WELCOME to ISB’s New Family Portal
Warm tropical greetings from the Office of Admissions.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration, congratulations on your child(ren)’s admission. We are thrilled your family is joining our vibrant school community – it’s where you belong!
We hope this page can help you feel informed and assured about the many important details before the start of school for your child(ren). There may still be some steps remaining and we have outlined everything that you need to know and need to do to be ready before that first day.
You are always welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time if you have any questions.
We anticipate your arrival with pleasure and look forward to seeing you soon.
With our best regards,
John, Rosalind, David, Sun, Tang
Semester 1 to begin virtually.
Please read below for how to prepare and what to expect.
We regret to share with you that due to the recent spike in cases of COVID-19 across Thailand, the first semester will begin virtually on Monday, August 16th.
Our colleagues and school leadership will return on Monday and we will have more updates for you to help your family prepare for the start of school and virtual learning. We also encourage you to regularly check our website’s Communications Page for more updates along with this page as there will be regular updates over the next two weeks.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com or by phone at +66 2963 5808.
So let’s get started!
We have divided the portal into the sections below. Please click to access your section of interest or just start scrolling down to learn all about your family’s transition to ISB.
Here’s what needs to be completed before the first day.
1. Submission of any pending documents as directed by the Admissions Office. If you are not sure if you need to submit any further documents, please check your child(ren)’s checklist in OpenApply.
2. Medical Forms must be submitted as soon as it is possible and the forms must be approved by the Nurse before your child(ren) can start attending classes on campus. For many families, this is one of the last forms they submit on their child(ren)’s behalf so if you have not yet sent us these forms, please do not worry. In the event that approval is not granted, we will be in touch with you directly with what needs to happen.
– Please share any serious medical concerns about your child, such as anaphylaxis, epilepsy, poorly controlled asthma, and insulin-dependent diabetes with the nurses directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The form and your email should communicate this information about your child even if you shared it on the application. The information on the application is not transferred to the school nurses. The medical form with the doctor’s signature is the form that is followed by the school.
3. Submit copies of the family’s visas stamped in the passports or proof of Thai nationality.
4. Local contact information is required before your child(ren)’s first day. This is important for us to have in the event of an emergency. We understand you may not know this information prior to your arrival and much like the medical forms, this is usually one of the final submissions. It is important to keep in mind that we will need local phone numbers for all parents and also at least one local emergency contact. This information can be provided in OpenApply on the Contact Information Form which is on your family’s checklist.
This is what you need to know about your child(ren)’s first day & Orientation.
Below you can find Divisional Information for Orientation and the first day of Semester 1.
The Elementary School (ES) orientation will take place virtually at 11.30am-12.45pm on Friday, August 13th. A link to the virtual session will be available here soon. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend live. This orientation will be for all families in Pre-Kindergarten 1 to Grade 5. On the first day of school, all ES students will need a backpack, water bottle, hat, and the correct ISB uniform (Polo or PE).
Students who are entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in the Early Childhood Center in the ES will have differing first days of school. Your child’s counselor will arrange a meeting with their teacher to learn about and prepare for the first day. Pre-Kindergarten 1 students will have a carefully staggered start while Students in Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten 2 will follow the rest of the Elementary School. Please be sure to join the virtual orientation detailed above for more details and view the welcome letter from the counselors to learn more.
The Middle School (MS) orientation will take place virtually 1-2pm on Wednesday, August 11th. A repeat session (for those who cannot attend on Wednesday) will be at 8-9am on Friday, August 13th. We will have two orientation sessions. One for all new and returning families with children entering Grade 6 and the other session is for new families with children entering Grades 7 and 8. The links to the sessions will be shared here soon. Orientation has separate sessions for students and parents. Students have a chance to meet other students and learn about our platforms while parents are introduced to our portals and the admin team.
The High School (HS) orientation will take place virtually 2-3.30pm on Wednesday, August 11th. A repeat session (for those who cannot attend on Wednesday) will be at 9.15-9.45am on Friday, August 13th. The links to the sessions will be shared here soon. All the new Grade 10-12 students are required to have had their official transcript submitted by their former school or they are to hand-deliver it on this day with the former school’s official’s signature on the back flap of a sealed envelope.
MS and HS parents are also encouraged to attend the Welcome Wai event and later reach out to their child’s counselor for any transition or settling into ISB needs.
If your family cannot attend an orientation session, please let us know. For any families who will still be in quarantine or have not yet arrived in Thailand, orientation will be conducted with your child(ren)’s counselor in a 1:1 appointment.
Things to think about when it comes to virtual learning
Part of maintaining a healthy, balanced life will be managing time on screens for students. Given that school will require a significant amount of screen time during virtual school, we hope that families find ways to encourage other use of time outside of school “hours” during this period. This can include physical activities, time outside, playing board games, and reading books etc. During this period of school closure, students and parents are reminded that they should continue to follow local guidelines and regulations regarding social distancing and other requirements put in place by local authorities.
We also recommend setting up a clear workspace at home so that students can focus their attention on schoolwork, but then also separate from it when disconnecting.
We also have a set of Student Guidelines for virtual school as follows:
Select a neutral space away from distractions for online learning — preferably at a desk or table that is a comfortable workspace with easy access to materials, laptops, internet, etc. Avoid personal spaces, such as a bed if possible.
Ensure others in the household are aware that there may be lessons online with an individual from ISB occurring at specific times.
Maintain respectful, attentive behavior and engage in positive interactions with everyone in the session if synchronous.
Refrain from using unnecessary technology during your online learning (eg. mobile phone).
Make all efforts to contact the teacher/assistant prior to the online learning session if you are having technical difficulties.
ISB also has a set of Safeguarding requirements – with video conferencing being used (Zoom), we want to ensure that privacy is maintained for all and that teachers and students have appropriate interactions.
Students should dress appropriately for school. While they do not have to wear uniforms, they should avoid pajamas, sleepwear, or clothing not acceptable at school.
It is best to use workspaces like dining rooms, desks, etc. rather than personal bedrooms. Of course, with many children in a home, this can be unavoidable. Appropriate for school virtual backgrounds should be used so that unexpected access to home environments is prevented.
Everyone in the household should be aware that live video conferencing is happening so that we avoid accidental privacy violations in the background (including noises and conversations).
Please note that the information below onwards is meant for a regular on-site start of school. It is however still useful information to know for once your child(ren) return to on-campus learning. When we are able to return to on-campus learning, your family will receive information about what to complete in order to be ready.
School Campus Key Safety Measures
Our current safety measures are outlined below.
- All families must complete a self-declaration confirming that no household member has traveled outside of Thailand in the last 14 days or come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- All those on campus must wear masks.
- Social distancing of 1-2 meters must be adhered to.
- Hand washing (with soap and water or gel) must take place frequently – before entering each classroom or when learning activities change.
- Parents must check temperatures before sending children to school. Temperatures will also be taken before boarding Montri buses and before entering campus. Anyone with a temperature of 37.5 degrees or above may not enter the campus
- Only students, staff, and those with appointments may enter the ISB campus during the initial reopening phase. We will welcome parents back on campus as soon as possible.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfection will take place.
- Students and adults who are unwell should stay home.
Preparations on Campus
In terms of facility preparations we have implemented the following:
- All turnstiles at school entrances check IDs, the completion of the self-declaration form, temperatures, and mask-wearing at the same time.
- Hand gel dispensers are installed outside all classrooms.
- Foot sanitizing is placed at each entrance.
- Acrylic screens are placed on tables in the cafeterias.
- Additional handwashing stations are installed by the playgrounds.
- Sensors are placed on water fountains and soap dispensers.
- A tent has been installed on the Chevron Parking lot with more seating to allow for social distancing during lunch.
We also have regular updates from the school Admin Team on this page where we share important information about how the school is handling the effects of COVID-19, please view this page regularly.
School calendar and starting times
Have a look at the School Year Calendar to see what will be going on throughout the year and to help plan your family’s holidays. Here are also the school day starting and ending times for each division. Please note that while in virtual school, these hours may change. Note: supervision for ES students is provided starting at 7:00. ES students are to arrive at or after this time. School ends at 1:10pm on early-dismissal days.
– Pre-Kindergarten 1 & 2 – from 7:40am until 1:10pm
– Kindergarten – Grade 5 – from 7:35am until 2:20pm
Middle School – from 7:20am until 2:25pm
High School – from 7:50am until 2:40pm
– Panther Block is from 2:50 until 3:30pm on Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri.
– For IB DP students only, if your first class of the day is a Higher Level class, it will start at 7:20am.
|Uniforms and Supplies|
The uniform consists of a polo shirt with the school emblem with a choice of khaki or black shorts, pants, skirt, or skorts. Each school division has a different uniform color (ES, MS, HS) but all students have the choice of wearing the school’s white polo shirt. Students are allowed to wear their own bottoms as long as the items are plain khaki or black and free of branding and/or labels. ISB uniforms can be purchased on campus year-round at the Book Store from 7:30am-2pm. We have also made uniform purchases available online. Please click here to learn how to make your online uniform order.
Physical Education (PE) uniforms are unisex and consist of a white or yellow top with black shorts. These are required at all grade levels. Students are also expected to have appropriate footwear for PE.
ES students wear PE uniforms to school on the day they have PE classes. MS and HS students must change into their PE uniforms and back into their polos for their next class.
For school supplies, we advise you to wait before purchasing any items prior to your arrival but your children are welcome to bring your own. Please note however that:
Transportation to and from school
Half of the student population resides in the Nichada Thani housing estate which is where ISB is located. Many of these students have the wonderful option to come to school on foot, on their bicycles, or be driven to school in a family golf cart or car. This short commute to school is very safe for children to complete on their own as the roads in Nichada Thani are monitored by guards at all times. Please note that helmets are required for all students, parents, and ISB employees who wish to ride their bicycles onto campus.
If you are using your family car to send your child(ren) to school, please obtain a car sticker by completing this application form. You will be contacted to pick up the sticker(s), once they are ready. Usually after 2-3 school days. Please feel free to check the progress of your vehicle sticker by contacting Khun Wan at email@example.com or 02 9635 800 Ext. 7737.
For families living outside of Nichada Thani: ISB utilizes Montri Bus Company. Students are picked up from their residences each morning and are offered departure times from school in the afternoon which accommodate the school-sponsored after-school activities and sports programs. Not sure where to live downtown? Take a look at our map to see where the buses pick up and drop off the students. It is important to note that the bus schedule does not accommodate the schedules of all of the community activities.
Each bus has a Montri employee that acts as the bus monitor with all buses having communication systems that allow Montri personnel to keep in direct contact with the school. You can sign your child(ren) up for the bus services by completing the School Bus Services Registration Form on your child’s checklist.
Buses will leave ISB at the following times. Please note that the second and third buses are not door-to-door services and that these times may change in the future.
1:10pm for Pre-Kindergarten 1 & Pre-Kindergarten 2
2:40pm for Kindergarten to Grade 5
3:00pm for Middle School and High School
Second buses – these buses leave after extra-curricular activities
4:00pm for Elementary School – these buses will start service after August 24th
4:10pm for Middle School & High School
5:10pm for Middle School & High School students only; Tuesday departure at 5:20pm, Friday departure at 4:50pm)
Please contact Montri Transport for the nearest drop-off point to your home.
Montri Customer Service:
Activities at ISB
With all the activities on offer at ISB, your child(ren) will be able to make the campus their second home. Whether it’s sports, arts, community service, we are certain your child(ren) will find passions to follow here. You can review the activities available at ISB by visiting the Student Life page and there’s even more on the ISB Athletics and the Community Activities pages. There is something for everyone, even the parents, who can join the Adult Education classes or help run/organize activities for children. If you have any questions about activities, please contact the Panther Activities Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about ISB’s Divisions & Student Handbooks
Please click the links to learn more about our Early Childhood Center, Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. You will be able to find information about the schedules, curriculum, programs, and what awaits your child(ren) at ISB. In addition, we advise you to click on the links below to review the divisional handbooks to learn more about school expectations and further general information about each division. Handbooks for the 2020-21 academic year will be made available here over the summer.
Summer Learning Resources, Reading Lists, and Resources for English as an Additional Language (EAL) Students
We are happy to share with you our suggestions for some summer break learning. Please visit our Summer Learning Resources page to discover internal and external resources for your children to For, reading lists, please visit ES Hub page to discover books for your ES child or share our Main Library’s page with your MS and/or HS child(ren) for a wealth of resources for how to find and choose their next books. We will soon have a list ready for the ES students as well. For the students who are going to be part of our EAL (English as an Additional Language) program, we encourage them to visit our EAL Resources page. They will find links to resources that will help them develop and practice their English language abilities. We recommend that you share these with your child(ren) and encourage them to practice a few times a week between now and their first day of school. With regular practice, your child(ren) will be able to have a good and strong start at ISB both socially and academically.
Connect with a current ISB family & Student Ambassadors
As a new family to our community, if you would like to get in touch with an ISB parent, or someone from your home country in our community, please contact our Parents Teacher Association (PTA) at email@example.com. You can also contact community reps. Here, you can ask your questions and learn from those who have already done it. Ask about anything and everything to do with moving to and setting yourselves up in Bangkok. If you wish to get in touch with our PTA, we are happy to share with you the PTA Board Members their contact details for the 2021/22 academic year.
For new students who would like to get in touch with our current students, please read the steps below:
- Elementary School Students – For those entering grades 4 and 5, you will be contacted by a current student and be able to ask them questions. Once you arrive at ISB, you will have an opportunity to meet them in person as well. You will be assigned a classroom buddy upon arrival. For the younger students, they will have a classroom buddy who they will be introduced to on the first day of school.
- Middle School Students – Our Student Ambassadors will get in touch with you during the summer and they will be your go-to person at the start of the year. They will help you get around the campus, introduce you to new friends, and share their experiences with you.
- High School Students – If you haven’t done so already, please complete this form and one of our Student Ambassadors will reach out to you. You will be able to keep in touch over the summer and ask all the questions you want about ISB and living in Bangkok.
Final bits and pieces to think about
Registrar, High School Counseling Office
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANGKOK
39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Samakee Road,
Amphur Pakkret, Nonthaburi 11120 Thailand
That’s it from us but if you have any other questions or if we can be of any help at all, please feel free to get in touch.
We can’t wait to see you soon!