Update for parents on May 28, 2020:
LETTER FROM MS. WASTELL, VICE PRINCIPAL AND HEAD OF THE CIS HEALTH AND SAFETY TEAM
I am writing to you on behalf of the Health and Safety team at CIS. We are well aware of how worrying the current coronavirus situation is, and want to assure you that we are taking the wellbeing of our school community very seriously. We have had plans in place for the reopening of campuses since the first week after they were closed. These plans are updated regularly, according to new information and knowledge about the virus.
View the full text of the letter here.
Excerpt from a Letter to Parents on April 28, 2020:
REOPENING CIS CAMPUSES
While we are proud of our distance learning program, our focus remains on reopening the campus to students as soon as we are allowed to. The Ministry of Education has not provided a date for reopening as of yet, and plans are being developed to enable CIS to welcome students back on campus as smoothly as possible while ensuring both health and safety and continued delivery of an excellent academic program. When we are given dates for reopening, full details regarding reopening plans will be shared with all parents.
Health & Safety Update as of March 19, 2020:
The school premises went through a deep cleaning March 14-15, and has been cleaned daily since. Another deep cleaning will happen this weekend, March 21-22.
Here are some general health tips to keep in mind during the online learning period:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze
- Wear a mask in public spaces
- Avoid large social gatherings and crowds
- Practice social distancing (2 meters or more)
- Minimize use of public transportation (tuk tuks)
- Avoid sharing household items with others
- Wash cookware, dishes and eating utensils thoroughly.
If you experience any symptoms including coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and fever of 37.5 and above, please call our CIS Hotline.
Important Notices as of March 14, 2020:
4:00pm: As mandated by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh, along with all other schools in Phnom Penh, will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. Students and parents are prohibited from entering the Bassac Garden, Koh Pich and Olympia City campuses effective immediately.
All CIS campuses are currently undergoing deep-cleaning managed by the school’s operation team. The school will continue the schedule of normal cleaning Monday to Friday and deep cleaning on the weekend while closed and once classes recommence. As an extra precaution, the school is being deep cleaned twice this weekend on Saturday, March 14 and again on Sunday, March 15.
CIS faculty and staff must be self-quarantined for a period of 14 days if they:
- came within 1.5 meters of the staff member who tested positive for coronavirus for a period of 20 minutes or more between February 24 and March 9; OR
- developed symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and a fever of over 37.5 °C.
We established a hotline for all community members who may have symptoms related to coronavirus. If you experience any symptoms, please contact one of our CIS representatives.
After the Cambodian government ordered all schools to close in Siem Reap, our academic team proactively developed distance learning plans for students from nursery to Grade 9. Online learning across all campuses will begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. We have increased the internet bandwidth to ensure there are no interruptions with our server. If you have questions about how to navigate Seesaw or Google Classroom, please contact your child’s teachers. While at home, we still encourage all students to continue practicing good hygiene by regularly washing their hands with soap.
Due to the sensitivity of school circumstances, we ask that you rely only on official updates from CIS. There has been a lot of misinformation circulating social media sites and we want to ensure our parents receive details that are accurate and concise.
We appreciate your commitment to CIS and allowing us to educate your children. Please know that these measures are taken with them in mind. We will keep all parents up-to-date on future developments. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12:21am: A CIS staff member was tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, March 13. This staff member was likely infected when he recently travelled to Thailand. He has not been within any CIS campus since March 6th. He is being taken care of by the Cambodian health staff and his health has improved.
Following the advice of the Ministry of Health, the CIS staff member has been isolated in quarantine for 14 days. He is being tested daily until his test results come back negative.
CIS Coronavirus Update As of March 13, 2020:
The Canadian International School of Phnom Penh is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. Our preventative measures are based on information and recommendations provided by the Cambodian government, Ministry of Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Institut Pasteur du Cambodge and Embassies.
As we proactively take measures to help protect our community, we ask that all students who traveled/will travel to the following areas stay home for 14 days after they return to Phnom Penh.
- South Korea
In addition to the temperature checks and hand sanitation on entry to CIS, as a further preventative measure, all students and staff who went to Japan, Germany, France, Spain, the United States or Siem Reap this past week will be monitored by our school nurses twice each day. If your child went to one of these places please inform Reception or one of the school nurses.
Additionally, recommend the following article about children and school safety from WHO’s website.
CIS Coronavirus Update as of March 10, 2020:
In addition to the temperature checks and hand sanitation on entry to CIS, as a further preventative measure, all students and staff who went to Japan, Germany, France or Siem Reap this past week will be monitored by our school nurses twice each day. If your child went to one of these places please inform Reception or one of the school nurses.
CIS Coronavirus Update as of March 8, 2020:
Dear CIS Families:
As you may be aware, a case of coronavirus was detected in Siem Reap over the weekend. The Prime Minister ordered all schools in Siem Reap to be closed for 14 days.
CIS and EFI are closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. To this day, cases have not been reported in Phnom Penh. We would like to inform you that school will remain open and classes will resume on Tuesday, March 10. CIS and EFI will continue to follow the guidelines and regulations outlined by the Cambodian government, Ministry of Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
We understand how this news can cause concern. Please know that we are taking the necessary precautions to help protect our community. These include:
- Mandatory temperature checks and use of hand sanitizer for anyone who enters the school
- School trip cancellations
- Coronavirus Travel Policy
CIS Coronavirus Update as of March 3, 2020:
Dear CIS Families,
As we proactively take measures to help protect our community, we ask that all students who traveled/will travel to the following countries stay home for 14 days after they return to Phnom Penh.
- South Korea
For more information, please view our Coronavirus Travel Policy.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
CIS Coronavirus Athletics Update as of February 20, 2020:
While the international ASAC and CISSA tournaments have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, the local middle school ISSAPP league continues as normal. The middle school ISSAPP soccer season ended on February 8th. The ISSAPP volleyball season will start on February 24th. Please note that there is a 2-week break between the end of the soccer season and the beginning of the volleyball season as we had initially scheduled our practices around the Experience Week. Middle School volleyball practices, matches, and tournaments will continue as normal from March until May and are currently unaffected by the Coronavirus cancellations. In addition, the CIS swim teams continue to practice as normal. For a complete list of our team schedules and practice days please consult the following list.
CIS Coronavirus Message to Parents on January 29, 2020:
Dear CIS Families,
Thank you for cooperating with measures put in place at school to address concerns regarding the coronavirus. This is an evolving case, and all community members share the same goal of protecting our students.
While we continue to monitor this health alert, the school is currently open and should remain open in the foreseeable future. The following changes have gone into effect:
- Extracurricular Activities (ECAs) will also continue as scheduled.
- As a precautionary measure, swimming was cancelled at CIS while we investigated the health implications of swimming under the present circumstances. After careful consideration, we have decided to resume swimming classes from February 10th onwards during PE class and swim team practices. This decision is in line with what other international schools in Phnom Penh and the SE Asian region are doing. We have an advanced digital water quality monitor to ensure proper chlorination and pH levels on a daily basis. The pool area is cleaned and disinfected daily. To enhance our safety procedures at the pool, swim teachers will ensure that students shower with soap and water before entering, and after exiting the pool. Any student exhibiting signs of illness will not be allowed into the pool. With these procedures in place, the professional medical consultants for the school have assured us that there is no more risk of infection than usual at the pool, and that we can resume swimming at CIS.
- Experience Week for Grades 6-9 has been cancelled for this school year. Information on an alternative service-learning program based in Phnom Penh is forthcoming.
There have been no cases of coronavirus detected or reported at any CIS campus. Additionally, we allow students, faculty and staff to wear masks.
To ensure the continued health and safety of our community, the following measures are in place:
- Students and family members with a fever, significant cough, or shortness of breath are requested to stay home.
- Entry to the school is restricted to two entrances. A nurse is stationed at each entrance and checks each person’s body temperature before they enter the school.
- Those with a temperature below 37.5°C will be allowed to enter and are provided with hand sanitizer.
- Those who are sent home with a temperature will need a doctor’s note to return to school. The certificate must state the patient has been afebrile (not had a fever) for at least 24 hours without the use of an antipyretic (drug to reduce fever).
- Any students who have travelled to China are to stay home from school for 15 days after their return to Cambodia and monitored by caregivers for coronavirus symptoms. The student can return to school after 15 days if they are free of fever-like symptoms. We ask that parents liaise with teachers during this time for online-learning guidance and resources.
- Staff and students have been trained on how to properly wash their hands. Students are required to wash their hands/use hand sanitizer before each snack and meal and after going to the bathroom.
- While the school allows staff and students to wear masks, it is not required.
In addition, if you experience symptoms related to coronavirus such as fever, significant cough and shortness of breath, and any of the following apply to you, please stay home and call the 115 emergency hotline:
- have traveled to China in the past 14 days.
- were in contact with someone in the past 14 days who is being tested for coronavirus.
- were in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
115 provides service in Khmer. If your case is considered as potentially being related to coronavirus, the 115 Response Team will send a medic to your home.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
For more information, please refer to information provided by the World Health Organization, Centre for Disease Control, and other reputable and verifiable international sources.