How will this situation impact the IB exams and exhibitions at NIST?

The IB has created a resource page detailing their current stance, though it’s important to note that this may change as the situation continues to develop. We will be closely monitoring communication from the IB and will inform parents and students of any changes. At this time we anticipate holding the exhibitions and exams, though access may be restricted solely to members of the NIST community.

If my children are affected by the quarantine, will they be listed as absent?

No. Within Veracross we will use a designation that records them as being off campus but still present for a learning engagement. This means it will not count toward their absences on their school records. For this reason it is very important, if you have not already done so, to inform the Elementary Office ( and/or Secondary Office ( if your family is affected by the quarantine. Please note that absences for other reasons will still follow standard policy.

Is NIST prepared for the spread of illness in our community?

NIST maintains a comprehensive crisis prevention handbook that details clear protocols and responses to a wide range of situations, from fires to civil unrest. Additionally, several years ago we developed a decision matrix to specifically address the spread of infectious illnesses. This allows us to maintain a clear set of decision points based on levels of risk and the spread of viruses, including in campus access, learning, operations and several other areas.

Most importantly, due to the recent closures caused by pollution, we are continuing to prepare for scenarios that may require more extensive periods of online learning that allows teachers to continue engaging with students in a consistent, impactful manner.

Why doesn’t the school check passports at the gate to determine who has traveled to one of the countries?

One of NIST’s greatest strengths is diversity. However, that also means that our families are far more transient than those at many other international schools, and travel abroad is very common. Given the size of our community, it would require significant resources to conduct this check. This would be further complicated by the fact that the use of stamps when traveling can be very inconsistent, particularly for citizens of some Western countries.

Additionally, we strongly believe that holding to our values of integrity, caring and community are crucial in situations such as this. Our community is built on mutual trust and respect, and we know that all families will be responsible in adhering to this requirement. Based on the cooperation of parents, we are pleased that this has been the case. If there are concerns that arise, we will follow up with families individually.