Coronavirus Disease: COVID-19

ILG School Campus is Open for Students in Daycare through Early Years 3.

Wearing a Mask

Washing Hands

Staying Home When You Are Sick

Return to Campus

We are still working with the government to gain autonomy to open for all grades full-time. The latest information from the government is as follows:

We shall continue to keep you informed with the latest information. 

Update for Parents of Children Aged 0-5

On Sunday 31 May, the Government announced that private and public nurseries for children aged 0-5 are permitted to open again. Following this permission, ILG has decided to open the campus for students from Crèche-EY3 on Monday 8 June from 08:00-15:00.

A number of factors must be taken into consideration and the Board and Management of the school agree that our re-entry to the campus must be done with thoughtfulness and caution. If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Update: Friday 28 May

Starting May 28, authorities in Kosovo plan to ease the curfew implemented as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The curfew will be rolled back to 2100-0500 daily, with residents being allowed to move freely and without restrictions during noncurfew hours. The measure originally consisted of a 24-hour lockdown, allowing residents to exit their homes for only two 120-minute periods per day solely to perform essential tasks. Additionally, authorities will allow all places of worship to resume operations. All persons must still wear protective face coverings while in public.

Construction, real estate, and a limited number of other businesses have already been allowed to resume operation. Restaurants and cafes are permitted to provide takeout services. Schools remain closed. All commercial passenger flights to Pristina Airport (PRN) are suspended indefinitely; cargo, humanitarian, and repatriation flights continue to operate, however. Land borders are closed to all foreign nationals.

Authorities could extend, reimpose, or otherwise amend any restrictions at any time based on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Update: Monday 18 May

The Government of Kosovo has introduced Phase II. Please see further information here. Schools will remain closed at this time.

We will continue to update this website with regular updates and information.

Movement of citizens based on the penultimate number of your personal number. Twice a day for 120 minutes. (AM and PM)

Update: Monday 18 May

The Government of Kosovo has introduced Phase II. Please see further information here. Schools will remain closed at this time.

We will continue to update this website with regular updates and information.

Movement of citizens based on the penultimate number of your personal number. Twice a day for 120 minutes. (AM and PM)

Update: Thursday 16 Apri

We miss our community but know that we are all taking these measures to keep us safe in this ever-changing world.

As you may know, the Government of Kosovo has imposed further restrictive measures in order to prevent the spread of COVID -19. In the following link, you have the description of measures. (For English, please go to the end of this article.) forAdresimi i Ministrit të Shëndetësisë Arben Vitia në konferencën e sontme për media – Ministria e Shëndetësisë. The decision for each municipality is here – Vendimet për komunat e rrezikuara dhe për komunat e karantinuara

You also have the decision  Kosovo, the decision for Prishtina and the schedule for going out during the lockdown period which changes every three days.

You can also access the online calendar – Kur me dal? to identify the time of day in which you are allowed to leave your home if needed. Please put in the penultimate number from your ID Card (or Passport if you do not have an ID card with a number) and the time will appear

Update: Tuesday 14 April

Further restrictions on movement put in place

Kosovo residents are to be allocated 90 minute time slots in order to make essential trips according to new government measures designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which are set to come into force on Wednesday and apply until May 4. In an attempt to contain the spread of coronavirus in Kosovo, the Ministry of Health has announced a decision to implement new measures that will be in place from April 15 until at least May 4. Freedom of movement will be further restricted from Wednesday at 06: 00. Movement will be restricted to ninety minutes per day,

Update: Friday 27 March

Although our entire community would love to be back at the ILG campus the Government of Kosovo has announced an extension to online learning. Although it is not clear how long the extension will be, it states that the closures will be in effect “until another decision”. With cases in Kosovo growing each day we support the closures to ensure the safety or our community and country. We shall update you with any changes but expect to be off-campus for at least the next two weeks.

Update: Tuesday 24 March

Update: Tuesday 17 March

Dear ILG Community,

The ILG School campus will be open today, 17 March, until 13:00 if parents want to collect materials and resources. The campus will be closed until further notice after this time.

Kind regards,

The Senior Leadership Team

Update: Wednesday 11 March (Sent by email to all parents)

Dear ILG Community,

The Kosovar Government met on Monday and Tuesday this week in regards to the Coronavirus: COVID-19 situation in Kosovo. During these meetings, it was agreed that schools would remain open. However, it was also agreed that the Government can close schools if they feel it necessary. We have been informed that this could happen at any time.

In order to make sure our community is aware of ILG’s response, should this happen, we have prepared a dismissal procedure and a plan for moving immediately to Distance and Virtual Learning. The plan is being finalized to include parent feedback from our survey and will be published to the community within 24 hours of school closure. Teachers would also need that time to prepare communication and materials.

Event of Closure During the School Day

Once notified of a closure the following will happen:

  1. Parents will be informed by email from the info@ilg-ks.org email address. We will also announce this on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

  2. Class parents will be informed by phone and asked to contact the parents of their class, in the usual manner, of the closure.

  3. The School will remain in operation until 15:00 on the day of notification of closure in order to:

a. prepare students for online learning

b. give instructions for the next steps

c. provide students with all learning materials prior to the closure

  1. There will be no ASAs, or music lessons that usually take place after 15:00, on the day of closure.

  2. All students who usually take the bus home at either 15:00 or 16:00 will be provided transport at 15:00. (Parents do not need to collect their children.)

  3. Parents may pick up their children early if they feel they need to, however, we would advise against this so we can manage a calm end to the school day. This would also enable us to ensure all students have the necessary materials to move to online learning.

Event of Closure Outside of the School Day

Once notified of a closure, the following will happen:

  1. Parents will be informed by email from the info@ilg-ks.org email address. We will also announce this on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

  2. Class parents will be informed by phone and asked to contact the parents of their class, in the usual manner, of the closure.

  3. The School will not open following notification of closure however, the Senior Leadership Team will be available to hand out packets to any parents who have received notification from teachers that materials were not available prior to the closure.

Other Important Updates

Field Trips

Please note that, as we are facing possible closure with the COVID-19 outbreak, we have suspended all field trips until further notice. While we hope to remain open, we have reason to believe that school will be closed upon the first confirmation of the COVID-19 in Kosovo. Therefore, we would like to keep all students following the usual daily routine in the event of closure so we can manage the above dismissal procedures.

Website Communication

We will continue to update our website with regular updates and information.

Kind regards,

The Senior Leadership Team

Update: Wednesday 4 March (Sent by email to all parents)

Dear ILG Community,

Firstly we would like to thank you for your patience as we have navigated a difficult situation with the Coronavirus: CoVID-19 outbreak around the world, as it has reached closer to home these past 10 days. ILG School continues to work to ensure that proper precautions are in place for our community.

This morning we had a fruitful meeting with the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and have received clear guidance in the form of a Public Notice that has been sent to the Ministry of Education. ILG School is now able to follow these updated directives, while also maintaining quality teaching and learning for our students.

The guidance is as follows:

  1. lf your child has traveled outside of Kosovo and presents symptoms seek medical help and do not send them to school

  2. If your child has traveled to affected countries but does not present symptoms you do not need to seek medical help and they should come to school

  3. If your child has a fever of 38℃ (100.4 ℉) he or she should see a doctor

  4. In all other cases, students need to attend school

  5. If students are absent this must be justified by their doctor or these absences will be recorded as unexcused absences

  6. No director of a school has the authorization to stop the educational process, this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and other state agencies.

Actual measures for prevention of the virus in Educational Institutions consist of:

  1. Distribution of materials, information and communication – posters and organized lectures which are in the process of happening

  1. Lectures in schools which have already started, organized by specialists of public health of the NIPH in collaboration with the teachers and professors

  1. Disinfection and sanitization of all educational institutions and all spaces

A copy of this communication can be viewed in the Finance Office. We will also send home a leaflet that has been provided by the NIPH with each child on Thursday 5 March.

Important Updates

  1. ILG School will continue to check everyone’s temperature each morning using 38℃ (100.4 ℉) as a sign of a fever.

  1. Children and adults who are unwell should not come to school – particularly those with fever or respiratory issues, including severe coughs.

  1. Students will be marked absent (unless a doctor’s certificate has been provided) even if the family has decided to self-quarantine at home.

  1. 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 may wait at the gate (near the bus parking) 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.

  2. After-school Activities (ASAs) and the Peripatetic Music Program will resume as normal next week.

  1. We will continue to update our website with regular updates and information.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

The Senior Leadership Team

Update: Friday, 28 February (Sent by email to all parents)

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.

Important Updates

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Children and adults who are unwell must not come to school – particularly those with fever or respiratory issues, including severe coughs.

  1. 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.

  1. People who have traveled to particular cities with outbreaks (not including China) can self- quarantine at home for 14 days if they chose.

  1. 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”.

  1. Drop off and pick up:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  2. 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.)

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Education on the Virus

  • 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.

Sanitary Updates

  • 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

Self-Quarantine

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.

School Closure

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.

  • Elementary

    • 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

  • Secondary

    • Learning Experiences are already being created and shared regularly through Google Classroom

Counseling

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.

Kind regards,

The Senior Leadership Team

Update: Sunday, 23 February (Sent by email to all parents)

Dear Parents,

As you are aware we have been following closely the Covid-19 virus situation around the world. Although there are no reported cases in Kosovo we understand that members of our community have been traveling this last week and may have been in areas such as France, Spain, Italy or the UK where cases have been reported.

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to a flu-like illness and include cough, fever, or shortness of breath. If you or your children feel unwell please take the necessary measures to ensure our community stays well.

In an effort to keep our community safe and healthy ILG School will be checking everyone’s temperature each morning.

  • Staff will be checked prior to entry into the buildings

  • Parents will also be checked prior to entry into the buildings

  • Students from Grade 1-8 will be checked prior to entry into the school buildings

  • Daycare and Early Years students will have their temperatures checked before entering the classrooms

Any person found to have a temperature or who is unwell will be sent home immediately. We ask for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Rachel

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Further Information and guidance can be found below:

The basic principles provided by WHO to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following:

  • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.

  • Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.

  • Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.

  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

For further information on the virus here are some links:

  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

  • WHO Coronavirus

  • Guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

  • https://e-bug.eu/ – for teaching children about microbes and antibiotics

  • How-coronavirus-kills

  • Experts-say-confusion-over-coronavirus-case-count-in-china

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