COVID-19 and Learning


Last updated:
1 April 2021

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year! Since September ISP has been fully open for all students from Nursery to Grade 12, in compliance with the health, hygiene and safety guidelines defined by the French government. Additional physical distancing and movement control measures have been enacted to ensure the highest levels of safety for students and staff. 

As of the week beginning Monday, April 5th, all schools in France will be closed for three weeks following the updated governmental schedule for online learning, April holiday period and required class closures.

This webpage will be updated regularly so that you have the most recent information about learning and COVID-19 at the International School of Paris. Please bookmark this page for easy reference.

Please also visit the page: Managing Possible / Positive COVID-19 Cases at ISP
Please also visit the page: Resources for Staying Safe and Informed



Lockdown 3/Reinforced Restriction Period - School Closed and Holiday Schedule

President Macron announced on Wednesday evening, 31 March, that all schools in France, Nursery to Grade 12, will be closed from Monday, 5 April  for a three week period.  This period includes two weeks of national school holidays, the dates of which have slightly changed from regional calendars.

ISP will follow this new government initiative which includes virtual schooling for all students the week of 5 April, followed by two weeks of holiday.  This means the ISP school holidays will now begin one week earlier than planned (week of 12 April), and finish one week earlier (return to in-person/virtual schooling week of 26 April). This new plan also minimises virtual schooling to only one week for Primary School students. 



ISP lockdown schedule

For full information about what will change, remain the same or continue to be evaluated, please check your email regularly for updates from ISP News.

Online/Home Learning

An Online/Home Learning programme will be used to support families...Whilst schools in France are closed, and during the mandated distance learning periods, our Online Home Learning programme will drive our students’ learning programme and provide resources and wellbeing information. 
Online Home Learning offers a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks that connect to previous learning and the current curriculum. Our Online Home Learning site below directs students to their learning tasks through the Managebac, Google Classroom and SeeSaw platforms.

Our priority is always face-to-face learning on campuses. Once school returns to session the week of 26 April (Primary) and 3 May (Secondary), a modified Online/Home Learning programme is available to support fully enrolled families who cannot return to France due to border control concerns. This programme will also support students who are in official quarantine.

Note - Online Home Learning that is offered while school is on site, in person, is not provided to students located anywhere in France, unless they fulfill the criteria of numbers; 2, 3, or 4.
  1. A modified Online/Home Learning programme is available to support fully enrolled families who cannot, due to border control issues and/or isolation/quarantine issues, return to France.
  2. Online/Home Learning will be provided if at any time a single class, grade level, campus or the whole school is closed due to COVID-19. This includes any blended scenarios where class numbers/sizes are limited and students are attending in rotation.
  3. Online/Home Learning is provided to students who test positive for COVID-19 and are isolating, only if they are asymptomatic. Note - Any student who is unwell must rest and recover as their priority and should not be working.   
  4. Online/Home Learning is also provided to support students who are in official isolation/quarantine as ‘immediate contact cases’. 
  5. If a family must leave ISP (and France) during the school year due to COVID-19 relocation reasons (to include the destination country and any quarantine period), modified Online/Home Learning can be provided. School Principals will approve up to two weeks for quarantine periods and up to one month in extenuating circumstances.
  6. If a family is returning to their home country during an official school vacation, and needs to quarantine and miss school in order to do this, ISP will provide modified Online/Home Learning for the quarantine period only. Any further extension of the holiday is at the family's discretion. 

Families meeting the criteria above must contact the school principals for further details. You will find their contact details below.

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case/es in the school community, a homeroom, grade level, campus or the whole school may be closed for a set period of time, as established by the French health authorities.
During any such closure period, we will continue to actively support and guide learning and wellbeing through our Online Home Learning website. Such model will remain in place and will be available only during the established closure period and / or any required extension.

Learning Scenarios

  School Status Conditions Description Online Provision

In Person
(fully open)
ISP plans to be open unless closed by the French authorities Face-to-face, in school learning Only for students outside of France or in official quarantine


Blended The French authorities limit class sizes and / or the number of students that can attend school In school and online / home learning rotations For groups of students who are learning from home on a rotation system


(physically closed)
The French authorities officially close schools in Paris, or in some areas of the city ISP's fully online / home learning model For all students at all grades, 5 days a week




Learn more about the different scenarios:



Visitor Protocols

While ISP is physically closed for the period of 5 April - 26 April, our head office will be the Beethoven campus. 

  • A small team of school leaders will come together at the Beethoven campus, daily, to maintain all critical functions and services. 
  • The Ranelagh campus will be fully closed for the period of 5 April - 26 April.  The Cortambert campus will be fully closed for the period of 5 April - 3 May.
  • All campus phones will be redirected to the Beethoven campus, during business hours.

Note - Please do not come to the ISP campuses unless you are directed to do so by the campus Principal or Head of School (only).

Special events and gatherings, including parent workshops, will be arranged virtually, through the Zoom platform.

ECA Programmes

We anticipate that some of our ECAs will be offered during normal school in-session days through a modified, virtual format. You will receive more information via ISP News for specific activities.


ISP will communicate about the school closure period and Online/Home Learning in the following formats: 

  •  A weekly ‘School Closure Update’ email from school leaders released each Wednesday as our main method of communication. 
  • The Sunday Newsletter will be used by school leaders for additional messages. 
  • Our COVID-19 & Learning Website contains all the information about Online/Home Learning.
  • Our SMS system will be used for emergency and quick action messages.

Who to Contact?

COVID-19 related contact information and links.

COVID-19 Contacts Infographic

General questions contact information.

General Contact Infographic



Contact Us

Please contact for any medical questions, or to report a suspected case of COVID-19.

Please contact our school leaders for questions related to teaching, learning or individual students.

Ranelagh Campus

Jason Taylor, Primary School Principal

Elisabeth Mailhac, Vice Principal Student Wellbeing
Cortambert Campus Amy Bowley, Secondary School Assistant Principal
Jo Pakulska, Vice Principal Student Wellbeing
Beethoven Campus Damian Kerr, Secondary School Principal
Jo Pakulska, Vice Principal Student Wellbeing



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