Safely Back to School

Ensuring Our Campus is a Safe Place to Learn

We've been working hard to protect the safety of students, staff, and teachers from COVID-19. With guidance from the Wuhan Development Zone (Hannan District) Education Bureau, we are implementing our plan to prevent the spread of illness among our community. The plan includes the following:

  • Disinfecting and ventilating the school facility multiple times per day
  • Limiting campus access to essential personnel only
  • Documenting recent travel history for all students, staff, and households in the community.
  • Checking temperatures and health codes for all students, staff, and approved visitors multiple times per day
  • Ensuring adequate social distancing during lunch time
  • Creating a safe isolation area for anyone who becomes sick during the school day
  • Stocking up on all necessary PPE and cleaning supplies
  • Ongoing monitoring of the pandemic situation worldwide and its impact on our community


Arrival - Where to Enter

All students will have their temperatures checked before they can enter the building.

  • ECC students enter through their back doors on the ECC playground.
  • Elementary students enter through the side door closest to the Performing Arts Building.
  • Secondary students (Grades 6-12) enter through the side door nearest the large playground and basketball courts.
  • Parents and staff (adults) enter through the main lobby.

Parents on Campus

For health and safety reasons and until further notice, parents will not be able to walk their children to their classrooms and can only bring their children as far as the outside entrances or inside lobby. (Updated August 27, 2021)

End-of-Day Pickup Locations

  • EC3 through EC5 will dismiss from their classroom’s back door on the ECC playground (same as prior year).
  • Elementary (Grades 1-5) will dismiss through the Performing Arts Building auditorium lobby. Each door is labeled, one door per classroom. Please wait for your child outside appropriate door. Students will be lined up on the inside of the lobby. Parents will need their dismissal card in order to receive their child.
  • Secondary students will dismiss through the side door closest to the large playground and basketball courts (same as prior year).

End-of-Day Pickup Policies

  • Each parent is assigned a card for each of their children in ECC and Elementary.
  • If you don’t have the card for your child, you must go to the reception desk for approval.
  • If you are picking up someone else’s child, you must have that child’s card or go to the reception desk for approval.
  • If one parent is picking up another parent’s child, the child’s parent must inform the child’s teacher before 12 noon on the day of pickup. If the teacher is not informed before 12 noon that day, the parent of the child to be picked up must contact the reception desk.

Bus Rider Procedures

  • Teachers will escort all students to their assigned bus.
  • A WYIS bus monitor will be on every bus ride to and from campus.
  • Students are not allowed on the bus without a WYIS staff member on board.
  • Students must be dropped off at their assigned afternoon location, unless the teacher is otherwise notified by the parent.
  • Students must follow all school and bus policies on their daily commutes to and from campus. If you have questions about these dismissal procedures for your child, please contact your child’s teacher through email or Canvas.


Cafeteria Safety

  • No need wear a mask to enter the cafeteria.
  • Use sanitizer before entering the cafeteria.
  • Keep 1.5m distance from each other when lined up.
  • Seats at each table are marked. Sit only on those without the yellow X.
  • Kitchen staff serve the food and will hand you your spoon, fork, and fruit.
  • Use student ID card or finger print to pay for lunch (as usual).

Classroom Safety

  • Students do not have to wear a mask, as long as they keep 1.5m distance. When grouped or in closer settings, students should wear masks.
  • If a student shows signs of a typical sickness (not suspected Covid-19 symptoms), the teacher will send the student to the school nurse.
  • The teacher will contact the receptionist and school nurse.
  • The nurse will determine if the student needs to be taken to the isolation room.
  • A cleaner with special sanitizing and protective equipment will come to disinfect the classroom. (Teachers may take their remaining students to another classroom while the room is being cleaned.)
  • The receptionist will call to inform the sick student’s parents.
  • The school will send the sick student to a hospital.
  • The student can return to school with a doctor’s document.  


Will students be required to wear a mask on campus?
As of now, students and teachers will not be required to wear masks in their classrooms. However, this requirement might change. Access to school is restricted to students and teachers with a green health code and negative nucleic acid test for COVID-19. Furthermore, classrooms have been arranged to provide distancing between students and frequent ventilation of the space. There may be special activities that do not allow for adequate social distancing. For these short periods of time, children and staff will be required to wear a mask.
Will lunches be served on campus?
Yes, we will be providing lunches in staggered lunch periods to allow for a minimum number of students in the cafeteria at one time. Cafeteria table seats have been set to a reduced capacity. Food preparation and service staff will wear masks at all times.
What special procedures are in place for food preparation in the school kitchen and for eating in the school cafeteria?
PREPARING LUNCH: 1. In addition to health department inspection, our kitchen equipment and procedures have also been inspected by the local education bureau to ensure our food preparation meets government requirements. 2. All food preparation personnel have a negative nucleic acid test for SARS-COV-2 and have valid health certificates. 3. All food preparation personnel are required to wear masks and protective clothing throughout the food preparation and serving process. 4. All food preparation personnel are checked for body temperature in the morning and before lunch. SERVING/EATING LUNCH: 1. All food and tableware will be distributed by the food preparation staff. Students will not be allowed to touch others’ food tray or tableware. 2. Lunch times are staggered to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. 3. Everyone who enters the cafeteria dining area must first wash hands. (Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance.) 4. Students must keep 1.5 meters apart while in line for food. 5. Students must keep 2 empty seats between each other while eating. 6. Masks will not be worn when eating.
What will be the procedure if a student becomes ill during the school day?
If a student becomes ill with headache, cough, nausea or fever (>37.3 C), the student will be escorted to an isolation area on campus where he or she will receive care from a trained monitor and wait to be picked up by a parent or guardian. The teacher and other students will temporarily move to a different location until the classroom has been cleaned and disinfected. After the classroom has been disinfected, the teacher and other students can return.
What will be the procedure for a student to return to school after an illness, or if a student’s family member is ill?
If a student leaves school or is absent due to illness, or if a member of the student’s household is ill, the student should remain at home until receiving a negative test result. WYIS does not offer online instruction for students who are not on campus. For more information, contact your child's teacher.
Will bus service resume?
Yes. Busses will be cleaned and disinfected at the beginning and end of each day. All bus riders will need to wear a mask while on the bus. They will also have temperatures checked before boarding.
What is the procedure if a student or family member returns from travel outside Hubei Province?
Any student who has been outside of Wuhan within the 14-day period must have a COVID-19 test done (showing negative test result) within 72 hours of their first day of school. We need to see evidence of test on your first day of school. Original paper, copy, or phone result will all suffice.
Can family and community members come to campus?
Parents may drop off their children in the lobby, but we ask that parents no longer try to walk their elementary children to class. In order to keep our campus as safe as possible, only students and staff are allowed in the classroom hallways each morning.
WYIS Campus Aerial View