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CAISL Community Information Page

Last updated January 23, 11:00p.m.

This information page was created to consolidate in one page all the relevant information for parents during this period. We will update it regularly as new data is received about this rapidly changing situation.


The Portuguese Government mandated all Portuguese Schools to close from January 22nd.  No visits allowed on campus.

Communications from the Director

January 19 - Director's updates

  • "High Risk" Individuals & Isolation
  • Staying at home as part of the current State of Emergency

January 13 - Director's updates

  • Staying safe and the importance and meaning of precautionary absences.
  • Recent events in the USA
  • The Hidden Curriculum
  • Saturday on campus

January 6 - Director's Updates

  • Happy New Year
  • Current State of Emergency
  • Introduction of a New Member of Staff

December 16 - Director's Updates

  • Bubble at home
  • World Premiers
  • Nursing Support During the Holiday

December 9 - Director's Updates

  • Continuation of State of Emergency and restrictions for next weekend.
  • Parent Board of Trustees Open Forum
  • Holiday Traveling

December 2 - Director's Updates

  • Continuation of State of Emergency and what to do if there are any symptoms.
  • Parent-Director Open Forum
  • Holiday Traveling

November 25 - Director's Updates

  • Curfews, traveling between Concelhos, and Holiday Travel
  • Parent-Director Open Forum
  • MSA Survey Results

November 18 - Director's Updates

  • State of Emergency and doing our part
  • Giving Thanks and recognizing the positives in our lives
  • Gratefulness Video by Secondary Students and Banco Alimentar

November 11 - Director's Updates

  • Masks on campus
  • Banco Alimentar and campaign at CAISL
  • Curfew for "State of Emergency"
  • Optimism and the "Stockdale Paradox"

November 4th - Director's Updates

  • Portugal in "State of calamity"
  • The schools' situation

October 27th - Director's Updates

  • Travel restrictions for All Saints Weekend
  • Pandemic fatigue, virus mitigation efforts, and "need to know" basis.
  • "Can't children just continue with Class@home until all this is over?"

October 7th - Director's Updates

  • Upcoming events adapted to current health measures
  • Health safety measures in layers

September 30th - Director's Updates

  • Travel outside of Portugal
  • CAISL covid-19 flowchart

September 23rd - Director's Updates

  • Heading into Fall and Winter
  • Infection Rates
  • Keeping up with Precautionary absences

September 16th - Director's Updates

  • Rumor (and Emotion) Control
  • Calendar changes approved by the Board of Trustees
  • Thank you to Parents

September 9th - Director's Updates

  • Calendar changes under consideration and half day turning into a full day
  • Breaking Bubbles
  • Open Houses

September 2nd - Welcome Back

  • Welcome Back to returning families
  • Arrival and Departure challenges and how to overcome.
  • CAISL steps at Virus Mitigation

August 26th - Start of the School Year

  • Details regarding the essentials for the start of the school year.

August 11th - Student Laptop pick-up & more on School Start

  • Laptop pick-up for students between Grades 3 and 12
  • "Bubble" class placement

August 4th - A Look Ahead to September 2020

  • an early plan for classes' start safely on campus

June 17th - 20th and FINAL Notice of the 19/20 School Year

  • Thank you to Parents
  • Situation in Portugal
  • Closing the 2019-2020 School Year
  • Starting the 2020-2021 School Year

(To access previous notices, please go to the parent portal)

School Year 2020-2021

Learn any new information about this school year:

During the school year 2019-2020

Learn about our community during last year - CAISL was always connected!

  • For members within our community, please login here.
  • For members outside of our community, follow this link. Due to privacy reasons, we cannot grant access to the photos, but you can still browse through comments.

  • Middle Schoolers put together some focus time guides. Listen to them below:

School Logo showing changes due to COVID

Useful Links

If you or your child develops any of the symptoms (there is even the most minimal fever or if a cough develops), you are advised to call 808 24 24 24 (SNS24) for advice and to report your condition. (You will hear an options menu in Portuguese. Click "1 "and we have been assured that you will get a person who can speak English.) Also, please let us know (

PhD students at the Champalimaud Foundation decided to create an online document to centralize information and keep updating the measures the Portuguese Government is implementing - translated to English. Please note this is not an official document, it is a volunteering service from PhD students. Thank you to them for this service! In their words: “As a big disclaimer, we are trying to be as accurate as we can - if you are following the measures, let us know if we have made any mistakes, and or if you want to help, just drop us an email and we'll add you to the team that edits the document.