Updated Monday 16 March 8.00 am
The Covid-19 situation remains uncertain but the number of cases is likely to continue to rise in most countries, including Kazakhstan. Our primary concern, as always, is the welfare and wellbeing of the pupils, staff and visitors to Haileybury. We are especially mindful, while balancing our priority of health, that many of our pupils are due to sit public examinations next term.
We have therefore prepared the following Q&A for parents and guardians of pupils at Haileybury, as well as visitors to the campus.
1) What measures have the school taken to minimise the risk to the pupils, staff and wider Haileybury community?
The school has been following the advice from The Kazakh Ministry of Health, WHO (World Health Organisation) PHE (Public Health England) and various other regulatory bodies. Hand sanitiser units have been placed in multiple locations and children have been educated and encouraged to adopt a scrupulous hygiene regime, including washing their hands regularly with soap and water. Visitors to school and public events have now been suspended.
2) Has the school had any confirmed cases of Covid-19?
The school does not currently have any confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19.
3) Should I keep my child at home, instead of sending them to school? (Please note: currently the school is closed due to Government regulations. This question only applies once the school is officially open)
In line with the recent government advice, children should continue to attend school if they are feeling well and have not been in contact with someone who has either contracted Covid-19 or is suspected of having Covid-19.
4) What measures can we, as parents, take to help keep our children safe?
We recommend that everyone follows the up-to-date guidelines found here
5) My child is showing mild symptoms. What should I do?
If you, your child or anyone in your household is showing any of the Covid-19 symptoms, please do not send your child into school. Advice can be found here
6) I am interested in sending my child to Haileybury. Can I still book a visit or book to attend an Open Day?
We are keen to be able to welcome you and your family to Haileybury as soon as the risks associated with the Covid-19 outbreak have diminished. If you are applying for a place for 2020 entry, please contact a member of the Admissions Team who will help guide you through your application remotely.
7) I have booked to visit the school next term. Will the visit still go ahead?
Currently we are unable to host visits to Haileybury but we are very keen to be able to welcome families to our lovely school as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so. We will contact all those who have booked a visit for after the Nauryz holidays to update them and to guide them through the application process remotely.
8) My child is due to sit public exams following the Easter holidays. What will happen if the school has to close?
There are no plans as yet to close the School. However, we will continue to follow the government guidelines and will provide regular updates via our website, should the situation change. We are putting preparations in place and are formulating a plan for remote teaching should the need arise.
We cannot predict what will happen this summer but please rest assured that we will do everything we can to ensure that all of our pupils who are due to sit public examinations this summer – whether it be IB or IGCSEs – are able to do so.
9) How will the School check with the families if they have travelled overseas during Nauryz holidays and quarantine period?
At the point we are permitted to open school, we will have stringent measures in place in accordance with the advice of the Health Ministry at that time. Parents will be informed of these measures in advance and details will be available via the school website
Haileybury Astana and Haileybury Almaty are committed to the welfare and Safeguarding of young people. As part of our recruitment processes we require all applicants to undergo police checks and U.K. DBS checks and we operate clear safeguarding protocols.Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy