COVID-19 Response Page

Last updated at 08:20 on Wednesday 8th April, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Education announced that school campus closures in Korea have been extended. No published date for reopening the physical campuses has yet been communicated. During this time, we will continue to offer a virtual learning environment (VLE). Online lessons will continue, as scheduled, on Monday 6th April.

Based on feedback from parents, teachers and students, we have now updated our VLE Parent Guides. The guides are available in both English and Korean. Please take a moment to review these guides with your child. The guides outline the roles, responsibilities and expectations for students, teachers and parents. These expectations will vary according to the age of the child.

We understand that a virtual learning environment can never replace time in school interacting and collaborating with teachers and friends, but we will make every effort to offer the best education possible in the current circumstances. Our aim is to ensure that children feel connected, safe, supported and that learning continues.

We greatly appreciate your continued trust, patience and support.


코로나19 감염 확산으로 인해 교육부는 한국 학교의 '등교개학'을 연기한다고 발표했습니다. 현재로서는 캠퍼스로의 '등교개학' 날짜는 확정되지 않았습니다. 이에 저희는 계속 온라인 가상학습(VLE)을 제공할 예정입니다. 온라인 가상학습(VLE)은 예정대로 4월 6일(월요일)부터 재개됩니다.


학부모, 교사와 학생들의 피드백 바탕으로 온라인 가상학습에 대한 안내문을 업데이트 했습니다. 업데이트된 내용은 영문과 국문으로 확인 하실 수 있으며, 잠시 시간 내시어 자녀와 함께 읽어보시기 바랍니다. 학년별 학생과 교사 및 학부모의 온라인 가상학습에 대한 역할과 책임에 대한 내용이 추가되었습니다.


결코 온라인 가상학습이 교사와 학생들이 직접 소통하며 이뤄지는 학교에서의 대면수업을 대신할 수 없다는 점 잘 알고 있습니다. 하지만 현 상황에서 저희가 할 수 있는 최고의 교육을 제공하고자 최선의 노력을 다하겠습니다. 저희의 목표는 학생들이 유대감과 소속감을 유지하고 안전한 환경에서 공부함으로써, 학습의 공백을 최소화하는 것입니다.


여러분의 지속적인 신뢰와 성원에 감사합니다.

Online Support


If you are having any technical difficulties, you are welcome to contact our Technology Team (it@isbusan.org). If you need to contact a member of the Educational Leadership Team, please do not hesitate to send an email or set up an online conversation.



Student Wellbeing




As we continue with our Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) during this school closure, we recognize and appreciate all the work parents, students, and staff are contributing in the adaptation process to this unique environment and set of circumstances. Every family, regardless of location, is experiencing the challenges and successes that come with this process and the unique situation facing us. Through this, I recommend giving time, kindness, help, and care to yourselves. I would also like to present you with a few more tips:


Communication with your Children

Parents keep abreast of the situation regarding COVID-19 in South Korea by speaking with friends or gathering information from various sources online, however children may not have the same ability to access or understand the situation. Children experience less anxiety and/or uncertainty when they are given information in age-appropriate words and manner. It is important to be a reassuring voice and to answer any questions that they may have.


Creating a Healthy Work Environment

Parents may wish to find a quiet and calm environment where your child can feel safe, relaxed, and comfortable. A place with natural day-light will improve the overall mood of the room and give the child a little extra energy. Taking small breaks throughout the day is important, just as it is at school. Exercise routines, visits outside (at your discretion), social opportunities with peers, reading a book, are all beneficial to the student during the VLE school day.


Time Inside

Many of us have chosen to stay in our homes during this period of time. It is important to be aware of your and your child's emotions and energy levels. Some may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, confinement, and/or isolation, resulting in higher stress levels, low energy, difficulty concentrating, etc. These feelings are not uncommon, and it is important to recognize how they might be affecting our thoughts and behaviours. However, there are measures that you can take to deal with these issues:

  • Be sure to keep up exercising. In whichever environment you choose to be, find exercises that may fit that place. Take some time to research ways to exercise inside.
  • Try to get outside, if possible. Keeping in mind the washing of hands and the avoidance of large groups of people. Try to find time to get fresh air and natural light.
  • Keep up daily routines if possible. Children find security in routine.
  • Monitor your screen time. Too much screen time will not counteract (and could contribute to) higher stress levels, low energy, or difficulty concentrating. Healthier indoor activities for you and your family may be reading, playing board games, trying out a new hobby, solving a puzzle, drawing or coloring, journaling (writing down how you are feeling generates self-understanding), etc.
  • Take time for self-care. Sometimes family members may need a healthy time-out from one another. Allow each other to have those moments to refresh.
  • Find healthy avenues to socialize. Some may be open to visitors, others may not. Try to understand and help one another during this period.

Lastly, do not hesitate to reach out to me, the school counsellor- Mr. Joey Dekens. If you or your child needs someone to talk to regarding your current situation, your feelings of uncertainty or other, I am here to support you. I am available through my email (below) and can communicate through the various online platforms.

Mr. Joey Dekens

ISB Whole-School Social & Emotional Counsellor (jdekens@isbusan.org)


Staying Healthy in a VLE - a short video to watch with your children


COVID-19 Health and Safety Advice


How do I protect myself against the COVID-19 coronavirus?


  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask, tissue, or a sleeve or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid visiting a crowded place.
  • Avoid contact with a person who has symptoms of fever, coughs or other respiratory symptoms.
  • Especially, the elderly, pregnant women, the people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease wear a mask when going outside.
  • How to protect yourself against COVOD-19 (WHO video)


Why is the disease being called coronavirus disease COVID-19?


On February 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona, ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease.


How does COVID-19 spread?


The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.

  • People who stay within 2 meters (6 feet) from a person who is sick.
  • It can spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes.

It may be possible that a person can catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or a surface, then touching their own eyes, nose or mouth. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


Is there a treatment for COVID-19?


Not Yet. There is no specific treatment for this disease so the approach used to treat patients with coronavirus-related infection is to treat the clinical symptoms (e.g. fever, difficulty breathing). Supportive care (e.g. supportive therapy and monitoring - oxygen therapy, fluid management, and antivirals) can be highly effective for those infected.


Are some people more at risk than others?


Generally, elderly people and those with underlying conditions (e.g., hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, liver disorders, and respiratory disease) are expected to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms. So far, mostly people with underlying illnesses such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, weak immune disease including cancer have died in South Korea from the COVID-19. KCDC data showed that the mortality rate of virus patients aged 80 or more was 3.7 percent, compared with an average mortality rate of 0.5 percent.


What is community spread?


Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.


What is the close contact?


Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; this can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case. Also, if having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case. (e.g., being coughed on)

Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?


Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.

Guidelines for Self-Quarantine

What should I do if I have respiratory symptoms including fever, coughs, sore throat?


  • Do not go to school or work and avoid outdoor activities.
  • Take a rest at home and monitor the symptoms for 3~4 days.
  • When fever continues or other symptoms get worse, consult with the KCDC Call Center at 1339, 1345 (international) or local health center.
  • Use a personal vehicle and wear a face mask when visiting a health facility.
  • Inform your healthcare provider of a travel history and contact history with persons with respiratory symptoms.

What is a National Safe Hospital?


There are concerns over potential contamination or suspected patients in hospitals, so the government designated hospitals for people without virus or respiratory symptoms. These hospitals will treat COVID-19 patients with respiratory symptoms, separately from other patients so as not to spread the virus inside the medical institution. So, the general public and respiratory disease patients receive medical treatment in a safe environment.

The list of National Safe Hospitals in Busan

Are face masks effective in protecting against COVID-19?


Face masks help prevent further spread of infection from those who are sick to others around them. However, face masks do not seem to be as effective in protecting those who are not infected.

When should I wear a mask?


  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms including coughing and sneezing.
  • If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected COVID-19 infection.
  • When you visit the medical facilities or if you are medical staff.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. When and how to use masks.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?


You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.



Travel Declaration

Students will not be permitted to return to the school campus until fourteen days after returning to the Republic of Korea if they have travelled overseas. If you have returned from overseas in the past two weeks, we are requesting that you complete this Travel Declaration Form so that our School Nurse can maintain sufficient records and contact you directly for further information. If you have travelled overseas, you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days (Guidelines for Self Quarantine).

ISB Campus Protocols for Prevention of COVID-19 Coronavirus Transmission

The following protocols will be in place when our campus reopens:


Entry Requirements for Visitors to ISB

  • Campus entry will be restricted to students, staff and faculty.
  • Parents may only visit the campus by prior appointment.
  • Students who do not travel on the bus should be dropped-off in the morning at the main gate. All students will be temperature checked upon entry to the school. If the recorded temperature is above 37.5 °C, the student will be isolated in the designated isolation room and be monitored by the School Nurse until the child’s parents arrive to take them home.
  • Students who do not travel on the bus should be collected in the afternoon from the drive-through collection point at the Elementary Car Park.
  • All visitors to the campus will be required to read and sign a health and travel declaration form. The school will only allow visitors by prior appointment.
  • All visitors to the campus will be temperature checked. If the recorded temperature is above 37.5 °C, the visitor will not be permitted to enter the school campus.
  • Visitors who have recently displayed any of the symptoms associated with the Covid-19 coronavirus (respiratory symptoms including fever, coughs, sore throat) will not be permitted to enter the school campus.
  • Visitors who have travelled overseas will not be permitted to enter the school campus until fourteen days after returning to the Republic of Korea. Self quarantining is compulsory (Guidelines for Self Quarantine).
  • All visitors to the campus will be requested to disinfect hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser and use a disinfectant wipe to clean their mobile telephone before entering the campus.

Safety Precautions on Campus

  • All students will be temperature checked during the day. If the recorded temperature is above 37.5 °C, the student will be isolated in the designated isolation room and be monitored by the School Nurse until the child’s parents arrive to take them home.
  • Teachers will regularly remind children to follow the standard recommendations to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, the Covid-19 coronavirus.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitizers are available in all learning areas.
  • Regular temperature checks and health screening will be conducted by the School Nurse.
  • Students, staff or faculty who display any of the symptoms associated with the Covid-19 coronavirus (respiratory symptoms including fever, coughs, sore throat) will be sent home immediately.
  • All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes throughout the day by cleaning staff.
  • All classrooms will be ventilated during recess.
  • Maintenance staff will complete weekly disinfectant spraying of the school campus.
  • All field trips, sporting fixtures and residential trips will be cancelled until further notice.
  • All events with external guests or visitors will be cancelled until further notice.
  • Students, faculty and staff may wear face masks at school, but this is not compulsory.
  • To minimise visitors on campus, all after-school electives will be cancelled. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
  • Any ISB community member who has travelled overseas will not be permitted to enter the school campus until fourteen days after returning to the Republic of Korea. Self quarantine is compulsory (Guidelines for Self Quarantine).
  • Information posters are displayed in prominent locations to provide guidance to staff, students and visitors.
  • Recess times will be staggered and contained in designated outdoor areas to minimise contact between year groups.


Safety precautions in the Cafeteria

  • To limit contact between each year group, students will either have lunch boxes delivered to classrooms or they will be scheduled at different times to have lunch at the cafeteria.
  • Cafeteria seating will be organised to minimise face to face contact during meal times.
  • To avoid multiple students touching the same utensils, the self-service section of the cafeteria will be closed.
  • Students will all be served by cafeteria staff who will all be taking additional precautionary measures such as wearing face masks and latex gloves.
  • Students will need to bring personal water bottles to school to avoid sharing jugs and cups.

Safety Precautions on School Buses

  • All students will be temperature checked before boarding the bus. If the recorded temperature is above 37.5 °C, the student will not be permitted to travel to school.
  • All school buses will be thoroughly disinfected during the school day before the morning and afternoon services.
  • All students and staff should wear masks when travelling on the school bus.
  • All transport staff will wear face masks.
  • Alcohol based hand sanitiser will be provided on every bus.