COVID-19 Information & Resources
With the suspension of physical classes, learning does not end at Cebu International School! Our students are accustomed to learning on digital devices, and we have implemented our remote learning protocols where teachers prepare learning tasks communicated through the Seesaw and Google Classroom learning platforms, and using a variety of other online learning tools. The teachers also make themselves available during scheduled school hours in order to guide and support students with their remote learning tasks.
Please find details in our guidelines via the link below.
Early Years & Elementary School
Students in the Early Years & Elementary School will have school work and activities assigned by their teachers via the Seesaw app. The app can be downloaded in both Android & iOS devices and can also be accessed via web. Both parents and students have access to this app and can monitor work and feedback given by teachers.
Click or copy the links below to download Seesaw on your respective devices:
Middle & High School
MHS students will have school work and activities assigned by their teachers via Google Classroom. Google Classroom can be accessed online or you can install the Classroom app on iOS devices, Android devices, or Chrome OS mobile devices.
Note: To use all the features of Classroom on your mobile device, install Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. If you use a computer, you don’t need to install anything. Open a browser window and sign in to Classroom.
Click or copy the links below to download Google Classroom on your respective devices:
March 22, 2020
March 20, 2020
The COVID-19 situation around the world continues to be a concern in many countries. As of writing, we only have 1 case of COVID-19 in Cebu, and we support the authorities attempts to use social distancing in order to attempt to avoid a serious outbreak. Please continue to follow their advice, and keep a focus on your own health and wellbeing. For ideas on how you might do this is to consider the IB Learner Profile Attributes applied to our specific situation, as presented by J. von Estorff:
March 16, 2020
On March 15th, Mayor Labella issued an Executive Order (052) expanding the previous order to place Cebu City under community quarantine and extending the suspension of school classes until April 14. CIS will, therefore, continue with our remote learning systems over the next 3 weeks, which brings us to our Easter/Spring Holidays. Unless we are instructed otherwise, we currently plan to resume classes on April 15 after our Spring Break.
Please be aware that Cebu Province Governor Ms. Gwendolyn Garcia has also just expanded her earlier order for mandatory quarantine from various domestic locations to Executive Order No. 5-J, ordering ALL persons arriving by air from ANY FOREIGN COUNTRY (from Tuesday 17th) to be quarantined upon entry to Cebu. Filipinos will be placed under home, foreign nationals shall undergo mandatory quarantine at designated quarantine facilities at their own cost.
This order does not give an end date but earlier orders were for 30 days, so families that are leaving Cebu need to consider the possibility of being quarantined upon their return if they come back before the order is lifted, as well as the possibility that the order is extended.
Actions taken by the CIS Administration to comply with the orders:
- Suspension of classes until April 14, 2020
- Students will engage in remote learning during suspension of classes. Teachers will provide the best distance learning opportunities possible
- CIS makes use of a multitude of online tools to help continue with collaboration, projects, discussions and developing critical thinking, amongst other skills
- Heightened security and health checks are in place for those who need to come on campus
- Deep cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and other school facilities, including air conditioning, is ongoing.
The suspension of classes and associated community quarantine is considered the most prudent action to take by numerous experts and one that will save numerous lives (here is a good explanation of the benefits of social distancing by the Washington Post).
Please keep in mind the purpose of the closure is to stop the spread of Covid-19. It will be challenging at times, but please keep up hygiene protocols you are all familiar with now, and follow all the health guidelines regarding unnecessary group gatherings and avoiding public areas as much as possible. At the same time, keep it in perspective, stay safe, and we will pull through this together as a strong, caring community.
March 6, 2020
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, and will update you as the situation progresses. This past week has seen continued increases in the number of cases outside of China, but it is promising to note the continued decrease in new cases within China.
The school remains very vigilant with our COVID-19 threat matrix and continues to check all visitors onto campus, as well as students and families that have been traveling outside the country. Additionally, all traveling families are required to notify the school of their travel plans, and any family members who visit areas that have been identified ‘Hot-Spots’ are required to remain off campus for 14 days following their return. If families or family members are considering travel, please remember that the possibility of a 14-day restriction is always possible.
February 14, 2020
The health and safety of CIS’s community remains our highest priority, and we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation daily as we attempt to keep a balance between mitigating risks to an acceptable level in what is an evolving situation. We will continue to take necessary precautions as well as adapt our practices as the situation requires, keeping the best interests of the health and safety of our community and visitors a priority.
February 7, 2020
In response to the international concerns around the Coronavirus, CIS continues to be very aware of the international and local news, and while not overreacting to the threat, we still want to take it seriously. You will see in each class that additional hand sanitizers have been added and teachers are talking with students about the importance of hand cleaning. Hand cleaning has been identified by the WHO as the most effective defense against the Coronavirus.
January 31, 2020
The health and safety of our entire school community is our highest priority. We will constantly do our best to ensure we use the most appropriate risk mitigation procedures possible to address the threats we are facing.
- CIS is currently not accepting walk-in visitors (visitors must rearrange their visit in order to allow us to screen them for potential threat).
- If you have travelled outside of Cebu within the past 14 days, please inform our clinic or school nurse stating when and where you travelled, and any info regarding the potential exposure you may have had.
Please keep your child home if they have any flu-like symptoms. You need to obtain a doctor’s note before returning to school.
- All returning students must check in to the clinic with their medical note upon return before going to class.
- Field-trips to high risk areas not permitted (any threats to be identified on Risk Assessment Form and trip viability considered).