 1. Please check communications through the regular ISB channels for more information in September.

HS Sports are expected to commence after October Break with recreational Volleyball, Touch Rugby and X-Country programs with intra-mural competition only. There will be no Baseball or Tennis for HS students in Season 1 and we will look into the viability of moving these sports to a different HS Season later in the year. Please check communications through the regular ISB channels for more information in September.
 
APAC Board Statement
Due to the continuing Covid-19 crisis and varying levels of uncertainty across the region, the APAC Heads of School have taken the difficult decision to cancel all Season 1 Sports and Fine Arts events due to take place in October and November, 2020. APAC Activities Directors will convene virtually on October 15, 2020 to discuss the viability of Season 2 Sports and Fine Arts. Findings will then be shared with the APAC Heads of School and a decision on the aforementioned viability of Season 2 events taking place will be made shortly thereafter.
 
It is very unfortunate for all involved and all APAC schools fully commit to doing whatever possible to get back to a comprehensive event schedule as soon as travel, member school and respective country rules allow.

 
HS Clubs and Service Groups which ordinarily meet during Dragon Time will initially be on hold until the end of September – there will be no after-school on-campus HS Club and Service meetings until after October Break. Virtual meetings at prearranged times will be perfectly acceptable as long as the meeting time is posted to all students via DX and your adult sponsor is present. There is a Club and Service Fair planned for the first week of November to ensure that all Grade 9 students as well as all students new to ISB have an opportunity to register and be involved.

We acknowledge that this communication might not provide you with all the answers to all the questions you may have, but recommencing activities is a complicated process and relies heavily on many things unknown at this time. Rest assured that the ISB Activities Office will be doing everything within its power to resume normal programming as soon as possible. As mentioned, please continue to follow all regular ISB communication channels for more information on all of these programs as it becomes available to us.

If you have any questions at all regarding any of the above, please reach out to one of the following ISB staff members. Thank you to everyone for your patience and support with this - we hope you all have a great start to the new school year!
 
Kindergarten-Grade 8 ASAs/MS Sports – pgietz@isb.bj.edu.cn
ISB Swim Academy – nwilson@isb.bj.edu.cn
ES/MS/HS Performing Arts/ HS Sports – sparker@isb.bj.edu.cn
HS Clubs and Service Groups – erueth@isb.bj.edu.cn
Enquiries in Chinese – lqi@isb.bj.edu.cn

GO DRAGONS!

Simon Parker
Director of Student Activities