Coronavirus (Covid-19)

International School Zurich North is part of the global Cognita family of schools. We are taking our responsibilities as a group very seriously and are adhering to the guidance of Public Health Authorities for our schools in Europe, holding daily meetings to adapt as the situation develops and using our learning from our schools in Asia to ensure we keep our children safe. We're managing our response in a way that is proportionate, calm and informed by our experience around the world. We will update this page regularly as the situation develops and/or as we implement further measures to keep our community safe.

Latest Advice

ISZN will be open again from 11th May. For more details on how we will manage a successful transition to classroom teaching, please have a look at our Back to School Guide.

Although the situation is currently improving, it is important to stick to the measures that the Swiss Government has implemented to keep the infection rate at a low level.

We are asking our school community to take all these measures seriously to reduce the risk.

We are also asking parents to take the following simple steps to help keep our community safe. We have also introduced these measures for our staff.

  • Take your children’s temperature each day. If their temperature is 37.8°c or above, self-isolate and contact the Coronavirus Infoline: +41 58 463 00 00 for further advice.
  • Inform the school of any overseas travel plans, including by family members, in order for us to monitor risk more effectively.
  • Report any symptoms to us immediately (see Reporting Symptoms).

Latest Updates

7 May 2020

Back to School Guide

Jonathan Taylor, Principal

24 March 2020

Cancellation of CIE Exams

Jonathan Taylor, Principal

16 March 2020

Online Learning in Primary

Rebecca Nolan, Head of Primary

16 March 2020

Online Learning in Secondary

Sandra Price, Head of Secondary

13 March 2020

Announcement of ISZN School Closure

Jonathan Taylor, Principal


The symptoms of coronavirus, as given by WHO, are:

  • A cough
  • High temperature
  • Shortness of breath

However, these symptoms are shared by many other illnesses such as cold and flu.

If you, your child or a member of your family begins to feel unwell with these symptoms, please stay at home and call your family doctor or use the Corona virus Infoline: +41 58 463 00 00.

Please also report these symptoms to the school along with details of any travel from the last 14 days.


Parents and pupils should contact the Principal and the relevant Head of School to report any symptoms, to ask any questions or to share any concerns:

Principal: Jonathan Taylor

Head of Primary: Rebecca Nolan

Head of Secondary: Sandra Price

For medical questions, the canton Zurich has set up a hotline that can be reached by calling 0800 33 66 55.

Reducing Risk

The Federal Office of Public Health has published advice for how to reduce the risk from coronavirus in public.

To help stop the virus from spreading:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue/handerchief or the crook of your arm
  • Stay at home if you have a high temperature and a cough
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Always call ahead before going to the doctor's or the emergency department

The full advice can be found on the FOPH website.

Useful Links

There are a number of additional resources that you may find useful for further information on the coronavirus, the Government and international response and how best to talk about the outbreak with your children. Links to these can be found below:

WHO: Hand Washing

BAG OFSP UFSP: Hygiene Rules