Health & Safety

Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, HSE will provide the KAUST community and service providers with a series of guidelines that can be implemented in order to reduce the transmission of the virus. Please follow up to date Keeping KAUST Safe practices.

These guidelines are not exhaustive and everyone is encouraged to practice preventive measures (physical distancing, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, etc.) to ensure the safety and well being of everyone in KAUST.

  • Upon entering school students will use hand sanitizer and before entering any classroom.

  • Students will wash their hands regularly at their assigned bathroom.

  • Students will wash their hands every time they leave the classroom.

  • Two-meter markers will be placed before doors.

  • Students will be separated by two meters throughout the school day both in the class and when transitioning.

  • Most hallways will become one-way traffic where possible to avoid close contact in the hall when not a one-way hallway, students will stay to the right in a single file two meters behind the person in front of them.

  • Schedules will be created in a manner that will ease cross-over of classes in hallways.

  • Students must wear masks at all times at school except when eating and engaging in Physical education classes.

  • Hand sanitizer will be placed inside each building entry door and in each classroom

  • Banisters, door handles, light switches, elevator buttons etc. will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the housekeeping staff.

  • Toilets and sinks will be sanitized on a continuous basis throughout the day by the maintenance staff.

  • After each class period in the secondary school, students will use a disinfectant wipe to clean the desk and chair, and then they will use hand sanitizer prior to exiting the room.

Classrooms and use of materials:

  • Housekeeping staff, teachers, and students have a shared responsibility to maintain the sanitizing of the classroom and materials.

  • All toys must be washed twice daily. If they cannot be washed they must be packed away. Children’s personal toys must stay at home. iPads, laptops and mice are not to be shared and should be wiped before and after use.

Daily routines (to be done during breaks and recess):

  • Clean tabletops, door handles and other surfaces that are frequently touched

  • When food service resumes, regular disinfecting of cafeteria space and all surfaces

All children in KG and GES will eat snacks and lunch in their designated classroom following the below guideline. No lunch time will be provided for students in the Hybrid (half-day) model

  • All students and staff wash their hands before eating snack or lunch

  • All students and staff wash their hands after eating snack and lunch

  • Students sit in their designated spot in class for lunch. This spot should be at a two meter distance from others in the classroom

  • Snack and lunch is supervised by the classroom teacher or teaching assistant

  • Staff use the provided disinfectant and paper towels to thoroughly clean the tables before and after students have eaten

Movement people in, out, and throughout the building

All movement of students around and within the building is to be supervised by an adult and adhere to the expected two meters distance. When students are moving around the building, they need to follow these expectations which must be reinforced consistently by all teachers. Expectations include:

  • Everyone washes hands before moving to another section of the school.

  • Move on the right when moving up and down the stairs and through the hallways.

  • Move up and down the stairs one step at a time.

  • Stay five steps apart on the stairs.

  • Keep hands and bodies to him/herself.

  • Use the assigned restrooms at the assigned times.

  • Students must wash hands after using the toilet.

  • Anyone using the elevator must sanitize hands before entering the elevator.

  • One person (adults and children) at a time can use the elevator.

  • When exiting the elevator, hands must be sanitized.

Vulnerable people:

Students, faculty, and staff who are considered vulnerable per the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines should consult with their physician and request a medical certificate. This should be shared with the Divisional Principal or HR Partner.

School health nurse office

Students should only access the school nurse’s office for serious illness or injury or in the case of suspected viral infection.

Ongoing risk mitigation

● Staffed Isolation Center for symptomatic individuals.

● At-home quarantine requirement for sick individuals and those with sick household members.

● Medical documentation requirement for previously sick individuals prior to campus return.

● Ongoing contact tracing for faculty, staff, and students.

Isolation Room

The Isolation room is designed to help reduce the potential transmission of the virus between the patient and other students, faculty, and staff. If a student, faculty, or staff member exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, they will be escorted to a temporary Isolation room where they will undergo further examination. The nurses in the Isolation room will determine if the individual will need to visit a doctor and be tested for COVID-19.

For students: After examining the individual, the nurse will call the parent to arrange for immediate pickup of the sick child, if required.

Symptomatic individuals

Students, faculty, and staff will be required to remain home or will be sent home if they exhibit one of the following symptoms:

● Fever of 37.5℃ (99.5℉) or higher

● Cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● New loss of taste or smell


Two or more of the following symptoms:

● Fatigue

● Muscle or body aches

● Headache

● Sore throat

● Congestion or runny nose

● Nausea or vomiting

● Diarrhea

● Loss of appetite

In the event that a student exhibits symptoms at school, the school nurse will call the parent to arrange for immediate pickup.

Students (or parents), faculty or staff who have symptoms should then call KAUST Health (012 808 0940) and discuss the symptoms with the clinical team. Depending on the physician's clinical decision, They may be placed into quarantine for a period of 7 to 14 days.

Symptomatic individuals may return to campus:

  • Once a negative COVID-19 test result is received and an individual has been released from quarantine by a member of the KAUST Health team. The school Health Office will receive a notification from KAUST Health directly that the student has left quarantine. The student must first report to the Health Office to be checked by the school nurse before attending the classroom.

  • If their physician does not recommend/ require testing, a proof of attendance note will be required to be submitted to the School Health Office confirming that they can attend school.

Positive Test Response and Contact Tracing Protocol

Step 1 - The students’ parent or sick faculty/staff member informs KAUST Health (if diagnosed elsewhere) and inform the school nurse of the positive result. The Health Office will work with KAUST Health and ensure that the standard contract tracing protocol for KAUST is followed within TKS. The positive individual must remain in quarantine for the duration specified by the KH Physician. Student and staff may only return to TKS campus when contacted and released from quarantine by their KH physician

Step 2 - The KAUST School and KAUST Health work in collaboration to conduct contact tracing for COVID positive cases. KH medical team will determine the close contacts and advise on testing and quarantine dates.

COVID-19 Positive of a Household Member

In the event that a household member of a student, staff or faculty member is diagnosed with COVID-19, the student, staff, or faculty member must contact KAUST Health and may only return to TKS when:

1. They have completed the COVID testing and quarantine (if advised) requirement


2. They are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19

Please look at the detailed quarantine guidelines from the HSE website

For further information regarding quarantine, please email QS on