The KIS Response to COVID-19

Updated: Monday, March 2, 2020

We are a large community with many who travel all over the world. I am extremely grateful for the families who have already taken specific actions regarding their travel in consideration of our community and this situation.

Though the school is using a variety of resources to monitor the spread of COVID-19, we are using Public Health England to identify certain countries and regions of concern.

KIS asks that if, at any time, you have visited a region from the updated list (within the last two weeks), please do not come to school for 14 days after your last contact with those countries. (Advice for Home IsolationIf you have visitors who have come from these regions, we also ask you to self-isolate.

The current Category 1 list is as follows:
  • China – Wuhan City and Hubei Province
  • Republic of Korea – Daegu or Cheongdo
  • Iran
  • Italy – any town under containment
  • Italy – Northern Italy (north of Pisa) after the 24th of February

If this affects you, please notify the school of the reason for the absence. Again, we appreciate the proactive communication we have received from parents thus far. Teachers will work with students who require any distant learning assistance, during this time.

Anyone who has traveled to the following Category 2 destinations should not undertake any special measures, but should seek medical attention if symptoms appear. 

  • China: Outside of Hubei Province
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Northern Italy
  • Others: Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

School Preparedness and Planning

At this point, we have no expectation or reason to believe that the school will be canceled or closed in the near future. However, it is important for the school to remain prepared for any changes to the situation. Attached is KIS’ Viral Infection Decision Matrix and our Online Learning Plan for School Closure for you to better understand how we assess the different risk levels, school response, and our online learning plan.

We are currently still at Level One – Low Risk, as there have been no confirmed cases in Ukraine. However, we do understand that this situation is developing and changing regularly around the world.

Current Precautionary Steps in Level One – Low Risk
  1. Asking families to keep sick children at home. A larger emphasis has been placed on respiratory illnesses.
  2. KIS has collected the travel information of staff members during the Ski Week break to keep track of our own staff’s travels. We have not requested travel information from KIS families, but expect that our community is being prudent.
  3. Increased classroom disinfection and cleaning. This is equally due to the fact that it has been flu season.

Precautionary Steps in Level Two – Moderate Risk (first confirmed case in Ukraine, none at KIS)

As you will see in the attached Viral Infection Decision Matrix, if we reach level two, KIS will begin doing the following:

  1. Temperature checks of all persons entering the school and before getting on buses.
  2. Field trips may be suspended (case-by-case).
  3. Continued deep cleaning and use of UV in the evening.
  4. School community events would continue, but events including the general public suspended.
  5. Interviewing school visitors (for travel information) and temperature check.
  6. Follow any local government policies or recommendations