The ISY Clinic

The ISY clinic has two doctors and a nurse and is open during school hours and at major events.

Meet the Team

Dr. Aye Myat Myat Mon

Doctor

Dr. Thandar Aung

Doctor (Part-Time)

Siddharta Nixon

Nurse

The ISY Clinic is situated on the 1st floor of the SAS building right where the SAS building connects with the A Building (the Elementary School).  It is open during school hours and major school events.

 

Click here for some useful links about the Coronavirus, especially when it comes to talking to your children about the virus.
Update - March 16th, 2020

Dear All,

 
Travel guidelines
In Line with the CDC expansion of Level 3 countries we are now asking that all visitors who have come from any country in Europe (*see complete list below) do not come on to campus for 14 days.  This applies equally to parents and students.  If you or your child has come from any of the Level 3 countries we are asking you to stay away from campus for 14 days.  To be clear the 14 day period starts from when you arrived back in Myanmar.  
 
By way of example if you came back from a level 3 country last Wednesday 11th March, regardless of if you have come on to campus since then, we are now asking that you do not come back on to campus until Wednesday 25th March. 
 
Illness guidelines
In addition, we are encouraging any students with ANY of the below symptoms to stay away from school for 14 days.  Upon returning to school, we request that students check in with the clinic before returning to class.   The symptoms are:
 
Fever or chills 
Cough
Shortness of breath
Fatigue (tiredness)
Sore throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Headaches.
Vomiting
Diarrhea 
 
Classwork guidelines

At the time of writing there has been no instruction to close the school and the school remains open as normal. Families will need to notify the Office if they will not be present for school/class for an extended period of time. For our students who cannot attend classroom instruction, we are committed to providing ongoing learning for them. Alternative learning assignments will be provided via SeeSaw or Google Classroom. This will be available starting Wednesday the 18th March at 4:00pm on SeeSaw for Elementary School students and Google classroom for Secondary School students. Teachers will be available by appointment beginning Thursday, March 18, 2020. A guide for students who cannot attend school can be downloaded here.

In the event of a whole school closure and a move to Virtual Learning, all students will be provided with daily learning opportunities. This will be provided on scheduled calendar dates from Monday to Friday. The teachers will post assignments on SeeSaw for Elementary School students and Google classroom for Secondary School students.  The work will be posted before the end of the day for the next day in Elementary School so that our working parents can go over the required work with their children in the evening to check for understanding. Secondary School assignments will be posted by 9:00 am the day of class. The teachers would also be available 8:00am – 9:00am AND 12:30pm – 2:30pm to answer questions and provide support to students and parents. A guide on virtual learning will be made available at the appropriate time.

IB Students and Exams

We are in ongoing contact with the IBO regarding the event that a school closure occurs during the month of May when IB exams are scheduled. Every precaution will be taken to ensure that the exams will occur as planned if at all possible. Please know that parents and students will be notified as information from the IBO is obtained. 

 
*CDC Level 3 Countries
China, Iran, South Korea, Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland.
Update March 13th, 202

Dear All,
I would like to start by saying that I am in contact with international health authorities on a daily basis.  We are all hearing rumours with ever more frequency and if one of these comes to my attention that requires investigating I immediately reach out to my contacts to get to the truth of the matter as quickly as possible.

Earlier today there was an announcement from the government asking people to avoid events and ceremonies where people are gathered together but there was no suggestion that schools should close.  I would like to reiterate that the communication of the decision to close ISY will come from my office through the communications email and only in this way.  If you have not heard from me you may assume that the school will be open as usual.

However, after having discussions with various bodies and receiving advice we have decided to move to level three precautions from this Sunday 15th March.   The main changes from now are that non-community members will not be allowed on campus except by invitation only and in exceptional circumstances.  We will not be having sports or other events with other schools either hosted at ISY or by travelling to those schools.   Any community events will also be cancelled or postponed.  After School Activities will, however, continue as normal. These changes will only apply from this Sunday 15th.  Community activities like the SEASAC party tonight and Saturday’s sporting events will continue as normal.

Upcoming examples of events that will be cancelled as a result of this level of precaution include the Early Years Open Week next week, the upcoming book fair and the planned Parent Association Meeting on the 25th March.

Lastly I would like to stress that we are continually assessing these levels of precautions and will make changes as the situation requires.  Any changes will be communicated to you at the earliest possible time.

I thank you for your understanding and if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kind Regards
Dr. Gregory Hedger

Update March 12th, 2020

ISY continues to monitor the developing events around the COVID19. We are committed to ensuring the well-being of the students and the staff. We would like to provide you with an update on what we are doing at ISY to educate, support, and guide the community regarding COVID19 :

  • We are actively communicating with health officials regarding the development and behavior of the COVID19 in Myanmar and in the world.
  • We obtain reliable and up to date information from credible sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) among others.
  • ISY counselors and the health clinic teamed up to offer support to teachers regarding students’ emotional needs during this ever changing health environment.
  • The health clinic has provided one to one handwashing teaching to all students in the elementary school. Students were able to practice using soap and water in the classrooms as well as proper respiratory hygiene.
  • Teachers are being attentive to students who display any type of respiratory symptoms. These students are sent to the clinic for further evaluation.
  • ISY administration is in constant communication with school staff regarding preventative measures and any other information that may affect our community.
  • Ensuring all classrooms have hand sanitizers, soap, paper towels, and tissues. Hand sanitizers are also placed around campus.
  • Teachers continue to reinforce the importance of proper hand washing and proper respiratory hygiene with students on a daily basis.
  • Daily disinfection of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched such as doorknobs, handrails, toys, light switches, tables, toilets, etc.
  • Disinfection of all classrooms with UV light on a 3 day rotation cycle.
  • Videos on hand washing and respiratory hygiene made by students are being displayed on the schools TV monitors.
  • COVID-19 posters are located at clear and visible locations on campus.
  • Monitoring food services vendors closely to ensure good and proper hygiene practices are followed.
  • Informed parents to keep students at home if their children are sick, having a fever or presenting cold like symptoms.
  • Notice posts are placed in school buses that indicate avoiding to get on a bus if one of the family members has flu symptoms.
  • Monitoring visitors entering campus. All visitors need to fill out a form upon arrival stating that they have not been to China, South Korea, Iran or Italy the last 2 weeks.
  • ISY continues taking body temperature of all people who enter the school.
  • ISY is prepared to deliver online teaching (Virtual Learning) should the government of Myanmar close school.
  • ISY health clinic will continue to work with the administration to help remind students and staff of everyday actions they can take to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
Update March 10th, 2020

Dear Parents,
As you may have heard, governments in more and more countries are requiring that schools close their campuses and offer virtual learning in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we have no indication that this will happen in Myanmar. However, I want to make sure you have a clear understanding of the sequence of events that would take place should the government of Myanmar close schools.
Upon being directed to close the school, the following will happen:

  1. A notification email will go out to this email list from the director via the Communications Office. It will also be posted on our website.  Please note that any action around a crisis would originate only from the Director’s Office.
  2. Within the hour, each principal will put out an email outlining virtual learning in each division.  This email will include what to expect during virtual learning and any technical access procedures.
  3. Assuming it is possible, all professional faculty (teachers, leadership, TAs) will continue to come to work at the ISY campus from 8:00 to 3:00 to implement virtual learning.  Only essential support staff will be at school.  The campus will be closed to everyone else.
  4. If it is determined professional faculty cannot come to school, then virtual learning will be implemented from their homes – there is an IT strategy in place to enable this if required.
  5. All food vendors will be closed during this period.

I want to emphasize again that we have no indication we will be going to virtual learning, but are simply trying to be proactive at this time in making sure you know what to expect if the current situation changed and virtual learning is required.  We have already run some virtual learning tests and are continuing to do so. This notice, along with all our other health updates, and some useful links about talking to children about Coronovirus can be found on the ISY Clinic page.
Warm regards,
Gregory Hedger,Director

Update March 9th, 2020

Some resources that you might like to view especially when talking to children about the Coronvirus are linked below:

Child Mind Institute (All Ages)
Kids Health (All Ages)
Brain Pop Video (Grades 3-6)

Update March 3rd, 2020

Following my email to you last week asking that visitors are being asked to certify that they have not come from China or South Korea we are now asking that the same conditions apply to anyone coming from Iran or Italy on or after Tuesday, 25th February. This is in line with the CDC list of level 3 countries which can be reviewed here. Countries that get added to that list at level 3 will also be added to our list. People who have transited through airports in these places are OK to come on to campus.
Students who have travelled from either of these areas need to report to the ISY Clinic. This is in line with guidance that ISY is receiving from International Health Authorities with whom we are in daily contact.

Update February 28th, 2020

Dear All,

We would like to remind you that visitors to the ISY campus need to confirm that they have not been to China, or knowingly come into contact with people who have travelled from China in the last 14 days. Additionally, we are now asking that the same conditions apply to anyone coming from South Korea on or after Tuesday, 25th February. People who have transited through airports in these places are OK to come on to campus.

Students who have travelled from either of these areas need to report to the ISY Clinic. This is in line with guidance that ISY is receiving from International Health Authorities with whom we are in daily contact.

Update February 19th, 2020

Dear All,

It remains our goal to keep our community safe, while at the same time maintain as normal an environment as possible. Following consultations with health officials regarding the coronavirus, we are planning to move to a “softer level 2.” This would consist of maintaining temperature checks of everyone entering the campus; continuing to emphasize that anyone who has been to China in the last 14 days, or been in contact with someone who has, not come on campus; continuing our deep cleaning procedures, and emphasizing good hygiene practices. However, we want to move back to scheduling events where possible. This would include competitive events with other schools, events like MUN and the gala, as well as evening activities like ultimate frisbee and adult soccer, with a review of all events taking place. There will be a laptop at the gate with a form where all visitors indicate they have not been to China, nor been in contact with anyone who has, in the past 14 days. We respect the right of all families to evaluate each event for themselves and to choose not to participate if they are not comfortable with it.

We continue to monitor the air quality situation on campus, and to make adjustments as needed when there are sustained high AQI levels. We have noted the AQI is worse during the mornings as a result of burning by our neighbors. We have begun monitoring this from the SAS Building. Where burning is identified, our security team approaches the neighbor asking them to put the fires out. We have also begun putting in place an educational program to educate neighbors and their gardeners about alternatives to burning. This process includes working with our ward office, distributing flyers created by our students, and gardener information sessions. We are hopeful we can gradually make a difference around the school. As always, if your child has any special health considerations we are not already aware of, let your principal know.

Kind regards

Gregory A Hedger, EdD
Director

Update February 6th, 2020

Dear ISY Community,

Earlier this week, ISY increased the level on our coronavirus flu decision matrix from level 1 to level 2. This change required increased vigilance on our part through things like temperature checking at the gate, limiting visitors to our campus, regular deep cleaning of all classrooms, and similar measures. This level also permits regularly scheduled events for our community.

Based on our decision matrix, as well as data we had gathered, a few days ago we notified the community of our intention to move forward with having International Day on Saturday, 15 February. Following this announcement, we received several responses asking us to reconsider our decision. Though we still believed it was safe to hold the International Day celebration, we decided to conduct a survey to determine if there were a strong enough feeling in the community against holding the event to lead us to believe it would not be possible for this event to successfully take place. The results of that survey were split down the middle.

Since initiating the survey, we have continued to solicit as much information as possible around the subject of the coronavirus flu. We have reached out to sources within the CDC, the WHO, and various embassies. We have consulted with the Board of Trustees, members of the PA Board, and various parents and community members. We have also reached out to other international schools, as well as regional and international organizations. Considering the results of the survey, and the data and input we have received from various sources, we still believe we can and should move forward with International Day on the 15th, and will plan to hold this event. We have made this decision for the following reasons –

  • Transmission of the coronavirus requires contact with someone who is a carrier of the virus. The opportunity for this to happen during International Day is minimal with access limited to our community. We can further mitigate this by requiring all attendees to the International Day event to have a school ID card, or identification that can be matched to our records, by making sure there is a plentiful supply of hand sanitizer available during the day and at all country booths, and by providing gloves to be worn by all food handlers.
  • Our students have had a large number of events canceled recently that were beyond our control. We believe it is important we continue to make available to our students those events that are within our control.
  • We are a community. During times like this, it is important we come together as a community and support each other. Canceling events, and encouraging separateness and isolation when it isn’t necessary is not conducive to a strong community.

We realize there will be some people who do not agree with this decision. We encourage all families to examine the situation and decide for themselves whether or not attending the International Day is right for them. While we look forward to seeing most of you there, we know some people will choose not to attend. We understand and support them in that choice. That said, the event will be held for those who decide to be there.

Warm regards,

Dr. Gregory A. Hedger,
Director

Update - February 5th, 2020

Many thanks to the whole community for cooperating today with the screening which happened throughout the day. No fever was reported among anyone wishing to enter campus. We are staying at Level two on our action table in line with advice from International Health Authorities and will continue to screen anyone coming on to campus. In the last three days there have been no new cases of the virus reported in countries that do not already have it.  The security team have asked that people do their best to bring their IDs with them as it makes the process of entering campus much smoother. Anyone who needs an ID should contact the security team at the main gate.

Level two means that we are limiting access to non-members of the ISY community, however we are making arrangements for providers of after school activities to make sure of a minimum of disruption. Level two does not include the cancellation of ISY community events. We have received a few queries regarding International Day so would like to confirm that it will go ahead as planned.

We continue to monitor the situation and will send regular updates on the situation.

Additional Update - February 4th 2020

Since the earlier update,  ISY has received advice from the outside medical institution that has been advising us since the virus was first detected. One of their recommendations is that we move from our current status of Level 1 to Level 2.  This is a precautionary step to further safeguard the ISY community in light of the growing number of cases in other countries.  To date there are still no confirmed cases inMyanmar.  The ISY administration has decided to move to Level 2 starting tomorrow morning.

The additional precautions include the screening of anyone seeking access to the ISY campus including students, parents, and staff.  Screening will happen by a number of hand held electronic thermometers that do not touch the skin.  No visitors from outside the ISY community will be allowed on campus from tomorrow until further notice.

All events with other schools including sporting events and non-sporting events will be cancelled until further notice and emails will be sent to the parents of students involved in such activities directly.

Thank you for your understanding as we respond to this situation.  We will continue to update you regularly as the situation changes.

Coronavirus Update - February 4th 2020

The school continues to monitor the situation with regards to the virus and are in regular contact with both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease and Control Prevention.  A reliable source for information regarding the virus is the World Health Organization website.

As previously mentioned, ISY has a table in place of actions we are taking depending on the risk level.  That table includes actions to be taken regarding campus access, after school activities and field trips, community events and the methods of teaching employed.  The risk level will change depending on things like the number of cases confirmed in Myanmar from reliable sources, attendance levels at school and the advice from international health authorities.

This week, in line with our continued status of Level 1, students are having lessons from the clinic on basic hygiene and hand washing.   Increased cleaning regimes are in place and continue to operate.  Thanks to the Service Learning Film Crew who have produced a handy video for the screens on best handwashing practices.

The clinic would like to remind parents that students with fever symptoms must NOT return to school until they have been without symptoms for 24 hours while not taking medication.

Latest Updates from the Clinic

Taking precautions around H1N1

Taking precautions around H1N1

At ISY we closely monitor any signs of viruses appearing in Yangon and as school begins, we want to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students. In an effort to be proactive in this regard, we want to inform you of the following precautions we are implementing for the start of school.