Campus reopening roadmap — British School Haileybury Astana

Campus reopening roadmap - Spring Term

We have been working hard to make plans for reopening safely in both cities next term. You will find everything you need to know about these arrangements here:

Dear Parents

I wish you a very good start to 2021. We are pleased to see that over the winter holidays the Kazakh Government has made positive announcements to the improvements in the provision of offline education for our older pupils in the Senior School. There will be a blend of online and offline teaching in the months ahead as we seek to ensure the operation of a safe school campus and ensure that pupils have all the resources, support, and encouragement needed to make their best progress. All the staff at Haileybury Astana continue to work hard to ensure that all pupils are well supported in their studies.

We look forward to the new term and I enclose my best wishes for the year ahead. 

Kind regards,

Ian Hunt, Chairman of the Board of Governors

Dear Parents and Pupils

During the winter holidays, we have been in further communication with local and international stakeholders, to review the safe educational learning environment within our school. 

I am pleased to report that the measures implemented in the summer of 2020, continue to deliver a safe and COVID free learning environment for our community. 

These changes included the implementation of thermal imaging cameras, bactericidal air recirculation units, increased signage, enhanced hygiene facilities, socially distanced classrooms and a detailed planning programme to maintain social distancing. 

We are now continuing to work closely with local authorities to allow us to reintegrate our students back into the school, in a carefully controlled safe environment. We have also continued to enhance and develop our digital learning technology and staff training, for those year groups which still remain online. 

Please can I urge you to regularly review our website for updates and further communications. 

Best wishes

John Coles

Haileybury Astana Headmaster 

Parent/Pupil Informed Consent Letter — Covid19
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People movement and personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Everyone entering the campus must wear a face mask at all times. 
  • All public-facing areas will have plexiglass shields (e.g.  security bases, reception areas, medical, administrative, food serving areas etc.).
  • All public facing support staff will wear face shields in addition to masks (e.g. food servers, cleaners, health and safety staff).


  • Hand sanitisers are located all around the school and students and staff will be required to use the hand sanitisers when entering the building and entering and exiting classrooms and the dining hall.
  • Hand sanitiser liquid we use is sanctioned by the local Health Authority and does not contain alcohol.
  • All students will be encouraged to use soap and water as often as possible.
  • One way systems are in place around the school with clear signage on stairs and in corridors.
  • Additional segregation barriers to isolate groups of children.
  • ‘Please wait here’ stickers are in place in the dining hall and outside every toilet. Limit of two students at a time in a restroom. 
  • Reorganisation of classrooms to support social distancing with a maximum of 15 pupils in each classroom and additional learning spaces where required repurposing current rooms and adapting spaces where required. 
  • Group changing facilities will not be used - children coming into school ready for the activity or the activity doesn’t happen.

Effective and frequent medical-grade cleaning procedures for classrooms, offices, changing rooms, surfaces, railings, doors and windows, toys, sports equipment, dining tables.

  • Issuing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all teaching and administrative staff (face masks).
  • Specialised PPE for nursing staff-face masks, face shields, gowns, face masks.
  • Sign-posts to support one-way systems within buildings and walkways.
  • Implementation and strict adherence to social distancing at school-classrooms, offices, dining, corridors.
  • Reorganisation of classrooms and offices to allow for social distancing.
  • Social distancing markings-classrooms, corridors, dining areas, lifts, floors.
  • Effective ventilation of classrooms and offices-opening doors and windows.
  • Regular staggered breaks for students and staff.
  • Lift not to be used unless for medical reasons / movement of equipment and cleaned immediately after use.
  • Effective medical-grade cleaning procedures for classrooms, offices, changing rooms, bathrooms, surfaces, railings, doors and windows, toys, sports equipment, dining tables.
Our receptionists can be contacted during office hours by email or by telephone.

Administrative measures for Parents and Pupils

As always we are keen to support you in any way we can and although we cannot meet face-to-face at this time, our teachers will still be happy to communicate with you and answer any questions you may have through email or alternatively we can arrange a video conferencing meeting.

Forgotten school items should be clearly labelled with the student’s name and handed to our Security Staff at the nearest entrance to your child’s class. They will ensure they are given to the student.

If you are called by our Medical Team to collect a sick child, they will advise which entrance you should come to and you will be directed to the correct Medical Base.

The school will provide regular updates to parents via digital communication, including videos to demonstrate hygiene protocols. The following information will be shared in English, Russian and Kazakh:

  • Details of new COVID secure procedures and protocols.
  • School campus access arrangements (only essential access for staff and pupils).
  • Daily arrival and dismissal plan (staggered by age group to support social distancing).
  • An adjusted timetable to support minimal movement.
  • All pupils will be expected to complete a return-to-school consent form prior to arrival.

School plans for reopening:

Will all students return at the same time?

Certain year groups are already physically back in school  and we will continue to use the same protocols for Term 2

Recent changes in Government legislation have now allowed more Senior School pupils to return to school. We will be contacting all relevant parents and pupils outlining our detailed staggered return to school for the start of Term 2. This will provide the time and space for all pupils to familiarise themselves with the new rules and routines. Our campus looks significantly different and we have prepared detailed plans for a safe return. Specific details about your child’s return to school will be shared with each individual year group.

Will there be temperature checks?

You will need to take your child’s temperature before they leave for school each day. As they arrive, they will pass by one of our thermal imaging cameras. Anyone displaying a high temperature should not be sent to school. If they have a temperature at the entry point, they will be sent home.

What will happen when I arrive at school?
  • Senior School students will enter via the main entrance turnstiles. Senior School parents will not be permitted to enter the campus but can drop students off in their vehicles. Student entry onto the campus will be staggered to ensure that there is no overcrowding at the entrance. 
  • KS2 students will enter either via the Main Entrance or through the KS2 entrance. KS1 students will enter via the KS1 entrance. Year 1 8:00 - 8:15, Year 2 8:15 - 8:30.  Reception and Nursery students will enter via the KS1 entrance from 8:30 - 9:00. Creche students will remain in the Creche outdoor play area for temperature testing from 8:30 - 9:00. 
  • No parents will be allowed on campus. For KS1 and KG students, staff will be on hand at entrances every morning to welcome students and guide them safely to their lockers and classroom. 


Will the Dining Hall be open for food service?

KG students will continue to have breakfast snack, mid morning snack and their lunch in their own dining room with staggered seatings and settings to allow for social distancing and sanitation after each sitting (maximum 2 groups at a time at different ends of the room). KS1 and KS2 students will be served a breakfast snack, mid morning snack and a hot lunch in an insulated lunchbox in their classrooms.

Senior School will go to the main dining hall at designated times, stand in socially distanced queues to collect lunch and move to designated seats following the one way system. The dining hall will be santised after each sitting. All students will use hand sanitiser on entry and exit of the dining hall.

What would happen if anyone in the school caught COVID 19?

In the event of a member of staff or a pupil testing positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health, the staff and the parents will be informed as soon as possible. If the individual has been at the School during the lead up time to the onset of symptoms, the School may close. We will follow the guidelines of the authorities closely and keep the community informed of all decisions.

Can a parent come onto campus?

No, only pupils and staff are allowed to enter the campus. No drivers or parents are to enter the school buildings. Pupils will be dropped off following social distancing measures at designated entrances at staggered times. For younger pupils, staff will be on hand to meet, greet and escort children to their lockers and classrooms. Individual guidance will be shared with each year group outlining the specific arrangements.

Will there be PE lessons?

Yes, but there will be specific COVID-safe rules regarding the use of equipment, with appropriate socially distanced activities in place. As long as good weather permits all lessons will be in outdoor areas. The PE programme will be adjusted to follow guidelines for the use of equipment. 

On PE days, all pupils should attend school in their PE uniform and stay in it for the whole day, changing only shoes.

What will happen at the end of the school day?
  • Parents of Creche students will collect students from the Creche outdoor learning area or CSZ classroom door at 15:00.
  • Parents of Nursery and Reception children will collect students from the classroom doors exiting onto the outdoor learning areas at staggered times:

Nursery 15:00

Reception 15:10

There will be no after school provision.

  • Parents of KS1 children will collect students from classroom doors exiting onto the outdoor learning areas at staggered times:

Year 1: 15:10

Year 2: 15:20 

There will be no after school provision.

  • Parents/drivers of KS2 students will wait for students outside at either the Main Entrance or KS2 entrance. Children will exit at staggered times:

Year 3: 15:10

Year 4: 15:20

Year 5: 15:30

Year 6: 15:40


KS3: 15:45 - School ends and pupils can leave from the Main Reception Exit. 

KS4 & KS5: 15:50 - School ends and pupils can leave from the Main Reception Exit. 


*Please note that these timings are subject to change depending on any changes in legislation

Will my child be socially distanced in one classroom?

Pupils will adhere to social distancing guidelines in accordance with the Ministry of Education requirements. For pupils in Creche, Nursery, Reception, KS1, KS2 and KS3, all lessons will take place in the same classroom. For pupils in examination year groups KS 4 and 5, a minimal amount of movement will be required in order to access specialised equipment and resources to support examination subjects (e.g. Science Labs). Strict cleanliness and hygiene practices will be adhered to between lessons in accordance with sanitary protocols.

Will CCAs be offered?

Until further notice, no CCAs will be offered at lunchtimes or after school.

Will private music lessons be available?

With the recommended sanitation and social distancing, private music lessons will be introduced.

What will children need to bring to school and what will be provided?


Provided: individual sealed resource packs for children including everyday stationery items eg.pens, pencils, whiteboards, pens, erasers. Individual play dough pots.

From Home: named water bottle, indoor shoes, change of clothes (to be kept in school). Children from Nursery and Creche who sleep at school will be required to bring in clean bedding. 

KS1 and KS2

Provided: individual sealed resource packs for children including everyday stationery items eg.pens, pencils, whiteboards, pens, erasers., 100 square, number fan, dice, counters.

From Home: named water bottle, indoor shoes.

Secondary School

From Home: named water bottle, indoor shoes, stationery items including: scientific calculator, geometry sets, tablet OR laptop (no phones).

Will my child’s books be marked?

Teachers will provide appropriate feedback on pupil work, whilst maintaining strict hygiene practices.

What medical provision is in place?

The school has opened an additional Medical Centre for Senior School Students. Both Medical Centres for Junior and Senior School will be open at all times. Separate isolation areas have been established to allow for adequate social distancing as well as isolate any person displaying covid symptoms. 

Will children still have playtimes?

Yes, children will still have time to play and socialise with their friends all with appropriate sanitising and social distancing. Games played will have to follow socially distancing rules and any equipment cleaned after each play time.

Will there be access to learning for pupils who cannot return to school?

Where appropriate, the school has prepared classrooms to have video streaming technology. This will allow for teaching and learning to be accessed by any pupil who is unable to come to school. 

Will pupils need to wear normal uniform?

Normal Haileybury school uniform will be worn, minus ties and blazers. All items are fully washable and will be laundered frequently. Ties and blazers cannot be washed and hence will remain at home. Pupils may wear a Haileybury sweater or sweatshirt for warmth instead of a blazer.

On PE days, all pupils should attend school in their PE uniform and stay in it for the whole day, changing only shoes.

Do all pupils have to complete the Return to School Form?

Both Junior and Senior School pupils must have completed Return to School Google form completed before they return to school in preparation for the new school year.

The Return to School Google form is available on the school website or using the link below.

The following was done to ensure the implementation of enhanced sanitary measures and the improvement of the educational process:

1) Thermal cameras  - 3 pcs 
2) Air recyclers - 70 pcs
3) Lesson streaming kit's - 68 pcs
4) On wall sensor hand sanitizers -  40 pcs
5) Interactive panels  - 3pcs
6) Extra desks  - 70 pcs
7) Towel dispensers  - 67 pcs
8) Hand thermometers - 67 pcs

The Future

The measures outlined above make up Phase 1 of a staggered return to normal. We are in discussions regarding the next phase which will include reducing some of our measures in line with a reduced risk from COVID-19. This will be done under guidance of the authorities, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, and not before it is safe to do so. You will be informed in advance of any changes to the guidelines outlined above. Whilst details of this are unconfirmed, future phases are likely to involve:

  • a reintroduction of large gatherings but with appropriate physical distancing;
  • in junior sections of the School, mixing of certain groups of children beyond the current bubbles
  • an increased range of activities allowed in PE;
  • a relaxing of some staggering measures on pick up and drop off; 
  • an ability to use some shared resources more freely (IT equipment, instruments, library books).


1. Academic Research by Harvard, Cambridge, and Johns Hopkins outlining why schools should reopen:

Educational Damage of not re-opening immediately

Harvard Experts acknowledged the risks associated with reopening schools, but the risks of keeping children home too long are even greater. Barry Bloom, former dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; "I believe that the process of socialization is really important, and that long-term deprivation of that is probably going to do more harm than the occasional child becoming infected."

2. Long Term Damage to the Economy if schools do not re-open immediately

Research by the U.K. Royal Society, (UK national academy for Scientific Research): school time lost because of the pandemic will harm global economies for the next 65 years. The research group, including academics from Cambridge and Bristol universities, says it will cost $billions in a reduced growth rate.

The study says the disruption to lessons will have a negative impact on the future skills of the workforce. ‘Getting pupils back to school must be a priority’.

3. Infection Rate for Children

4. Schools Reopening arguments

Paul Volberding, professor of medicine and emeritus professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, University of California-San Francisco, "really young kids are not much of an infection reservoir, so I think it is okay for preschool, day care, and elementary school to reopen." However, for older students, “schools may have to make adjustments, like having morning and afternoon shifts and limited hours”, 

Josh Sharfstein, vice dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “Schools should reopen with modifications, keeping students six feet apart, staggering student drop offs, and requiring students to wear masks. " 

The risks of staying home are in many ways clearer than the risks of returning to school" (Collins/Jackson, USA Today, 7/7;)

5. From The London Times Newspaper, July 2020

One of the largest studies in the world on coronavirus in schools, carried out in 100 institutions in the UK, will confirm that “there is very little evidence that the virus is transmitted” according to a leading scientist, Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and a member of the government advisory group Sage. He said: “A new study that has been done in UK schools confirms there is very little evidence that the virus is transmitted in schools”.

“This is the some of the largest data you will find on schools anywhere. Britain has done very well in terms of thinking of collecting data in schools.”

The study is being carried out by Public Health England and is expected to be published later this year.

About 20,000 pupils and teachers in 100 schools across England were tested to monitor the spread of the disease up to the end of the summer term.

It is hoped that the results of the study will help to allay people’s fears about the wider reopening of schools which is due to start next month.

Viner says a full reopening of schools is “imperative”. He warns that children have lost friendships, missed months of lessons and will suffer long-term social, mental and academic problems if schools stay closed. For teenagers, in particular, being cut off from their peers is bad for their development.

Viner adds that schools must have tests that can be turned around within 24 hours to enable the rapid isolation of infected people.

It is absolutely essential for schools to reopen in September. The risks to children from Covid are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” he said.

“Britain as a nation should stand up and say: our children are essential. Reopening schools is essential. If we do not feel test and trace is fully in place by September, we need to look carefully at the level of R [rating the virus’s ability to spread] at that point and look at what trade-offs may be necessary.”

“It is about what is necessary for the future of society and what is not. Schools are necessary.”

Viner suggested another study next month was likely to reassure parents. His team had reviewed 35 studies from around the world that had examined schools and the coronavirus.

One finding has been that “children play a minor role in transmission of the virus and schools play a minor role in transmission of the virus”.

Everything you do to reopen society will impact the national R, but reopening schools, we believe, has a very small impact on it. The majority of cases are staff, not students,” Viner said.

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