Update for Parents on November 29, 2020:

Dear CIS Families, 

A positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Saturday November 28th, 2020. It is reported that the patient experienced symptoms in the 10 days before her test came back positive and that she shopped at Aeon Mall 1 on November 21st. 

The Ministry of Health has mandated the following health and safety precautions: 

  • If you have come in direct contact with the shopper or any of her family members who tested positive, you must self-quarantine for 14 days. 
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you must take a COVID-19 test at a government-approved testing center. 
  • If you have had indirect contact with the shopper, which includes having gone to Aeon Mall 1 on November 21st, a self-quarantine is recommended. 

The health of our community is extremely important. To ensure we keep our families safe, we need your help. Please complete the form sent to all parents via email if any of the above precautions apply to you and your family. If your child needs to quarantine, we will temporarily enroll them in the distance learning program during the quarantine period.

Together, we will overcome this. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our vice principal (mary.wastell@cisp.edu.kh) or school nurse (cassie.zimmerman@cisp.edu.kh). You can also visit our website for COVID-19 updates. 

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 

Kind Regards, 
CIS Leadership

Update for Parents on November 8, 2020: 

CIS Families, 

As mandated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, all schools in Phnom Penh and Kandal will close down for 14 days effective immediately. Information regarding distance learning for your child during this period is forthcoming. Thank you for your patience, continued support and cooperation.

Kind Regards, 

CIS Leadership 

Update for Parents on November 8, 2020: 

Dear CIS Families, 

We hope you are enjoying the holiday. Health and safety continues to be a priority at the school. It is our mission to provide high quality education while ensuring our students are able to Create, Inspire and Succeed in a safe learning environment. This happens with teamwork from our faculty, staff, parents and students. 

We made the decision to institute distance learning for our Grade 9 and Grade 10 students because a parent came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. We thank parents for their collaboration and transparency, which allows us to implement plans that best suit the health and safety needs of the school. 

Communication is very important to us. If you came in contact with the Hungarian Delegation during their visit, please email info@cisp.edu.kh. This information will remain confidential and allow us to keep our community safe.
 Together, we will continue to overcome challenges presented during these unprecedented times. If you have any COVID-19 related or general health and safety questions, please contact our nurse Ms. Cassie Zimmerman at cassie.zimmerman@cisp.edu.kh. Thank you for your commitment to the school. 

Kind Regards, 
CIS Leadership 

Update for parents on July 24, 2020:

Dear CIS Community,

On behalf of the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh Board of Directors, leadership team, teachers, and staff, I am pleased to announce that the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh will officially be reopening in August.  

Our Summer Program will commence August 3 and our regular school year will start on August 24 as per our published calendar. More information will be forthcoming regarding the measures that will be in place to protect our school community upon reopening. A detailed health and safety partnership will be signed by all families, as we work to Create, Inspire, and Succeed together during the school year 2020-2021.

CIS would like to thank the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport along with the Ministry of Health for their shared guidance and leadership in this effort. A great deal of effort has been put forward to get us to this point. I also want to recognize the efforts of our leadership and health and safety teams for the countless hours put into our reopening plans and preparation. Working together, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our CIS students, staff, and families.  

We look forward to welcoming you all back in August.  Our Admissions team will be happy to share more information with both returning students and prospective families about admission for 2020-2021. Also, be sure to check your email or contact info@cisp.edu.kh for information on our Summer Program. 

Please enjoy the rest of your summer and look forward to returning to our CIS campuses in August.

Yours in Education, 

Jason Caruana 

Head of School 

Canadian International School of Phnom Penh 

Update for parents on May 28, 2020:


Dear Parents,

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:

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 info@cisp.edu.kh.

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.

  • China 
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • 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.

  • China 
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea

For more information, please view our Coronavirus Travel Policy.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@cisp.edu.kh. 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 info@cisp.edu.kh 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. 

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