COVID-19 and Learning


Last updated:
22 JANUARY 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. ISP remains fully open for all grade levels (Nursery to Grade 12) during the new lockdown period that began in France on 30 October.  This lockdown 2 period will end on 15 December, and ISP will continue to maintain the highest standards of safety and sanitary protocols as France begins its phased, deconfinement protocols

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 2/Deconfinement - School Fully Open

What has changed?

  • Masks are now obligatory for students in Grades 1-12.
  • Field trips are cancelled starting 2 November.
  • Secondary school students should proceed directly to their homerooms. No mixing between grade groups will be strictly enforced.

What remains the same?

  • School start times.
  • Safety and hygiene protocols.
  • ECA and after-school sports continue, subject to certain modifications taking into account governmental policies regarding the use of public facilities and other protocols.
  • Requirement to inform the school immediately should you or a family member test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as a contact at risk.
  • Online Home Learning in the event of a health quarantine, the impossibility to return to France or required class or campus closure.
  • No on-campus visitors; any required meetings by appointment only.
  • On-going support to our whole community through our wellbeing, educational and school leadership teams.

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.



Coming to School Each Day

  • Students and staff can only attend school if they are at full health. The school nurses will be monitoring everyone carefully - anyone who is unwell will be immediately sent home. Please consult your family doctor about any specific medical conditions and the safety of returning to school in September.
  • Families have a duty to take their child(ren)'s temperature daily. Staff should also take their temperature, as well as monitor the temperature of their family members. Temperatures must be below 37.8 degrees to enter school
  • All materials brought to school by both students and stuff must be cleaned thoroughly. This includes, but is not limited to: bags, cutlery, stationary, books and electronic devices. 
  • Primary School students can enter Gate 2 starting at 8:30. Parents must remain on the sidewalk, outside the gate. An exception is made for the parents of Early Learners and Kindergartners, who may accompany their children onto the Ranelagh campus and into classrooms. 



Online/Home Learning

An Online/Home Learning programme will be used to support families...Schooling remains compulsory in France, and students should attend classes as normal, in accordance with governmental and school health protocols. 
Our priority is always face-to-face learning on campuses. 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 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. This Model 2 Online / Home Learning (Partly or Fully Closed) will remain in place and will be available only during the established closure period and / or any required extension.
School principals will communicate to all groups involved in this blended or full closure. Questions can be directed to leaders and key staff. You will find their contact details below

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

Parents and caregivers will not be permitted to enter the school campuses freely. An exception is in place for parents of Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten students at arrival and departure times, only.

Campus entry and face-to-face meetings will be by appointment only. When meetings are set, campus reception areas or designated meeting rooms will be used.

Special events and gatherings, including parent workshops, will be organised according to the most up-to-date health and hygiene protocols. Events requiring limited collaboration will be arranged virtually, through the Zoom platform.



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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