Due to the current circumstances, the school campus will be closed beginning March 12th and extending through to April 1st (or until further notice or update).
We ask you to monitor this page for the most up to date information regarding Quality Schools International Sarajevo and our proactive response to the COVID-19. We have a crisis management team in place and we have meetings as the situation is updated and changes. We will continue to consult with medical experts, the US Embassy, and other schools within the CEESA region and QSI.
Supporting our Children
COVID-19 has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) and uncertainty around this can bring about fear and worry within our community and with our students.
It is important to know that our children are looking to us for some reassurance and guidance concerning how to respond and feel.
Some strategies to build resilience and have reassuring conversations with kids are:
- Stay Positive: Remember to keep calm. Anxiety and fear are easily picked up on by children. Having open and calm conversations helps ease any fearful or nervous feelings.
- Stick to the facts: Gently correct any untrue statements or rumors about the virus. The CDC and WHO are good sources for information. Discuss that not everything they see or hear is real. It can also be helpful to discuss some of the positive news surrounding the virus. Consider media consumption and the sources of information.
- Eliminate Stigma and Be Supportive: It is important how the coronavirus is explained to avoid any person/group from being blamed. Also explain that if someone has a fever, cough, or is feeling sick that this does not mean this person has the coronavirus. If you know of someone being teased about COVID-19, please tell a teacher, adult, or administrator. If you know someone who is feeling nervous, sad, or overwhelmed, please seek some support.
We ask you to monitor this page for the most up to date information regarding Sarajevo International School and our proactive response to the COVID-19. We have a crisis management team in place and we have meetings as the situation is updated and changes. We will continue to consult with medical experts, the US Embassy, and other schools within the CEESA region and QSI.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
First Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Bosnia & Herzegovina
School Preparedness and Planning
Now that there is a confirmed case in Bosnia & Herzegovina, we will increase our prevention measures. See below for what this means at QSIS.
As you will see in the attached Viral Infection Decision Matrix, will begin doing the following:
1) Temperatures will now be taken for all bus students before getting on the bus.
Please check your children’s temperatures before sending them to school, just to make sure. Any student with an elevated temperature above 37.8 will be asked to stay home. Also, please be patient and cooperative with our bus monitors. Bus monitors will be scanning students before they get on the bus. Any student with a temperature will receive a note from the bus monitor with the temperature reading (see below).
*Please understand that there may be some delays in the bus route pick-up, but not much.
*Please understand that if you send your child to the bus pick-up on their own, they will be sent home on their own, if a high temperature is detected. Please take this into consideration.
2) Temperatures will now be taken for all individuals entering the campus.
We will have an increased presence at both campus entry points to help manage the flow. This may cause some delays, so we appreciate your cooperation and patience with security and staff. Cars will be asked to roll down windows for a quick check before entering the campus and dropping off students.
CEESA Travel and Hosting
The CEESA organization has suspended ALL extra-curricular events in which students will be mixing in large groups outside of their community up until May 1st. In accordance with this decision, we will be canceling all upcoming overseas students’ travel to and from QSIS up until May 1st as well.
We understand that the decision to cancel these competitions has not been easy, as these are valuable student experiences that impact our students in many positive ways. However, during this fluid situation, it is important for us to consider the safety and well-being of our community.