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.

31 May 2021

  • Update: All return to school on  3 June after negative tests.
  • A Secondary School teacher developed symptoms during the weekend and tested positive today; the teacher only taught a very small number of students last week.
  • Some Grade 10 and 11 students will be quarantined with immediate effect and need to get tested on Thursday, 3 June.
  • Siblings of the affected Grade 10 and 11 students will be moved to online learning until test results are in.

25 May 2021

  • Update: the student tested NEGATIVE and Grade 11 students can return to school
  • A family member of a student in Grade 11 tested COVID-19 positive yesterday
  • The student is in quarantine; a COVID-19 test has been carried out
  • Students in Grade 11 will move to online learning

21 May 2021

  • Update: Students testing negative can return to school
  • A student in Grade 9 developed symptoms on Tuesday evening and tested positive today; the student did not attend school on Wednesday and Thursday and will be quarantined with immediate effect
  • All Grade 9 students and their siblings will be moved to online learning; Grade 9 students need to get tested.
  • All students who are shared a bus with the infected student will be moved to online learning and need to get tested as well. Siblings will be moved to online learning.

20 May 2021

  • Update: the student tested NEGATIVE and Grade 11 students can return to school
  • A parent of a student in Grade 11 tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The student is now in quarantine; a PCR test will be carried out and we are expecting the result within the next few days
  • All Grade 11 students will be moved to online learning with immediate effect

04 May 2021

  • Update: the student tested NEGATIVE and Grade 11 students can return to school
  • A family member of a student in Grade 11 tested COVID-19 positive yesterday
  • The student will be quarantined with immediate effect; a PCR test will be carried out and we are expecting the result within the next few days
  • All Grade 11 students will be moved to online learning

25 April 2021

  • A family member of a student in Grade 12 tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The student will be quarantined with immediate effect; a first COVID-19 self-test was negative; a PCR test will be carried out and we are expecting the result within the next few days
  • All Grade 12 students are reminded to adhere to social distancing regulations.

22 April 2021

  • The student’s PCR test is negative
  • All other Grade 12 school activities are allowed to take place as planned

21 April 2021

  • A parent of a student in Grade 12 tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The student will be quarantined with immediate effect; a first COVID-19 self-test was negative; a PCR test will be carried out and we are expecting the result within the next few days
  • All other Grade 12 students are allowed to return to campus tomorrow, Thursday

12 April 2021

  • From Tuesday, 13 April until Friday, 16 April
    • Early Years students on campus
    • Online learning for Grades 1-12
  • From Monday, 19 April onwards
    • Early Years students on campus
    • Grades 1-8 on-campus learning as usual
    • Grades 9-11 on a two day rotation of on-campus and online learning as per individual class calendar
    • Grade 12 students in school every day until 23 April

2 April 2021

  • Easter holiday: please consider official quarantine guidelines and apply a general duty of care towards our community if you travel.
  • Grades 1-12 will stay online from 13-16 April. On-campus learning will resume on 19 April, subject to final decisions by local authorities.
  • Starter Class to Kindergarten learning will resume on-campus on 13 April.

24 March 2021

  • New government regulation – all Belgian Primary and Secondary Schools to be closed next week
  • AIS will move to online learning for Grades 1 to 12  from Monday, 29 March until Thursday, 1 April
  • Starter Class to Kindergarten are allowed to stay open

17 March 2021

  • Another student in Grade 9 tested positive; the student was not in school today
  • Quarantine for Grade 9 is not necessary
  • Some students who met privately are affected; they will remain quarantined

16 March 2021

  • A student in Grade 9 tested positive
  • Students of Grade 9 were at home, so there is no need to quarantine
  • Some students who met privately are affected; they will be quarantined and tested

10 March 2021

  • The parents of two students in Grade 6 and Grade 9 tested COVID-19 positive today
  • Both students will be quarantined with immediate effect; COVID-19 tests will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • All Grade 6 and 9 students will be moved to online learning with immediate effect
  • Some Grade 7 and 8 students are affected and will be moved to online learning as well

7 March 2021

  • All classes up to Grade 10 will resume according to our normal COVID-19 schedule on Monday, 8 March
  • Grade 11 and 12 remain online as scheduled
  • All students who need testing and stay quarantined have already been contacted

5 March 2021

  • One of the teachers whose family member tested COVID-19 positive this week  also tested positive today.
  • Students in certain language classes in Grades 4-10 will remain online and need to get tested.
  • Some students of the swim team will remain online and need to get tested.
  • Siblings of the affected students move to online learning.
  • No change yet for StarterClass, PreSchool, Grades 6, 7 and 11.
  • Production rehearsal for next week is cancelled

4 March 2021

  • Family members of two teachers tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The teachers are not in school today and will be quarantined with immediate effect; COVID-19 tests will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • Students of Grades 6 and 7 will move to online learning
  • Students of certain language groups in Grades 4 to 10 will move to online learning
  • Some students of the swim team will be moved to online learning
  • Basketball training for Grades 6-7 tonight is cancelled and tomorrow’s tournament is postponed

3 March 2021

  • The Early Years teacher whose family member tested COVID-19 positive during the weekend also tested positive today.
  • All Starter Class and PreSchool children will continue with online learning until the end of next week.
  • All siblings of Starter Class/PreSchool children and various faculty/staff members need to be quarantined.

1 March 2021

  • A family member of an Early Years teacher has developed symptoms during the weekend and tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The teacher was not in school today and will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • All Starter Class and Preschool children will be moved to online learning

1 March 2021

  • The student in Grade 11 whose father tested COVID-19 positive on Sunday is positive as well.
  • All Grade 11 and some Grade 12 students will remain on online learning until further notice and need to get tested.
  • Students who shared the same transportation, will go online and need to get tested.

1 March 2021

  • The father of a student in Grade 11 tested COVID-19 positive on Sunday
  • The student will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • All Grade 11 will be moved to online learning with immediate effect
  • Some Grade 12 students will be moved to online learning

11 February 2021

  • A family member of a teacher tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The teacher will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • All Grade 4 and 5 students will be moved to online learning on Friday, 12 February
  • All After School Activities for Grade 4 and 5 are cancelled today

9 February 2021

  • A family member of a teacher has tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The teacher will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • Five affected Primary School students will be moved to online learning with immediate effect

2 February 2021

  • A member of the household of students in Grade 1 and 4 tested COVID-19 positive today; the students show no symptoms
  • The students will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test will be carried out and we are expecting results this week
  • Students in Grade 1, 2 and 4, as well as students in the same activity bubbles, will be moved to online learning with immediate effect
  • Griffin Adventures for Primary Students and Swimming for Grades 4 will be cancelled this week

1 February 2021

  • A student in Grade 9 tested positive today; the student had on-campus learning for the last time on Tuesday 26 Jan and developed symptoms on Friday 29 Jan
  • All Grade 9 students will be quarantined with immediate effect
  • Four students from Grade 8 and various students who were on the same school bus will be quarantined as well

23 January 2021

  • All Secondary School Classes will be moved to online learning from 8 – 12 February in line with Flemish government regulations
  • Please do not arrange playdates or sleepovers
  • Please abstain from travelling

16 January 2021

  • A Secondary School teacher tested positive today
  • We need to move various student groups across the Secondary School to online learning. Please read below for detailed information.

04 January 2021

  • Preparations for our return to school: please inform Sabine about any travel outside Belgium during the holidays. Parents of all students are required to fill out this questionnaire, regardless of whether you travelled or not.
  • Official Belgian COVID 19 school regulations extended to mid February.

12 December 2020

  • Please consider official quarantine guidelines and apply a general duty of care towards our community if you travel.

7 December 2020

  • Scenario 1  case – a Primary School Language Acquisition Teacher has tested COVID-19 positive today
  • All Grade 1 to 3 students will be moved to online learning with immediate effect

30 November 2020

  • Grade 7 student’s COVID 19 test result is negative; Grade 6 and 7 students allowed to return to campus from tomorrow, Tuesday, 1 December
  • Scenario 1 case – a student in Grade 5 tested positive this evening; the student has a sibling in Grade 11 and we are currently awaiting these test results
  • We need to move various student groups across the school to online learning. Please read below for detailed information.

29 November 2020

  • The father of a student in Grade 7 has tested COVID-19 positive today; both the student and father show no symptoms
  • The student will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test will be carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • All Grade 6 and Grade 7 learning will be moved to online learning with immediate effect; Grade 6 Volleyball training and Coding club will be cancelled on Monday

23 November 2020

13 November 2020

  • AIS on campus learning will resume on Monday, 16 November
  • Normal operations from Starter Class to Grade 7
  • All Grade 8 lessons on campus, exceptions apply for some language classes
  • Grades 9 to 12 will follow a 50% weekly on-campus/online rotational schedule
  • AIS COVID 19 risk level downgraded to orange

2 November 2020

  • Starter Class through Kindergarten are allowed to return to campus Tuesday, 3 November onwards.

31 October 2020

  • Belgium to go into lockdown from Sunday
  • AIS will move to online learning for all grades from Tuesday, 3 November until Friday, 13 November, except Starter Class and PreSchool
  • Starter Class and PreSchool are allowed to stay open

27 October 2020

  • The mother of a student in Grade 12 has developed symptoms and tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The student has not developed any symptoms but will be quarantined with immediate effect
  • All Grade 12 students will be moved to online learning with immediate effect; Grade 12 participation in any co-curricular activities is cancelled
  • Our quarantined Grade 10 student has tested COVID-19 negative and Grade 10 students are allowed to return to campus tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 October.

25 October 2020

  • The mother of a student in Grade 10 has tested COVID-19 positive today; both the student and the mother show no symptoms
  • The student will be quarantined with immediate effect; a COVID-19 test has been carried out and we are expecting results within the next few days
  • All Grade 10 learning will be moved to online learning with immediate effect; Grade 10 Volleyball training will be cancelled on Monday

23 October 2020

  • A Grade 11 student has tested COVID-19 positive today
  • All Grade 11 students will be moved to online learning with immediate effect
  • Unfortunately, new government regulations restrict COVID-19 testing to symptomatic individuals only
  • Therefore on campus learning for all Grade 11 students can only resume on Tuesday, 3 November

18 October 2020

  • A Grade 8B student has tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The infection is not connected to any school activity and no other AIS students have been in contact with the infected student or family members since transmission of the virus
  • In line with our previous communication, all students from Grades 8 and 9 will be moved to online learning on Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October.
  • On campus learning will resume for all Grade 8 and 9 students on Wednesday, 21 October.

13 October 2020

  • A Grade 8A student has tested COVID-19 positive today
  • The student is asymptomatic; however, the other family members showed symptoms on Saturday.
  • All Grade 8A and U14 volleyball team students must get tested on Friday, 16 October.
  • All students from Grades 8 and 9 will be moved to online learning on Monday, 19 October and Tuesday, 20 October.
  • On campus learning will resume for Grade 8 and 9 students on Wednesday, 21 October.

09 October 2020

  • A part-time teacher has tested positive today
  • We need to quarantine Grade 9B and three students from Grade 8A
  • U14 soccer team’s match in the ‘Belgian International Schools’ sports league on Saturday is cancelled. All other teams are allowed to participate as planned.

08 October 2020

  • All three affected MYP students have tested COVID 19 negative
  • All MYP learning remains online on Thursday; all school will return to on campus learning on Friday
  • All MYP students allowed to join after school activities on Thursday – transport needs to be arranged by parents
  • Participation in ‘Belgian international schools league’ games this weekend will go ahead as planned

07 October 2020

  • Online learning in MYP extended to Thursday, 8 October
  • We are awaiting test results of three students whose parent has tested COVID-19 positive
  • PYP and DP learning continues on campus as usual
  • Participation in ‘Belgian international schools league’ games this weekend will be decided by Thursday at 17:00

06 October 2020

  • MYP students will switch to online learning 07 October

04 October 2020

  • AIS remains on level ORANGE.
  • Update on COVID 19 cases within our community.
  • AIS, ISB, STJ and BSB have formed a Belgian International Schools’ Sports League. Our NECIS teams will compete in this league following strict COVID-19 rules.
  • October break: please consider official quarantine guidelines and apply a general duty of care towards our community if you travel.

26 September 2020

  • Overview of our COVID-19 response levels – updated regulations
  • Block schedule will stay with us until Christmas
  • Co-curricular programme fully operational – restrictions apply to external games, meetings and excursions.
  • Bistro will reopen on 5 October. A limited packed lunch service will be provided.
  • Update on COVID-19 cases within our community: a part-time Secondary school teacher tested positive on Friday 25/09. Four students have been quarantined and we are awaiting their test results.

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