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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:

  • Regular testing (ATK) of all students and faculty 
  • 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.

 

Masks

Students and staff are still required by the Ministry of Education to wear masks while at school.

  • Masks must be worn indoors (or enclosed spaces, i.e. classrooms and vans) at all times by all persons whether vaccinated or not 
  • There are exceptions made during times of physical activity during physical education and certain dance and drama performances
  • No foam masks, masks with valves, or neck gaiters are permitted 
  • Students should bring spare masks to school

Masks must be worn to gain access to the ISB campus at turnstiles.

ATK Tests

Until further notice, ISB requires self administered home Antigen Test Kits (ATK) for everyone entering campus. Staff and students, vaccinated or not, are required to do home testing once per week, on Sundays. 

This test is to be performed, and supervised by parents 

The 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 

Any adult wanting to enter the Academic areas of campus will need to provide a negative ATK result with a completed visitor form.

Campus Access
  • All campus access points are open (including the Sarawanville gate)
  • All students must bring ID cards to operate the turnstiles and gain entry
  • Parents may access the common areas of the school or specified activities only preceded by a negative ATK test (weekly). If wishing to meet with a staff member, appointments will be necessary
  • Non ISB community members may visit campus by appointment only, preceded by a negative ATK test
  • Pre-K and KG students enter through the Early Childhood gate
  • ES students enter through the ES gate (unless accompanied by an older sibling).
  • MS/HS students come in through the entrance adjacent to the Business Office or through the entrance adjacent to the Chevron Theater
  • Students may also enter through the New Sports Center gate
  • Turnstiles are located at all entrances to the academic part of the ISB campus
  • The access system is connected with the thermo scan units, community name list, and ISB ID card system
  • Access is only granted if the person/family has completed a COVID risk self declaration form, are on the approved access list, have a mask on, and temperature is below 37.5 degrees celsius
  • Thermo scan cameras are integrated into the turnstiles to check the temperature of all community members. If the person’s temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees celsius, or they are not wearing a mask, the system will not allow the turnstile to open. A security guard is stationed at every entrance at all times
  • 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
Arrival and Departure

Arrival

  • Physical distancing measures are in place to maintain 1m space between people.
  • Schedules are staggered as much as possible to avoid congestion
  • Before classes start, HS students are to go to the outdoor tent in the Chevron parking lot or the Library. Middle School students are to go to the cafeteria. Other outdoor spaces are also allowable following physical distancing and mask guidelines
  • ES students are to go to ES outdoor play spaces or the HUB, but must wear masks while indoors, wash hands frequently, and maintain physical distance entering & exiting learning spaces
  • Students, faculty and staff must wash or sanitize their hands before entering each classroom or learning space

Departure

  • Physical distancing measures are in place to maintain 1m space between people
  • Schedules are staggered to avoid congestion. 
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.

Learning Spaces
Classrooms are set up to support physical distancing of at least one meter. Each division and class type have different configurations that suit the subject matter and type of learning while promoting physical distancing.
Hygiene
  • Signs are posted throughout the campus reminding everyone of the proper COVID prevention measures. 
  • The three key points are: 
    • Wash hands
    • Wear a mask while indoors
    • Physical distancing
  • Students, faculty and staff must wash or sanitize their hands before entering each classroom or learning space
Food Services
  • Students adhere to a minimum of 1m physical distancing in eating spaces
  • 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.
PE/Athletics

Physical Education classes offer modified PE activities with 5 sq.m physical distancing 

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Require athletes to keep their masks on unless instructed otherwise or during periods of physical activity
  • Incorporate mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes to accommodate those wearing face masks/face covering
  • Require students to avoid crowding
  • Require that students respect physical distancing standards of 1m as much as possible. Especially during water breaks and during periods of inactivity. (i.e. during explanation of the activity and breaks in play)
  • Require that physical contact should only be within the rules and nature of the sport during active play, before, during and after practice
  • Athletes to bring individual water bottles — clearly labeled with names
  • Monitor sanitizing stations to ensure adequate supplies
  • Do not loan any personal athletic protective gear or practice clothes — knee pads, ankle braces, etc
  • Avoid using shared pinnies or jerseys during practice
  • Introduce new clean equipment such as balls at each practice
  • Send athletes to the Health Center with accompaniment if they are displaying symptoms or stating they feel unwell; call the Athletics Office, first if possible.

Student Responsibilities 

  • Keep your mask on unless instructed otherwise by your coach
  • Maintain 1m physical distancing with others especially during periods of inactivity 
  • Physical contact is restricted within the rules and nature of the sport during time of active play
  • Be prepared with proper PE or Sport gear for the respective sports
  • Remember to bring your own labeled water bottle
  • Wash or sanitize hands before entering the locker room or another facility
  • Avoid crowding
  • Do not participate if you are unwell and/or report to the Health Center with any signs of illness.
Transportation
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
Dance and Drama
  • Masks are required of all students and teachers during classroom rehearsals except when engaged in rigorous physical activities. Masks are not required for performances or dress rehearsals in performance venues
  • Teachers may demonstrate without masks as long as proximity to students is increased to 3 meters
  • Blocking and physical contact for performances is no longer inhibited to specific distances between performers
  • Audience members attending performances in or out of the classroom are required to wear masks at all times
  • Outdoor rehearsals and performances no longer require masks for performers or audience members.
Music
  • Bell covers (wind instruments), and masks (percussion, strings and voice) are required of all students and teachers during classroom rehearsals but can be removed for performances or dress rehearsals in performance venues
  • Teachers may demonstrate without masks as long as proximity to students is increased to 3 meters
  • Screens are no longer required in rehearsals although 1 meter distance between musicians is still recommended
  • Audience members attending performances in or out of the classroom are required to wear masks at all times
  • Outdoor rehearsals and performances no longer require masks (or bell covers) for performers or audience members
  • Choir students wear masks and are physically distanced
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