COVID-19 has caused severe disruption worldwide, including having a major impact on children’s education and their social, cultural, and sporting development.

BIS implemented a COVID-19 protocol from February 2020 and operated as a physical school for all grades for most of the 2020/21 academic year, with very few days in remote learning due to government restrictions or quarantines. This approach continued in the 2021/22 academic year, with all school events in Bishkek largely returning to pre-COVID-19 normality. International events are still curtailed by travel restrictions. The BIS COVID-19 protocol has been regularly updated since February 2020, taking account of the changing situation and new information about the spread and impact of COVID-19.

Evidence from antibody tests of all school staff, and reports of the Kyrgyz government from population testing, indicate that over 70% of the Bishkek population now has some immunity to COVID-19. Vaccination against COVID-19 is also freely available for adults in Bishkek. 

The February 2022 update of this protocol is based on COVID-19 now being endemic, and treats COVID-19 as one of many risks that our community faces. The most important rule in this protocol is to “stay at home if you are ill with a communicable disease”.

Covid-19 Protocol  (February 2022)