Health Protocols

ASW Health Protocols


Our first measure is to stop the virus from entering the school. Therefore our first line of defense is regular testing. All students and staff who enter the building are tested weekly, with the possibility of stepping up the frequency of testing if a case of Covid-19 is identified within the school. Non-staff adults are not permitted to enter our school building until further notice.

Further more, testing is backed up by data provided by parents for each of their children via a mobile app. The app also serves as a platform for communicating test results and implementing daily assessment of risk. 

At the entrance to the school, one can find our final boundary protection in the form of ID checking, which is linked to the results from testing, app data and thermal scan via overhead camera, to permit entry to school. Students then disinfect their hands and walk on disinfecting mats as the last step before entering school. 


Our next measure against Coronavirus is to prevent any potential case from spreading inside the building. To achieve this we have divided our student body into three cohorts - elementary school, middle school and high school. Students in these cohorts are limited to moving within defined areas of the building, and may not enter another cohort at any time. Use of common spaces is also carefully managed to avoid cohort cross over.  

Masks are also worn in common spaces like hallways, offices and the cafeteria. In classrooms, teachers and students wear masks. All classrooms and common areas are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

We have deployed touch-free technology throughout school, installing automatic outer doors, water and hand-sanitizer dispensers in the hallways, and soap dispensers in bathrooms. Newly installed signage helps remind students to maintain social distancing. In the cafeteria, meals are served in reusable lunchboxes and must be pre-ordered. 


If a Covid-19 infection is identified within our community, we are ready to respond to it. Depending on the situation, a group of students may be temporarily excluded from school until they can be retested and returned to school. Our response may also involve closing a cohort or the whole school until retesting allows us to reopen.

In a group, cohort, or whole school closure, we will initiate our Virtual School approach and communicate how learning will continue until the threat or exposure is mitigated. 

Our goal will be to return to school as soon as possible when medical evidence suggests it is safe.  

Students line up to enter the Elementary School through touch-free, automatic doors.

Students line up to enter the Elementary School through touch-free, automatic doors.

ASW students disinfect their hands on entering school

A student wearing a face mask sanitizes his hands when entering the school building.

A hand-sanitizer dispenser in HS

A hand-sanitizer dispenser in high school.

a thermal camera at ASW

A thermal camera like this one scans students' body temperatures in every divisional entrance as they enter the school building.

ASW's new water fountains for 2020

Hands-free water fountains boost our defense against virus transmission while offering a waste-conscious alternative to bottled water.

disinfecting the ASW halls

Hallways and public areas are regularly disinfected.

a student prepares to be tested for Covid-19

A student prepares to take a simple nasal swab test for COVID-19.

Ms. Kidd, ES Counselor, leads a workshop in a grade 1 class.

Ms. Kidd, ES Counselor, leads a workshop on 'peacemaking' in a grade 1 class. Students in classrooms wear masks at all times.

Singers in middle school have fun in Choir class.

Singers in middle school have fun in Choir class while wearing masks in well-ventilated classrooms, where special air filters combat airborne viruses.

Students work in the PYP Garden

Students learning about different types of plants in the PYP Garden.

Due to COVID-19 protocols adopted by ASW for the 2020-2021 school year, visitors are not permitted to enter the school campus until further notice. 

If you are thinking about enroling your children at ASW, we invite you to email our admissions team - they will be happy to set up a virtual visit with you. Please visit our Admissions page to learn more about the enrolment process.