ZIS reacted quickly in the spring of 2020, immediately switching to a successful online learning platform during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. The school is now planning for the start of the 2020/21 school year, with our focus being on protecting the health, safety and well-being of our entire school community. We will follow all rules implemented by the Swiss and cantonal authorities.
The ZIS Safeguarding Committee meets regularly to review this constantly evolving situation. Our priority is to minimize risk, to safeguard our academic day, and to maintain normal curricular experiences. We are striving to balance caution with reason and implement responses that are prudent, justified, and effective.
All campus visitors, including ZIS parents, are required to complete a registration form prior to their visit.
- Please complete the relevant form for the campus you wish to visit
- ZIS Parents - please complete the parent visitor form - when you login, the form will pre-populate as much information as possible
The Swiss government requires that travelers entering Switzerland from certain countries must quarantine for 10 days. Information is published on the FOPH website.
We are fortunate to be in a canton that gives such clear guidance. In the 2020/21 year, teaching will be classroom-based when at all possible. If the Cantonal Directorate of Health asks us to put classes, grades or an entire campus into quarantine, the Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) will take place.
According to the cantonal rules, we have established COVID safety plans, published below. In the Community Portal parents will find campus-specific information.
Schutzkonzept Upper School
Schutzkonzept Lower and Middle School
Schutzkonzept Thalwiler Taxi
Reinigungskonzept Upper School
Reinigungskonzept Middle School
Reinigungskonzept Lower School
Are you experiencing symptoms?
If you, or anyone in your family, experiences flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), contact immediately - first by phone - a doctor or the Coronavirus Info-line (+41 584 63 0000).
- Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Official Swiss Coronovirus Info-line:
+41 58 463 00 00, daily 24 hours, in German, English, French and Italian
- Stadt Zuerich
- Directorate of Education
- Health Directorate
We are proud of our community's response to the situation which has meant the cancellation of many events. Students, faculty and staff have created alternative experiences locally or between campuses to replace those impacted activities.
Our 2019/20 Upper School Student Council President Isabelle D. summed up both the importance of our co-curricular programs and what we at ZIS believe about character at an assembly when she said: "Though it is extremely disappointing to not be able to display your hard work at a competition or event, please know that none of this work went to waste, and your efforts have all still helped to positively impact your teammates, peers, the ZIS community, and yourselves. Success is not best measured by your rank at a competition or the amount of money you raise, but rather through the progress you experience as a team, and how you handle setbacks, then come back even stronger. The way you handle these unfortunate circumstances will make you grow as people and as a team."
In a continued coordinated effort school wide to support our students and families, the counseling department is assessing the situation with students and employees on each campus to be able to offer specific support as needed.
- Please feel free to contact a counselor should you become aware of any student who has expressed excessive worries about the spread of the virus or has experienced mistreatment due to nationality or ethnicity.
- All students, parents and staff are welcome to talk with the ZIS counselors to get advice about ways to cope best through this time.