COVID-19 and Learning


Last updated:
10 June 2021

Welcome to the 2020-21 academic year! From September 2020 until April 2021 ISP was  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, 3 May, all students are back on campus following the recent April holiday/school closure period.  Further details for different situational learning models can be found below.

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



Reinforced Restriction/Curfew Period - Paris

On 26 April, Primary School students returned to full-time, in-person learning following the April lockdown/school holiday period.  All grade levels will have in-person learning each day.

On 3 May, Secondary School students will returned to in-person learning following the April lockdown/school holiday period.  Grades 8 and 9 were on rotation, and attended classes on campus 50% and online home learning 50% of the time during the month of May. Following the government's announcement on May 28th, all students in Grades 8 and 9 returned to school full time from Monday 31st May.  The health situation in Paris now supports students' return to class, and ISP will remove the requirement for hybrid learning that was in place in May. 

Grade 12 classes are now finished, but all other students are attending classes on campus full time.

The national curfew has been changed from 19:00 - 6:00 to 23:00 - 6:00, and does no longer limit end time for our after school activities.

For full information about what will change, remain the same or continue to be evaluated for your child(ren)'s grade(s), please check your email regularly for updates from ISP News.



Online/Home Learning

An Online Home Learning programme will be used to support families...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 students who are in official quarantine or fully enrolled families who cannot return to France due to border control concerns.
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.

Our Online Home Learning programme adapts to our different learning scenarios...During any 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.
As of 3 May, this hybrid learning model is currently in place for Grade 8 and 9 students, as Paris is operating under heightened sanitary restrictions and student numbers on site are limited for these grade levels.
As well, and 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 closure model will remain in place and will be available only during the established closure period and/or any required extension.



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. 
  • 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. 



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 / Hybrid 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

As our campuses re-open on 26 April (Primary) and 3 May (Secondary) 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.



ECA Programmes

The ECA programme will resume for Primary School students on 26 April. The ECA programme will resume for Secondary students on 3 May. 

For any questions regarding ECA, please contact Mr Steve Trollope, Director of Sport and ECA,




ISP will communicate through a number of channels regarding any changes to our learning model or important community updates: 

  • ISP News will provide information concerning any class, grade or campus-wide changes, closures or important updates.  
  • 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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