News and Updates
Tirana International School is in virtual school and on level 4 of our viral infection decision-making matrix. We have taken the following steps in order to align with best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Virtual School Information Link
March 9, 2020 – Virtual School in Effect – In compliance with the ministry of education, TIS will close for all students as of today. Virtual school is in effect and each grade level has a plan in place. Note that all on-campus activities, including Saturday events, are postponed until March 23.
March 3, 2020 – Self-Isolation – In alignment with the US Embassy in Tirana, we have asked that all families that were in the heavily impacted zones within northern Italy self isolate from the school for 14 days. TIS is providing distance learning for those families impacted by this decision.
February 28, 2020 – International Travel – TIS has stopped all international trips for our students within the CEESA organization until May 1. The CEESA basketball tournament we were to host on March 6 & 7 has been canceled. For now, no internal travel has been impacted and all field trips are unaffected.
February 14, 2020 – Deep Clean – Over the break, TIS cleaners did a deep clean of the facility. In addition, our infectious disease cleaning protocols continue.
February 1, 2020 – Cleaning Protocols – Infectious disease cleaning protocols are in effect. All common areas are disinfected 4 times per day. This includes all door handles, sinks, handrails, and common surfaces throughout the school.
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.
Emotional Support for Students
Our community is especially prone to feeling the stress and anxiety of international events. With over 30 nations represented at TIS, whatever happens worldwide will have an impact on us as a school. With the spread of COVID-19, your children will undoubtedly feel some level of stress. The resources below, compiled by our school counselor, might help you as you discuss this infection with your children.