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As we move ahead with our plans for the safety of our children, we also deem it necessary to respond to any question that parents may ask. On this note, find below answers to some of the questions we have received. This notwithstanding, if you still have a concern we have not addressed, please let us know by sending an email to It will be shared with the task force, and we will try to address it as soon as possible. We have divided the FAQs up into six sections.

1. School Resumption Scenario chosen

As we resume school on 13 September 2021, we are offering on-site classes only.

2. Mask

IESA has mandated the use of face coverings for children from Form 1 (G7) and above, and also for adults at anytime while in the school premises. It is recommended for the other classes (Nursery and Primary) to wear a mask, but it is not compulsory.

Everyone has the responsibility to make sure they have a covering on their face that appropriately covers the mouth and nose. It is acceptable for anyone (adult to adult/adult to student/student to adult) to remind another person to put a covering on or to fix their covering if it is below their nose, etc.

3. Transportation Service

The transport service will be operational from 13 September 2020. All the school buses will be disinfected before resumption. Practices and procedures on the school bus are designed to minimize possible exposure.

4. Canteen Service

Lunch will be provided each school day starting from 13 September 2020.

5. Afterschool activities

Extra-Curricular Activities will begin once we guarantee every sanitary aspect is being met to prevent COVID spread. Expected date of resumption: 4 October 2021.

6. Exposure

How will the situation be handled if a student seems to get sick during the course of the school day?

Our doctor, a member of our task force, will be alerted, and the student will be checked for symptoms and will be isolated in a room to wait for parent pickup.

If a student or a member of IESA staff tests positive, what would the procedure be?

Also, before resumption, the individual needs to provide documentation of two negative COVID-19 tests taken 24 hours apart.

If a student, a member of IESA staff or a parent tests positive, what would the procedure be for the other individuals (Classmates, siblings colleagues…)?

According to the Ministry of Health, only individuals who have come into close contact with someone who is infected need to be moved to quarantine.

Families of classmates, Families of the sibling's classmates, other colleagues would be notified of the potential exposure, but only asked to quarantine if it is determined that they have been in close contact with the individual.

If a teacher becomes infected or has to be quarantined, what is the plan to continue instruction?

We will provide substitutions internally to ensure we are not bringing other potential exposure risks to the school. We believe that we do have enough people to work as substitutes, but will monitor it closely.

Will parents be informed if a student in a particular class or a member of IESA staff tests positive for COVID-19?

Yes. We also ask parents to keep the school informed in case a member of their family tests positive for COVID-19.

How will the school identify students who have COVID-19, but have no symptoms?

The asymptomatic spread is the major issue with COVID-19. That's why we have procedures in place to minimize possible exposure.

How will the school identify students who have COVID-19, but have no symptoms?

What are considered symptoms that should cause parents to keep a student home from school?

The following symptoms could be identified as possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Knowing that all of these symptoms could also be from other illnesses (like flu), families can provide documentation from a doctor outside of their nuclear family showing that their symptoms are caused by another type of virus (flu, strep, etc.). With the documentation, once they are symptom-free for 24 hours, they may return to school.