Dear ILG Community,
The Coronavirus: CoVID-19 situation around the world continues to evolve. ILG School is working to ensure that proper precautions are in place for our community while also doing everything possible to maintain quality learning and care for our students.
We are asking all families to submit this form to indicate which countries have been visited during the month of February by members of your household or anyone in close, daily contact with your household members at home (i.e. nanny, house guest) by Sunday 1 March. This should be done by one member of the family.
ILG School will now require parents to check their children’s temperature before they are sent to school and if a fever is detected to keep your child at home. This also applies to all adults. ILG School will continue to conduct temperature checks on all people entering campus, in compliance with the Ministry of Education directive.
Children and adults who are unwell must not come to school – particularly those with fever or respiratory issues, including severe coughs.
Currently, the only country on the Kosovo Government’s high-risk list is PR China. Any person who has recently visited China will not be allowed entry to ILG School and must self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
People who have traveled to particular cities with outbreaks (not including China) can self- quarantine at home for 14 days if they chose.
ILG families who have traveled to and from Italy recently have been in communication with the School and were already taking precautions at home, such as checking temperatures at home in addition to submitting to the temperature check at ILG. To date, no parents have confirmed that they have traveled from a “red zone”.
Drop off and pick up:
Creche, Toddlers and Early Year 1 parents may come to the front entrance (the opposite side of the Lower School Building to where we enter currently) and drop off students with the Creche, Toddlers and Early Year 1 staff who will be waiting to receive your children.
Early Years 2 – Grade 8 parents will not be permitted to come through the pedestrian gate when dropping students off or picking them up from school. The Safety Patrol and Teaching Assistants are in front of both buildings ready to receive and assist students.
In an effort to keep our community informed we have created a website that can be found here for regular updates and information. (Please note that this website will continue to be updated daily.)
We will continue to monitor the situation and should anything change in the coming days, we will let our community know immediately. There may be additional mandates or changes that come from government agencies in the future.
To provide our teachers, administrators, and staff time to work through some of the operational aspects of the coming weeks, there will be no After-school Activities provided for students the week of 2-6 March*. All staff will need this time to prepare online learning plans so we are prepared to continue school online in the event that the school is closed by the Kosovar Government.
*Please note that after-school care will be provided (by our teaching assistants) for those children who cannot be collected at 15:00 and need to stay at school until 16:00. Buses will run at 15:00 and 16:00 as usual.
Procedures Already in Place
ILG School is checking everyone’s temperature each morning.
Staff are checked prior to entry into the buildings
Parents are checked prior to entry into the buildings
Students from Grade 1-8 are checked prior to entry into the school buildings
Daycare and Early Years students have their temperatures checked before entering the classrooms
Any person found to have a temperature, or who is showing indications they are unwell (severe cough or cold), is being sent home immediately.
Daycare and Early Years teachers have been instructed to discuss the situation with their classes.
An assembly was held with Grade 1-5 students and staff where we explained the current situation in Kosovo. In addition to Coronavirus, it is also flu season so we need to make sure we are all staying safe and healthy. We discussed washing our hands more regularly and what we do when we sneeze or cough.
Secondary students have been accessing and discussing the John’s Hopkins dashboard on a regular basis.
A meeting was held with all staff to update them on the current situation and the preventative measures that must be followed.
All teachers have been asked to add additional handwashing times into their schedules.
Cleaning practices at ILG have been escalated to include additional cleaning and alcohol-based cleaning products, as directed by the Ministry.
All surfaces, including tables, are wiped with an alcohol solution daily.
Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed on every floor of each building with Ministry approved hand sanitizer liquid.
We have informed the Bus Company (Medita) that they need to sanitize their buses more regularly, especially areas that are touched repeatedly – door handles, seat belts, etc.
Absences During this Time
Students will be marked present if the family has notified the school that they are self-quarantining at home.
Families who choose to self-quarantine and home school at this time will be supported by classroom teachers. Please see Preparations for online learning: Self-Quarantine below.
Preparations for Online Learning
Parents who are selecting self-quarantine for the coming week should contact homeroom teachers with the request for home learning support on, or prior to, Sunday 1 March. By 16:00 on Monday 2 March, teachers will provide to those families a single email, with parent contact information BCC’d, with updated information about what learning goals and activities will be covered in the coming week. This may be in the form of bulleted standards and/or descriptions of projects or inquiries that can be completed at home, with links to online learning platforms that may be accessed and monitored by parents for home learning. Parents are asked to please keep in mind that teachers’ time at school is focused on teaching, planning and supervising throughout the day, and they will have limited time to provide detailed individual plans for each student.
Every day next week, teachers will be preparing for the possibility of school closure, and the subsequent need to develop online learning guidance and resources from Early Years through Secondary. In the event that ILG School is required by the Ministry of Health and/or Education to close, teachers will act upon these plans that will be structured to allow them to continue interacting with students as much as possible while also providing resources for home learning. Weekly overviews for families will be provided on Sunday evenings should the school be closed for the week ahead, and for each workday, teachers will still be expected to continue planning and corresponding with students for the regular work hours.
Early Years through Grade 3: Learning Experiences will be created by teachers that extend the PYP Elements into digital learning platforms and home learning support
Grade 4 and Grade 5: Learning Experiences will be created by teachers that provide teacher-monitored learning platforms, such as Khan Academy and other platforms used regularly by teachers
These will be shared by individual teachers week by week and monitored by teachers throughout the week
If you would like to speak to someone privately about any concerns please contact us and we can put you in touch with a number of counseling services.
We trust that our parents and staff have the health and wellbeing of our students at heart and will do their part to help ILG comply with the mandates from the government, and recognize that the intent behind these requirements is to keep everyone safe and healthy.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.
The Senior Leadership Team