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ISL upper school ramps up safety for 11 May reopening



The International School of Luxembourg will reopen its upper school on 11 May with stringent measures to avoid the spread of covid-19 Luc Deflorenne/archives

The International School of Luxembourg will reopen its upper school on 11 May with stringent measures to avoid the spread of covid-19 Luc Deflorenne/archives

Guidelines published on the ISL website explain that the school will follow in part the education ministry strategy, splitting the student body in two and alternating in-school attendance on a weekly basis to help limit physical contact. Grade 11 students will continue with virtual learning at home, the site explains.

Parents will be expected to check their child’s temperature each morning before school. If it exceeds 37.5°C, the child must remain at home. The school will also check the students’ temperatures when they arrive at school. They will not be allowed entry if their temperature exceeds 37.5°C.

The school will introduce a one-way traffic system in corridors and hallways. Students must also wear face coverings on the campus, on public transport and, and in the classroom, unless their teacher allows them to remove it. Breaktimes will be staggered and outdoor games involving close contact will be discouraged. The canteen will be closed except to prepare packed lunches where ordered.

Children who consistently fail to observe social distancing and good hygiene habits could be excluded from school for the remainder of the year.

The measures will be in place until the end of the school year on 26 June.

The ISL has not yet issued guidelines for reopening the primary school. Public primary schools are scheduled to reopen on 25 May. Education minister Claude Meisch said in a press briefing on Tuesday that parents will be polled about their additional childcare needs once schools reopen.