Campus Closure - Information and FAQ
Our campus is closed to students and the public effective March 16th through at least March 27th.
We hope that our families and students are keeping well and healthy.
Teachers will be providing e- and distance-learning to our students. Administrative staff will continue to service the ISA community from a distance.
School tours are postponed but enrollment for next academic year continues and Admissions is responding to all inquiries and applications.
Please click here for a letter from our Headmaster.
Q: Where can I get the most accurate facts and up-to-date information about the quickly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) situation?
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is the leading authority in our area. It has created a special website available at https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Novel-Coronavirus that contains general information for the public as well as specific information for healthcare providers. You may also call the Maricopa County Department of Public Health hotline, available in English and Spanish, at 602-747-7099 to speak to a public health representative or read these FAQs.
Information is rapidly developing. You can find the most up-to-date national information about the novel coronavirus on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Q: What advice and information is available for travelers as it relates to the COVID-19 situation?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a website that has specific information geared toward travelers, including frequently asked questions, travel alerts and a listing of the geographic areas experiencing widespread or sustained community transmission available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Q: How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?
Things to be mindful about while speaking with your child:
Remain calm and reassuring.
- Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
Make yourself available.
- Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
Avoid excessive blaming.
- It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
Be honest and accurate.
- In the absence of factual information children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
For additional suggestions on talking with your children, visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.
Q: What can we do to help prevent and respond to bullying related to the COVID-19 situation?
Some people of Chinese and Asian decent are facing stigma in their communities, regardless of whether they been exposed to COVID-19.
FACT: People—including those of Asian descent—who have not recently traveled to China or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.
Speak out against negative behaviors, including negative statements on social media about groups of people, or exclusion of people, who pose no risk from regular activities.
- If you see someone being treated unfairly, do not stay silent.
- If you feel comfortable, you can firmly but calmly tell the person to stop.
- If you don’t want to talk to the person who is harassing someone, you can also focus on the individual who is being treated unfairly. Make small talk, ask them how their day is going, and ignore the person harassing them.
- Tips for bystanders are simple actions anyone can use.
- If you have a child, https://stopbullying.gov/has tools for kids with simple, specific actions kids can take to support others.
For more information on this topic, visit: https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Novel-Coronavirus and look for the tab, titled: “Fighting Stigma & Bullying.”
Q: What will education look like during school the school closure?
We will be transitioning to a distance learning model which may include educational packets, online classroom interactions, videos, and language/subject/grade level applications. We are working to establish guidelines and support for students and parents. In addition, we are assisting our staff in creating and delivering meaningful academic content. Each teacher from PK4 to the 8th grade will be responsible for posting work, assignments, videos, quizlets, and more. These teachers will post each day and will let you know when to expect the next lessons. We do not believe that it is realistic to post anything for PK1-PK3 at this point, though teachers will be given the options. We anticipate a return to school on Monday, March 30th, however Madame Dutil will be sending you updates and personal videos that she would like you to show to your children. Madame Dutil will send upbeat hello's and encouragement so that the children understand that they are also responsible for their part in learning during this very odd period. The children will be encouraged to send back videos which Madame Dutil will then post for all to see. This will keep them from feeling isolated as well as keep them engaged.
Building a Strong Community
Our parents' dedication is a testimony to ISA values. Parents are a critical resource at ISA; studies demonstrate that family involvement in education correlates with better student outcomes.
To contact individual teachers or instructors, and for complete access to all PA news, events and resources, parents utilize the Parent RenWeb Portal . The RenWeb Parent Portal can be used as a tool to monitor and provide you with the latest information about your student. RenWeb training opportunities for parents will be held a couple of times a year at the ISA campus. Check the school calendar for training dates and times.
All students must be in uniform when attending school. Click on this link to read about the complete ISA uniform policy and to see examples > ISA Uniform Policy
To order uniforms for your student visit either of our suppliers, Lands End or French Toast through the links below. Both Lands End and French Toast provide 5% of uniform purchases back to the school as a donation:
Lands End and Enter School ID: 900092354
French Toast and enter School Code: QS5XYJY
Please also note that a wide variety of used uniforms are always available for sale through the ISA Parents Association.
Meals and Nutrition > Hot Lunch Order Menus
The International School of Arizona (ISA) is pleased to partner with 'Something Special Meals' to offer healthy, fresh and nutritious school lunches. Their menu offers:
- A variety of delicious and nutritious options with fresh, seasonal ingredients
- 100% organic, non-GMO, free-range, nitrate-free
- Individually eco-friendly packed and labelled cold lunch entrees, a-la-carte items, staff lunches and beverages
- Review and approval by a dietitian
Hot lunch orders must be made at least 48 hours prior to receiving the meal.
To set up an account with Something Special, please follow the steps below:
- Go to https://somethingspecial.boonli.com
- Click Create an Account. Password is: ISA16
- Enter information and click Submit
- Enter information for your student, Add Profile. Repeat for any additional students
- Click I'm done and Sign In
ISA also works with 'My Hot Lunchbox' that delivers great hot lunches to students. Parents enjoy the range of options for hot, nutritious meals. Simply login through the link below and create your own personal account.