Keeping the ISB Community safe during the Covid-19 Pandemic

On this page you will find the current status of our Covid-19 Protocols. As always, ISB Community members will receive regular communications from the Head of School regarding any changes to our protocols. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact our Director of Risk Management, Mark Hevland, markh@isb.ac.th or ISB Health Coordinator, Dr Dhave Setabutr, dhaves@isb.ac.th.

Our Key Measures:

  • Selected use of ATK testing for activities may deemed high risk by the Crisis Management Team (CMT)
  • High vaccination rates for our faculty, staff & students
  • Thorough training programs for students and staff regarding the required safety measures (mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing) 
  • Numerous physical enhancements to our campus: positive pressure air filtration and dehumidification units, turnstiles with temperature sensors and mask recognition, additional space provided for distancing during lunch 
  • Small class sizes in a large campus 
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols including UVC disinfection lights & fogging machines 
  • The Nichada Thani location

Please click on the banners below for detailed current information about our important safety measures. Scroll down to see our latest Risk Matrix.



The wearing of face masks for students and adults in schools is optional

ATK Tests
Until further notice, ISB may require self administered home Antigen Test Kits (ATK) for anyone entering campus, as directed. 

If required, ATK test results must be uploaded into a reporting system which is used in connection with the turnstile systems to grant access to campus. 

Any student or staff member registering a positive test, or failing to submit a test result, will not be granted access to the campus.

Campus Access
  • Completion of the Self Declaration each Sunday will remain a requirement for campus entry until further notice for students and adults
  • All campus access points are open (including the Sarawanville gate)
  • All students must bring ID cards to operate the turnstiles and gain entry
  • The access system is connected with the thermo scan units, community name list, and ISB ID card system
  • Parents may access the common areas of the school with a completed self declaration form.
  • Non ISB community members may visit campus by appointment only, with a completed self declaration form.
  • Immediately after the turnstiles, hand sanitizer stations are set up for visitor convenience
Start and End Times
To assist further with physical distancing, arrival and departure schedules have been staggered for each of the divisions: 

  • Elementary starts at 7:35 AM and Dismissal begins at 2:25 PM
  • Middle School starts at 7:40 AM and Dismissal begins at 2:45 PM
  • High School starts at 7:20/7.50 AM and Dismissal begins at 2:50 PM
Health Center Screening Protocol
  • Those with a fever or upper respiratory tract symptoms (URI) who are on campus are screened upon entry into the Health Center through the open air side entrance (window)
  • All those entering the Health Center have the option to register via a QR code on their mobile phone. Students in ES are accompanied by an adult to assist with registration. These individuals are screened (including temperature check) and undergo evaluation by the Health Center team 
  • Those deemed ill are sent home. Individuals will be isolated until they can return home with either a parent or registered caregiver
  • The Health Center will recommend an antigen test kit (ATK) be performed at home. Results are required to be shared with the Health Center upon completion
  • If the results are positive our contact tracing protocol will be initiated
  • Any individuals, regardless of Covid-19 testing used, must be symptom free without symptom reducing medication for a full 48 hours prior to return to campus
Responsibility around Illness & Attendance
  • Any student, faculty or staff member who is ill should not attend school, and should be 48 hours symptom free before returning to campus
  • All families are required to complete a self-disclosure before entering campus.
Physical Distancing
Physical distancing of 1-2m remains a key component of the Ministry of Education’s Covid safety measures.
High Risk Contacts
High risk contacts are defined as:

(1) Students or co-workers interacting or mingling with symptomatic Covid-19 probable/confirmed cases; AND may have been exposed to respiratory secretions, cough, sneeze from the probable case.

(2) Individuals who live in the same community as a Covid-19 probable/confirmed case, AND who have been exposed to respiratory secretions, cough, sneeze of the individual

(3) Individuals other than those in (1) and (2) who are within a 2-meter distance from a Covid-19 probable/confirmed case for > 5 minutes without wearing a mask

High risk close contacts who are not fully vaccinated will require either quarantine for five days OR take daily ATK tests for the same period in order to return to campus.

Fully vaccinated (appropriately boosted for those 12 and up) or those who have recovered from Covid-19 within 90 days may return to school with a negative ATK and without symptoms.

Healthy Interior Environment and Cleaning Procedures

US CDC and WHO recognize that increased fresh air and excellent ventilation help reduce the spread of infectious diseases and airborne viruses such as COVID. ISB has invested over 35 million Baht to upgrade its interior air filtration system. All classrooms and learning spaces have positive pressure air filtration and dehumidification units installed which can exchange the air in the rooms up to 4 times per hour. 

Cleaning Procedures 

We have improved our cleaning policy to prevent virus spreading with practices such as deep cleaning or placing more hand sanitizers in every area. We have a policy for high-touch area together with our routine cleaning procedures.

  • Continue to follow strong hygiene practices and wash hands frequently.
    Food Services
    • Epicure staff wear PPE including hair nets, face masks, and gloves
    • Strict hygiene and cleaning measures are in place
    • Students eat only in designated areas.
    • These areas are set up with additional physical distancing and plexiglass dividers.
    • All upper school dining areas are open air with fresh air continuously moving through the space.
    • An additional tent cafeteria has been constructed to assist with physical distancing.

    Elementary School Cafeteria 

    • The Elementary cafeteria was renovated in 2021. It is considerably larger than the previous space and is equipped with 13 positive pressure air filtrations units that provide a continual supply of fresh filtered air
    • Markers are used on tables to ensure physical distancing
    • Transparent screens have been placed on some tables to provide additional barriers.

    Middle/High School Cafeteria

    • Additional seating (tent) has been provided in the parking lot adjacent to the Chevron Theater and in the outside areas closest to the MS/HS cafeteria
    • Markers are used on tables to ensure physical distancing
    • The Grind and Upper Grind serve smoothies and drinks prepared in advance
    • Payment by campus card only. No cash payments are accepted
    • Transparent screens have been placed on some tables to provide additional barriers.
    ISB has worked extensively with Montri, our transportation service, to ensure that strong safety measures are in place and implemented. Busing times may be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing requirements and student schedules.

    • All buses are disinfected twice daily using disinfection cleaning guidelines and disinfection concentration recommendations for infectious disease outbreaks.
    • Bus monitors have been trained in the use of the no-touch infrared temperature monitors and how to best and accurately take the temperature of the students.
    • Students should not eat or drink while on the bus.
    • Each bus is equipped with the following supplies: 
      • No-Touch infrared temperature monitor
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Disinfectant wipes
      • Sick bags

    Bus Service Operation 

    • The bus service provided is from home to school to home.
    • All regular bus service recipients will have received an email from Montri with pick up and drop off time information.
    • Should you have any questions specific to transportation, please contact the transportation team on 02-517-9203-5, or 02-906-0160-5
    Crisis Management structure and Emergency Response Protocol
    ISB has a comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which includes a detailed Crisis Management Plan

    The Crisis Management Team (CMT) is composed of the following members:

    • Head of School 
    • Headmistress 
    • Deputy Head of School for Learning (Chairperson) 
    • Deputy Head of School/CFO 
    • Division Principals 
    • Director of Student Services 
    • Director of Marketing and Communications 
    • Director of Risk Management 
    • Director of the Health Center
    • Director of Athletics
    • Director of Arts and Activities

    The CMT meets regularly to review updates to the current situation, discuss changes that need to be made, and assign tasks for the upcoming week. If there is an incident that occurs between the regular meetings, the CMT is convened. Members of the CMT are working closely with other members of their division to monitor and observe daily activities, protocols and procedures

    Emergency Response Protocol

    ISB has a detailed response plan in the event we have a positive case in our student/staff community. The ISB Health Care Center follows the Ministry of Public Health guidelines and procedures for responding to a COVID case
    If an individual on campus is found to have a positive COVID test result, immediate measures are taken to move the individual to a designated isolation space and appropriate follow up measures taken