- About Haileybury
- Welcome from the Headmaster
- Pastoral Care and House
- Our Story
- Haileybury Community
- Results & Destinations
- Campus reopening roadmap
The Ministry of Health released their learning recommendations for the first quarter of the forthcoming academic year for schools in Kazakhstan. Since the start of June, Haileybury has created extensive plans in order to prepare both Haileybury schools for the variety of learning scenarios that we envisaged the schools would face in the forthcoming academic year. These range from full online education, partial online and off-line or full pupil integration back into the school.
We will be in discussion with the Ministry of Education to clarify their exact recommendations, and what we are able to offer at Haileybury. We cannot be more specific at this stage, but as soon as we have more information, we will inform all of the Haileybury community.
Ian Hunt, Chairman of the Board of Governors
My name is Simon Mills and as the new Headmaster at Haileybury Almaty I am looking forward very much indeed to welcoming all pupils and families for the new academic year.
I would like to thank Mr Coles very much indeed for his hard work along with all of the support and teaching in preparing for the new school year. The staff have been busy preparing the school site and the new teaching resources for the start of term.
There has been significant work to enhance the school campus to be ready as a safe and COVID-free environment including new socially distanced classroom layouts, clear signage, temperature checking on all entrances and enhanced hygiene facilities.
All of these measures will allow us to operate safely and effectively as we move back to lessons at school.
We are also fully prepared for any digital teaching online and have improved our technology and staff training further to ensure this is of the highest quality.
Please do keep a careful look at the school website and there will be more communication shortly for specific year groups about the start of year arrangements.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Haileybury Almaty Headmaster
Effective and frequent medical-grade cleaning procedures for classrooms, offices, changing rooms, surfaces, railings, doors and windows, toys, sports equipment, dining tables.
As always we are keen to support you in any way we can and although we cannot meet face-to-face at this time, our teachers will still be happy to communicate with you and answer any questions you may have through email or alternatively we can arrange a video conferencing meeting.
Forgotten school items should be clearly labelled with the student’s name and handed to our Security Staff at the nearest entrance to your child’s class. They will ensure they are given to the student.
If you are called by our Medical Team to collect a sick child, they will advise which entrance you should come to and you will be directed to the correct Medical Base.
The school will provide regular updates to parents via digital communication, including videos to demonstrate hygiene protocols. The following information will be shared in English, Russian and Kazakh:
Our aim is to reopen the school on Knowledge Day (September 1). However, the Knowledge Day ceremony will not follow its usual format in order to support new health and safety protocols.
No, our intention is to bring year groups back in stages over the first week of term. This will provide the time and space for all pupils to familiarise themselves with the new rules and routines. Our campus looks significantly different and we have prepared detailed plans for a safe return.
Specific details about your child’s return to school will be shared with each individual year group.
You will need to take your child’s temperature before they leave for school each day. If your child displays a temperature over 37.4°C, they should not be sent to school, and we ask that you inform us immediately.
On arrival, your child will pass by one of our thermal imaging cameras. Anyone displaying a high temperature at the entry point will be sent home.
Pupils will enter the school via the Junior School and Senior School entrances during designated times, in order to allow for social distancing protocols to be maintained. Parents can drop pupils off in vehicles but will not be permitted to enter the school building. Specific information regarding the procedure for your child’s drop off and pick up will be shared with each year group.
The school is prepared for lunches to be eaten in classrooms in order to maintain social distancing and support minimal movement around the campus.
However, socially distanced dining in the main Dining Hall is also a possibility with clear protocols in place. If this is the case then there will be different sittings with cleaning between each sitting. The Dining Hall will have a clearly signed one-way system. There will be hand washing before entry with entry and exit through a single designated point. Spacing indicators will be used to ensure physical distancing whilst lining up. After eating, the one way system will continue. Spacing lines will guide pupils to the plate collection area. Pupils will follow the one-way system through a separate exit and pupils will wash their hands on leaving the Dining Hall.
Until further notice, unfortunately breakfast will be not served at the beginning of the day.
In the event of a member of staff or a pupil testing positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health, the staff and the parents will be informed as soon as possible. If the individual has been at the School during the lead up time to the onset of symptoms, all or some sections of the School may close. We will follow the guidelines of the authorities closely and keep the community informed of all decisions.
No, only pupils and staff members will be allowed to enter the school building. Parents and drivers will be able to drop off pupils in the designated areas, at the specified time provided for your child’s year group. For younger children, staff will be on hand to meet, greet and escort them to their classrooms.
Individual guidance will be shared with each year group outlining specific arrangements.
Yes, but there will be specific COVID-safe rules regarding the use of equipment, with appropriate socially distanced activities in place. As long as good weather permits all lessons will be in outdoor areas. The PE programme will be adjusted to follow guidelines for the use of equipment. Until further notice, no swimming lessons will take place. On PE days, all pupils should attend school in their PE uniform and stay in it for the whole day, changing only shoes.
Pupils will leave the school via the Junior School and Senior School entrances during designated times, in order to allow for social distancing protocols to be maintained. Parents and drivers can collect pupils in vehicles but will not be permitted to enter the school building. Specific information regarding the procedure for your child’s drop off and pick up will be shared with each year group.
Pupils will adhere to social distancing guidelines in accordance with the Ministry of Education requirements. For pupils in Reception, KS1, KS2 and KS3, all lessons will take place in the same classroom. For pupils in examination year groups, a minimal amount of movement will be required in order to access specialised equipment and resources to support examination subjects (e.g. Science Labs). Strict cleanliness and hygiene practices will be adhered to between lessons in accordance with sanitary protocols.
Until further notice, no CCAs will be offered at lunchtimes or after school.
With the recommended sanitation and social distancing, private music lessons will be introduced.
All pupils will be provided with a light-weight Haileybury tote bag for essential items only, such as water bottle, sun hat, individual stationery and spare mask.
Lockers will not be used and the bag will remain at the pupil’s designated desk.
Teachers will provide appropriate feedback on pupil work, whilst maintaining strict hygiene practices.
The School’s Medical Centre will be open all day, operating under COVID-19 safe protocols.
In addition, separate isolation areas have been established to allow for adequate social distancing, as well as to isolate any person displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
Yes, children will still have time to play and socialise during designated, staggered times with their class, all with appropriate sanitising and social distancing. Equipment will be cleaned after each playtime.
The school has prepared all classrooms to have video streaming technology as part of each lesson. This will allow for teaching and learning to be accessed by any pupil who is unable to come to school.
Normal Haileybury school uniform will be worn, minus ties and blazers. All items are fully washable and will be laundered frequently. Ties and blazers cannot be washed and hence will remain at home.
PE and Games kit may be worn for those days when this is included in the timetable to prevent changing on site.
We are pleased to offer the opportunity to teach all Junior School pupils in school. In order to enable this pupils will be taught in groups of a maximum of 15 pupils. These groups will be allocated considering a range of factors to ensure all pupils are best supported for in school learning. Further information will be sent regarding teaching groups one week before the start of term.
Both Junior and Senior School pupils must have completed Return to School Google form completed before they return to school in preparation for the new school year.
1. Recirculators with antibacterial and antiviral filters were purchased and installed in each classroom, including the gym, 132 pcs.
2. Visualizers – 72 pcs.
3. Webcams – 72 pcs.
4. Sensor dispensers with sanitizers – 110 pcs. (total will be 134)
5. Interactive panels – 7 pcs.
6. Additional tables – 50 pcs.
7. Towel dispensers were additionally purchased – 80 pcs. (total will be 134)
8. 25 thermometers
9. Masks – 7500 pcs., gloves
The measures outlined above make up Phase 1 of a staggered return to normal. We are in discussions regarding the next phase which will include reducing some of our measures in line with a reduced risk from COVID-19. This will be done under guidance of the authorities, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, and not before it is safe to do so. You will be informed in advance of any changes to the guidelines outlined above. Whilst details of this are unconfirmed, future phases are likely to involve:
Educational Damage of not re-opening immediately
Harvard Experts acknowledged the risks associated with reopening schools, but the risks of keeping children home too long are even greater. Barry Bloom, former dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: "I believe that the process of socialization is really important, and that long-term deprivation of that is probably going to do more harm than the occasional child becoming infected."
Research by the U.K. Royal Society, (UK national academy for Scientific Research): school time lost because of the pandemic will harm global economies for the next 65 years. The research group, including academics from Cambridge and Bristol universities, says it will cost billions in a reduced growth rate.
The study says the disruption to lessons will have a negative impact on the future skills of the workforce. ‘Getting pupils back to school must be a priority’.
Research has indicated children infected with the coronavirus are not as contagious as adults, nor are they as affected by Covid-19. Children and teenagers are at least 50% as likely as adults to become infected with the virus.
Harvard Global Health Institute: "The good news is kids transmit less. They are certainly less likely to get sick."
One of the largest studies in the world on coronavirus in schools, carried out in 100 institutions in the UK, will confirm that “there is very little evidence that the virus is transmitted” according to a leading scientist, Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of the government advisory group Sage. He said: “A new study that has been done in UK schools confirms there is very little evidence that the virus is transmitted in schools”.
“This is the some of the largest data you will find on schools anywhere. Britain has done very well in terms of thinking of collecting data in schools.”
The study is being carried out by Public Health England and is expected to be published later this year.
Viner says a full reopening of schools is “imperative”. He warns that children have lost friendships, missed months of lessons and will suffer long-term social, mental and academic problems if schools stay closed. For teenagers, in particular, being cut off from their peers is bad for their development.
Viner adds that schools must have tests that can be turned around within 24 hours to enable the rapid isolation of infected people.
“It is absolutely essential for schools to reopen in September. The risks to children from Covid are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” he said.
“Britain as a nation should stand up and say: our children are essential. Reopening schools is essential. If we do not feel test and trace is fully in place by September, we need to look carefully at the level of R [rating the virus’s ability to spread] at that point and look at what trade-offs may be necessary.”
“It is about what is necessary for the future of society and what is not. Schools are necessary.”
“Everything you do to reopen society will impact the national R, but reopening schools, we believe, has a very small impact on it. The majority of cases are staff, not students,” Viner said.
Paul Volberding, professor of medicine and emeritus professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, University of California-San Francisco, "really young kids are not much of an infection reservoir, so I think it is okay for preschool, day care, and elementary school to reopen." However, for older students, “schools may have to make adjustments, like having morning and afternoon shifts and limited hours”,
Josh Sharfstein, vice dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “Schools should reopen with modifications, keeping students six feet apart, staggering student drop offs, and requiring students to wear masks. "
“The risks of staying home are in many ways clearer than the risks of returning to school" (Collins/Jackson, USA Today, 7/7;)