COVID-19: IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please check this page regularly for the latest information on our learning programs and school activities

School-Wide Protective Measures

With the arrival of spring, we are excited to introduce the new round of learning measures, put forth by the state and federal government, starting Monday, 15 March, 2021: all of our students may return to campus for some on-site learning, which continues to be complemented by remote learning. Please refer to the section below for more detailed information about the blended learning programs in each school form. We will continue to uphold the highest standard of protective and hygienic measures for all on-site learning and supervision.

  • EVERYONE (students, teachers and staff) who comes within 150 meters of and/or enters our school campus is to wear a face mask (medical or FFP2) at all times and keep a distance of 1.5 meters from others, whenever possible
  • Staggered arrival, break and pick-up times (see the section below for specific information on your child’s school form)
  • Fixed seating plans in classes; separation of classes and school forms as much as possible
  • One-way walking systems in all corridors and stairways; individual use of restrooms
  • Regular ventilation (every 20 minutes for a minimum of 5 minutes) and disinfection of classrooms
  • Regular COVID-19 testing for all teachers and staff
  • Upholding our school-wide hygiene plan

Admissions

Our Admissions Office is available Monday-Friday to answer any inquiries and discuss enrollment at Cologne International School. Due to the latest Corona protective measures, we are unfortunately unable to hold on-campus appointments, give school tours, or invite prospective students to visit our classes. As soon as the situation changes, we will update our policy here. In the meantime, our Admissions and Leadership Teams continue to be available via e-mail, telephone and video calls. Please contact us to make a virtual appointment:

To best protect the school community, we urge you to comply with the following measures:

  • Please continue to pay close attention to possible signs of illness in your child and only send him/her to school if s/he has been completely symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
  •  If children show cold-like symptoms at school, they have to be sent home for at least 24 hours. We must report any infection symptoms that may be related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus directly to the health department of the city of Cologne.
  • Please keep your children at home even if a family member shows signs of illness or it is suspected that a family member has had contact with a person infected with Covid-19.

Please feel free to contact our School Leadership Team with any questions you may have.

Bilingual Primary

As of 22 February, 2021, all primary classes are returning to campus for on-site learning.
– Learning will take place in small fixed groups: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, etc. Students will have 5 classes a day: Math, German, English, Unit and Weekly Plan.
– Students are to bring their breakfast snack and drink from home – there will be a breakfast snack break and recess.
– All students are to have two child-size fitting masks – masks must be worn any time students are not at their fixed seat. All teachers will be wearing a medical or FFP2 mask.
Arrival and pick up times:
3/4AB: 7:50 (arrival), 12:20 (pick-up)
3/4CD: 8:00 (arrival), 12:30 (pick-up)
1/2AB: 8:15 (arrival), 12:45 (pick-up)
1/2CD: 8:25 (arrival), 12:55 (pick-up)
– Emergency supervision will be offered from 12:20-3:30pm; please only sign up for this if you have no possibility to supervise your children at home.  No on-site learning will be taking place and all students must wear masks at all times.
– Please contact your child’s classroom teachers if you have questions regarding the learning plan, schedule or assignments.
– The Primary Leadership Team is happy to address any other questions or concerns you may have: primary.management@if-koeln.de

International Secondary

As of 15 March, we are pleased to welcome all of our International Secondary students back to campus for blended learning. The schedules, learning plans and tasks will be communicated by the teachers for each class.
– Classes 5-12 will alternate between on-site lessons and online lessons.
– Qualification exams in grades 10 and 12 will take place on-site, as communicated.
All students must wear a medical or an FFP2 mask when on campus – we recommend bringing a spare mask with you.
– Students are to bring food and drink for break times from home.
Please continue to use the 180 entrance for entering/leaving the campus.
– Any updates or changes to the learning program will be communicated as quickly as possible.
– Please contact Mr. Shaun Roberts, the International Secondary Principal, with any questions or concerns you may have: shaun.roberts@if-koeln.de

Gymnasium bilingual +

As of 15 March, we are pleased to welcome all of our Gymnasium students back to campus for blended learning.The schedules, learning plans and tasks will be communicated by the teachers for each class.
– Classes 5-EF will alternate between on-site lessons and online lessons; online lessons will continue each afternoon for classes 5-9.
– The blended learning program for year groups Q1 and Q2 remains unchanged, with the addition of extra on-site exam preparation in the afternoons; exams will take place on-site, as communicated.
All students must wear a medical or an FFP2 mask when on campus – we recommend bringing a spare mask with you.
– Students are to bring their breakfast snack and drink from home; no food or drink will be provided by the school.
– Classes 8A and 9A are to use the green emergency exit at the multipurpose room for arriving/leaving. All other students are to enter/exit the campus through the fire brigade gate on Neue Sandkaul, next to Vincerola.
Arrival: 8:00-9:00am; pick-up: 12:00/2:00pm (any late arrivals/leavers are to use the main entrance)
– Any updates or changes to the learning program will be communicated as quickly as possible.
– Please contact the Gymnasium Leadership Team with any questions or concerns you may have: management.gym@if-koeln.de

* All food and drinks needed during the day must be brought from home. Food, drink and work materials may not be shared between children.

* Parents are not allowed on the school grounds – please drop-off and pick-up children at the relevant entrance, adhering to social distancing standards.

* Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our School Leadership Team or Management at any time:  leadership.team@if-koeln.de.

SPORTS BLOG

Staying active while staying at home

To help our students and families stay active during this time, our dedicated sports teachers have put together a Sports Blog with fun exercise activities and videos.

TAI CHI

Our Tai Chi teachers, Heiko Baumann and Peng Fei Yang, have created some great Tai Chi videos for...

SPORTS FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS

Take a learning break for some physical activity, or practice your Tai Chi skills with our Tai Chi Masters – Master Yang and Master Baumann.

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