Corona updates
Head of School

This is where you can find messages and updates about COVID-19 from the Head of School, Andreas Koini. Below each date you will find a summary of the full message. Please click on any of the dates below to read the entire message.

11 September 2020

  • Negative result of first COVID-19 test of Grade 10 student whose parent is infected
  • All students who shared a ‘bubble’ with the Grade 10 student are allowed to return to campus on Monday, 14 September
  • In light of this first case within our community, we have reviewed our Response Scenarios and adjusted them slightly.

10 September 2020

  • Grade 10 students will switch to online learning for 14 days with immediate effect
  • AIS Co-curricular Programme to start on 14 September
  • Wearing of masks still mandatory for all students from Grade 1 upwards

06 September 2020

  • All students back on campus
  • Flemish schools are on code yellow, AIS remains on code orange
  • Information about AIS response in case of infections within our community
  • Update on AIS Co-curricular Programme and Bistro offerings

23 August 2020

  • Grade 11 and 12 students enjoyed their first week back on campus
  • Flemish schools remain on code yellow, AIS remains on code orange
  • Please adhere to official quarantine regulations upon your return to Belgium
  • Early Years, PYP and MYP students will start as planned – first day of school: Monday, 31 August
  • Update on AIS Co-curricular Programme

04 August 2020

  • COVID-19 update for the coming school year
  • AIS has developed colour-coded opening scenarios in line with Flemish education ministry regulations – current AIS status: orange
  • AIS is delaying the start of the school year for all PYP (Starter Class – Grade 5) and MYP (Grade 6 – Grade 10) students – first day of school: Monday, 31 August
  • DP (Grade 11 – Grade 12) students will start as planned – first day of school: Tuesday, 18 August

06 June 2020

  • Primary School students enjoyed their first day back on campus
  • Grade 10 and 11 exams on campus next week
  • Belgian authorities approved the transition to Phase 3 of the phase-out plan; no further changes to AIS operations for the current school year

30 May 2020

  • Belgian government has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions for Primary Schools
  • Primary School Grades 1 to 5 will reopen on Friday, 5 June
  • Grade 1 to 5 teachers reopening preparation day on Tuesday, 2 June
    No online learning for students of these grades on Tuesday, 2 June

24 May 2020

  • On campus afternoons for Grades 6 to 9
  • Belgian authorities continue lifting restrictions
  • AIS is planning three scenarios for August

17 May 2020

  • Partial reopening of our campus for Early Years and Grades 9 to 11 on 18 May
  • Online learning will continue for all grades
  • Annual surveys will be sent next week

10 May 2020

  • Online learning will continue for all grades
  • Early Years on-campus learning classes will commence on 18 May
  • Grade 9 to 11 on-campus consultation opportunities will start on 18 May

03 May 2020

  • Update on school reopening plans
  • STEMzone work will resume this week – a big THANK YOU to two additional donor families
  • Monday, 4 May will be a normal online learning day; staff professional development day has been postponed

28 April 2020

  • Invitation to a meeting with Mr Koini and Ms Gustafson/Mr Towe

26 April 2020

  • Flanders will start reopening schools from 15 May onwards
  • AIS is preparing reopening scenarios but will be carefully evaluating benefits against risks. Parents, students and staff will be consulted.
  • Friday, 1 May is a public holiday in Belgium; no online classes that day
  • Monday, 4 May will be a normal online learning day; staff professional development day will be postponed

17 April 2020

  • Extension of online learning programme until 30 April

10 April 2020 

  • A big THANK YOU to the entire AIS community
  • Extension of online learning programme after the Easter Break

05 April 2020

  • Student and parent surveys – feedback
  • Online safety regulations
  • IB MYP Grade 10 on-screen examinations cancelled
  • COVID-19 cases – what AIS communicates

29 March 2020

  • Parent survey – last chance to provide feedback about our online learning programme; the survey will close tonight
  • Campus closure extended to 17 April
  • Daylight savings time started during the weekend – please move your clocks forward
  • AIS University Fair on 6 May cancelled
  • IB DP Exams cancelled
  • First COVID-19 case in AIS community

25 March 2020

  • Parent survey – please take the time to provide feedback about our online learning programme

22 March 2020

  • Week 2 of AIS online learning starting on Monday.
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation Diploma Examinations cancelled.
  • International Baccalaureate Organisation MYP eAssessments still pending.

18 March 2020

  • AIS online learning has started
  • AIS campus is now closed, in line with regulations communicated by the Belgian authorities

16 March 2020

  • Launch of AIS online learning tomorrow
  • Planned reopening of school moved to 6 April, in line with Belgian government regulations
  • Video message from the Head of School

12 March 2020

  • No confirmed cases of Covid-19 at AIS
  • Antwerp International School will be closed as of tomorrow, Friday, 13 March
  • Today, school will operate as usual, including all After School Activities and the planned Swim Meet

09 March 2020

  • The first Covid-19 infections are appearing in the Antwerp region.
  • No student, staff or community member of AIS has contracted the virus so far.
  • Campus access of all visitors closely monitored.
  • International Day postponed to School Year 2020-2021.
  • AIS risk assessment increased to Level 2.

 04 March 2020

  • School is prepared for online learning

01 March 2020

  • School will resume as usual on Monday, 2 March
  • Students, parents and staff who have visited high risk areas need to inform us immediately
  • NECIS winter season tournaments have been cancelled

26 February 2020

  • More countries now added to list of higher risk areas
  • AIS requirements for students returning after the mid-winter break
  • No change to life on campus