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

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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.