BIS is committed to educating students to respect and protect the natural environment. We have a duty to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to look after our planet, to manage the world’s resources wisely, and to make a positive contribution to the world by improving our local area. We therefore aim to develop good habits and behaviour patterns amongst staff and pupils.
We encourage both staff and pupils to think about their environment and how their actions impact the world on a national and global scale. We promote and encourage environmental education in all aspects of everyday life.
The ways in which we will strive toward our goal of minimal negative environmental impact is to reduce the amount of materials we use and waste we produce, recycle and re-use materials whenever and wherever possible, restore what is deemed to have been destroyed, and respect our neighbours and environment.
In our immediate school vicinity, our aim is to provide and maintain an environment which:
- Contributes positively to the learning, well-being, attitudes, behaviours, and motivations of students;
- Provides a safe and stimulating learning environment;
- Enables children to make maximum use of the opportunities provided by the school campus;
- Provides a safe, comfortable, and motivating place of work for all BIS staff;
- Is attractive to visitors;
- Reflects our values of care and respect toward each other and our school.
What we do at BIS has a much bigger impact than just at our own campus. It impacts our suppliers, our students, their families, and everyone they can influence while setting a proximal example to others in the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia as a whole.
Clean Air Policy
Bishkek has clean air for most of the summer but air quality deteriorates over the winter as more coal is burnt and cold still air traps pollution in the city. As a school we work with others to improve this situation in the city for everyone but this is a long-term program. In the short term our objective is to protect the health of students in the school now.
To help us achieve this, we have a PurpleAir air quality sensor outside in the playground with real time data. One of our PurpleAir sensors is also near the US Embassy – to compare with the official AQI data from the Embassy sensor. Outside air quality (PM2.5 AQI) is displayed on the main door of the school and Reception, and updated at 9:00, 12:00, and 15:00 to guide staff, students, and parents about outdoor exercise following the BIS AQI policy for outside play.
Inside school, we aim to keep AQI below 50. We have air filters on all air intake systems, we manage window and door open times, and we have air purifiers all around the school. Air purifiers are used during the school day when outside AQI is over 50. You can check online for the real time AQI in the library by clicking on ‘inside sensors’ in the bottom left of the screen. Other rooms are checked by staff using a mobile air quality sensor to maintain the AQI below 50 in all rooms.
Health, Safety and Security
The first priority at BIS is the health, safety and security of all children in our care. This is the only issue hat comes before a happy environment and great education. We follow a comprehensive health and safety policy and have an emergency response plan for many situations. Practices are held every term (four times a year) for fire evacuation, earthquake response, and armed intruder response, though the latter is practiced as a ‘hide & seek’ game to reduce student concern.
BIS cooperates closely with US Embassy security service and is an active member of the local branch of the “Overseas Security Advisory Council” (OSAC). The campus is in a quiet and secure location which also minimizes security risks.
While being within central Bishkek, the actual school location is in a quiet residential area well away from the traffic fumes and other dangers of major roads. This is a wonderful safe place for children to spend the day.
One of the main reasons for choosing this site was the large outdoor play area. We have a full-size outdoor basketball court, a real grass field, and an adventure playground with treehouses, zipline and climbing walls, giving students space and variety to enjoy themselves at break times.
All buildings and facilities are designed and constructed for strong earthquake standards, fire safety and student security. Winter heating has back-up options, including a generator for the occasional power outages.
School teaching facilities include:
- Eight Primary Homeroom classrooms
- Ten Specialist Teaching Rooms
- Music Room
- Art Room
- Library/Resources Room for Primary
- Library/Resources Room for Middle/High School
- Study Room for Diploma Students
- Dance & Drama Hall
- Large multi-purpose hall for indoor sports and school performances
- Three Science Laboratories
- Full kitchen to serve the preschool/early primary dining room and the main school café
- Three preschool classrooms for different age groups
- A dedicated outdoor playground for Preschool
We continue to develop and improve the current facilities with renovation and new development every summer. We are also planning a new campus development to open in summer 2022 or 2023 to expand the facilities available for students.