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ISL’s Response

We want to make sure all members of our community have access and are able to find the latest important information regarding the schools response to the coronavirus outbreak. Below you will find the latest news, updates sent to our community, key dates, contact information, as well as external links to health organisations and Swiss news on the evolvements of the coronavirus.

Important ISL Information

  • Our current risk assessment is Level 4 – High Risk, find out more.
  • From Monday 25 May, Reception 3 to Year 10 students moved back to full time on-campus learning.
  • From Monday 8 June, Years 11 and 12 students have come back to school in half classes on alternate days.
  • We are committed to working proactively to prevent and help to manage infectious diseases within the school community. More on ISL’s infectious diseases policy.

Key ISL Dates

Monday 27 April

Return to school for Reception 3

Monday 11 May

Partial return to school Reception 4 to Year 10

Monday 25 May

Complete return to school for Reception 4 to Year 10

Monday 08 June

Partial return to school for Years 11 and 12

ISL Coronavirus Updates

ISL closely monitors the coronavirus situation and follows directives from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). The health and well-being of our community is our first priority.

The following updates have been communicated to families by email from the Director, Mr. Frazer Cairns:

  • 28 May 2020: Policy and Procedures for Years 11 and 12, 08 June to 26 June.
  • 20 May 2020: Policy and Procedures for 25 May 2020 to 08 June.
  • 30 April 2020: Policy and Procedures for 11 May 2020.
  • 23 April 2020: Policy and Procedures for R3 April 2020.
  • 19 March 2020: Feedback survey explanation and useful information.
  • 16 March 2020: Remote learning resources and communication procedure.
  • 13 March 2020: From Tuesday 17 March until Thursday 9 April, Remote Learning.
  • 12 March 2020: First school closure in Switzerland, updates from the IB Organization.
  • 9 March 2020: Risk assessment level remains medium. Careful monitoring of health is required.
  • 6 March 2020: Events cancelled/ postponed – both within Switzerland and internationally.
  • 3 March 2020: Draft for online learning policy and procedure completed.
  • 28 February 2020: Risk assessment level 3 – medium. All international trips cancelled.
  • 26 February 2020: First person tested positive for COVID-19 in Switzerland.
  • 24 February 2020: Self-exclusion for people having travelled to affected areas if health complaints.
  • 19 February 2020: Risk assessment is 2. Arrangements discussed following the February Break.
  • 3 February 2020: Risk assessment is 2 – moderate. School’s operations will continue as normal.

Contact Information

We will communicate with parents regularly through updates, which will also be posted on this web page. Primary school teachers will communicate with parents each morning via the daily email. Secondary school teachers will communicate with students via email and Google Classroom. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to send an email.

General: Frazer Cairns

Primary: Lief Erickson

Secondary: Simon Foley 


Useful External Links

Please find several external links to useful pages below concerning information on the virus as well as updates.


The answers to the questions below are from external professional sources.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organisation: The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
How can I assess my condition or that of those around me?
The CoronaCheck is a tool that will quickly assess your risk or that of those around you and also tell you what to do accordingly. Please use the following link:
What are the main ways in which the virus is transmitted?
According to the FOPH the virus is mainly transmitted:

By close and prolonged contact: If you’re closer than two metres to a person who has contracted the illness for more than 15 minutes.

By droplet infection: If a person sneezes or coughs, the virus can be transported directly to the mucus membranes in the nose, mouth or eyes of other people.

By your hands: Infectious droplets can get onto your hands from coughing and sneezing. Or you come into contact with a surface contaminated with the virus. They can then get into your system if you touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
How can you best protect yourself and others?
1. Keep a distance of 2 meters
2. Wash your hands thoroughly
3. Don’t shake hands
4. Stay at home from now on
5. Always call ahead before going to the doctor’s or the emergency department
Where can I find news on the situation in Switzerland?
The link below clearly explains the current situation in Switzerland in English.

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