Coronavirus: News & impact on our UWCEA community - Click Here


This page has been created to carry announcements and information that may benefit the UWCEA community regarding the pandemic of Covid-19, and will be updated whenever new information is available.

This page was last updated on 23 September 2020

UWCEA School Year 2020/21

UWCEA has developed its own Covid-19 Guidelines which are currently in place for this school year. The school has also published a daily Screening Procedure for all students and employees, as well as procedures to follow in the case of a suspected Covid-19 patient in the school.
School is open and classes are progressing as normal. The School is working with medical professionals and the wider UWC movement to continuously evaluate the situation.
No official data on Covid19 in mainland Tanzania has been published for over 6 months since the last official statement on 29th April 2020.


Travellers should read the Tanzania travel advisory below which mainly states that there is no quarantine for arrivals in Tanzania unless you display symptoms of coronavirus upon arrival. Most travellers do not need to carry an official Covid19 clearance certificate. Screening procedures will be conducted on arrival.
This page aims to give information to our community. If you can help with relevant, verified information on the coronavirus outbreak that is pertinent to Tanzania and/or our UWCEA community, please send it to

UWCEA Screening Checklist

COVID-19 Residential Self-Screening Checklist

For M3-D2 students, this screening should be done by the student every morning before leaving the Residential House. For M1-M2 students, this should be confirmed by the Residential Parent.

Please answer the following questions:
1. Do you have a fever, do you feel warm, or feel chills?
2. Do you have any of the following symptoms: dry cough, respiratory distress or shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell?
3. Have you had recent close contact with a suspected or known COVID-19 patient or spent longer than 15 minutes within 1m of someone who was sick with a fever and cough?

If the answer is YES to any of these questions, please contact the school nurse who will inform the SMOD.

If the answer is NO to these questions, please continue to class.

If you develop any of the symptoms listed above during the school day, please report to the school nurse immediately.

UWCEA Covid-19 Guidelines

UWC East Africa COVID-19 Guidelines


UWC East Africa COVID-19 Guidelines are based on research and school best practice including input from UWC International meetings and expert personnel and have been adapted to best fit our climate and campuses here in Tanzania.

General guidelines

1. Students and staff who are well (healthy) should attend school every day.
2. Symptom self-screening checklist for secondary residential students (residential parent screening for primary students) and parental screening for day students. Checklist will be provided for all students.
3. Students and staff with underlying health issues should report these. For staff to the Head of Campus. For students, parents need to update the medical forms with this information.
4. If any students, parents or staff - or anyone they live with - develop coronavirus symptoms, they will be asked to stay away from school until they experience four symptom-free days.
5. Facemasks permitted but not required.

School and classroom setup guidelines

6. Hand washing stations at the entrance and across the campuses for all students as they enter.
7. Keep classroom doors and windows open to encourage air flow.
8. Students and staff are reminded to respect appropriate social distancing where possible.
9. As much outdoor teaching as possible.
10. Assemblies to be held outdoors where possible. Whole-school, indoor events postponed.
11. Timetable and room allocation manipulated to minimize student movement.
12. All students and staff will be required to hand wash regularly. At least every time they arrive and depart from the classroom.
13. Hand sanitizer/soap and water are available in every, to be used at every class change.
14. Staggered meal times will be implemented, making use of indoor and outdoor spaces.
15. Housekeeping to disinfect classroom surfaces and door handles regularly, at least twice a day.

Activity guidelines

16. Excursions/OP to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis after risk assessment.
17. External CAS partnerships to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis after risk assessment.
18. Sporting events and PE to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis after risk assessment.
19. Class trips will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis after risk assessment.

Guidelines for visitors

20. Hand washing stations at the entrance of the school for all visitors.
21. Visitors should only enter school buildings by appointment.
22. All delivery vehicles will be stopped at the gate. Where possible offloading will take place at the gate.

UWCEA: Covid-19 cases Procedure

Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Case on Campus

Employees and students who test positive for COVID-19 will require a quarantine period. This may extend to employees and students who are symptomatic of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who is positive or symptomatic for COVID-19. Guidelines around this will likely evolve as we learn more about the virus. The following is what is currently recommended from health professionals.

Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Employees and day students who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed on campus and will be required to quarantine for 10 days. Residential students will be confined to the designated isolation area for each campus. Roommates of a confirmed case will be isolated and monitored by medical staff. Access back to campus will require a doctor's note stating the individual is no longer contagious.

Close Contact with a Confirmed COVID-19 Case

Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case needs to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. The WHO defines close contact as the following:
A contact is defined as anyone with the following exposures to a COVID-19 case, from 2 days before to 14 days after the case's onset of illness:

  • Being within 1 metre of a COVID-19 case for >15 minutes;
  • Direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case
  • Anyone living in the household

This would also apply to any close contact outside of school, including immediate family members, household help, and any other extended family members and/or friends.
UWC East Africa's measures at school are structured to purposely limit the amount of close contact any one individual has with another. Areas used by a confirmed COVID-19 case will be closed off for a deep-cleaning. In most cases, closure of campus for a positive case will not be necessary. The decision to close a portion of campus (class, grade level, and/or programme) or all of the campus and move to distance learning will be context-specific and in collaboration with health professionals.

Suspected Case of COVID-19

When an employee or day student appears to be sick, displays symptoms of COVID-19, such as persistent dry cough, high fever, respiratory distress, or shortness of breath the individual will not be allowed on campus. If the individual is already on campus when symptoms present, he/she will be sent home and will need to consult with a medical professional. A residential student who displays these symptoms will be evaluated by the school's medical professionals. Any employee or student who presents COVID-19 symptoms cannot return to class until 48 hours after symptoms end and will require a doctor's note to return.

Confounding Variables

Common cold, influenza (flu), and a host of other common illnesses have symptoms similar to COVID-19. Without a confirmed COVID-19 test, it will be virtually impossible to tell the difference between what illness an employee or student has. Currently, children with no comorbidities are not considered high-risk, and therefore testing is limited in this age group, unless significant symptoms develop. With all this in mind, it will likely be difficult for the school to determine which suspected cases are COVID-19 and which are not. We will require parents to inform the school of any confirmed or suspected cases, we will track internally, and we will notify parents of any pertinent developments.

Tanzania Travel Advisory No.5

The most recent Tanzania travel advisory was published on 5th August. It confirms that there is no automatic quarantine for travellers, nor are any Covid-19 certificates required for most travellers. Screening will take place on arrival and travellers showing signs or symptoms may be required to quarantine.

Read the full travel advisory here (in English)

IB Covid19 Updates

The International Baccalaureate (IB) announces all Covid-19 related issues on its webpage at

IST Clinic Advice (Dar)

In March 2020, the IST Clinic in Dar es Salaam published guidelines regarding Covid-19. You may find these helpful here:
IST Clinic - Information on Covid-19

Aga Khan Hospital (Dar) - Covid19

Yale Social Distancing Study

The Yale Social Distancing Study, published in April 2020, is subtitled "Should Low Income Countries impose social-distancing like Europe or USA?". Their findings are very pertinent to our situation here in Tanzania.

Read the full study here

Government Documents re Covid-19

The Tanzanian and Zanzibar governments have published a number of documents and advisories since the Covid-19 pandemic began. This list shows which documents are available on our website:

Aug 5: Travel Advisory No. 5 (Eng)

Jul 20: Travel Advisory No. 4 (Eng)

May 18: Travel Advisory No. 3 (Eng)

Apr 4: Travel Advisory No. 2 (Eng)

Mar 23: Travel Advisory No. 1 (Eng)

Apr 24: Immigration Statement (Eng)

Apr 2: Immigration Statement (Eng)

Jun 28: Student Face Masks (Swa)

Jun 26: School Fees Payment (Swa)

Jun 26: School Fees Payment (Eng)

May 27: Guide for Schools (Swa)

May 27: Guide for Schools (Eng)

Mar 2020: Standard Operating Procedures (Eng)

Admission and Discharge Criteria (Eng)

Jan 2020: Guidelines for Clinical Management (Eng)

May 7: Ministry of Health Zanzibar (Swa)

May 6: Ministry of Health Zanzibar (Swa)

May 3: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 29: Office of the Prime Minister (Swa)

Apr 29: Office of the Prime Minister (Eng)

Apr 28: Ministry of Health Zanzibar (Swa)

Apr 24: Ministry of Health Zanzibar (Swa)

Apr 22: Office of the Prime Minister (Swa)

Apr 22: Office of the Prime Minister (Eng)

Apr 22: Ministry of Health Zanzibar (Swa)

Apr 20: Ministry of Health Zanzibar (Swa)

Apr 19: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 18: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 17: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 16: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 16: Muhimbili Hospital (Swa)

Apr 15: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 14: Office of the Prime Minister (Swa)

Apr 14: Office of the Prime Minister (Eng)

Apr 13: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 10: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 10: Ministry of Health (Eng)

Apr 8: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 7: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 6: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 6: Ministry of Health (Eng)

Apr 4: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Apr 4: Ministry of Health (Eng)

Apr 1: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Mar 31: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Mar 30: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Mar 26: Ministry of Health (Swa)

Mar 26: Ministry of Health (Eng)

Mar 24: Quarantine Guidelines (Eng)

Mar 23: Quarantine Hotels - Arusha

Mar 23: Quarantine Hotels - Dar

Mar 23: Zanzibar Regulations (Swa)

Mar 21: Zanzibar Airports Authority (Eng)

Director's Messages

This archive stores the Director of UWCEA's message to the community since the Covid19 pandemic began.

August 15th

August 2nd

July 28th

April 15th

April 9th

March 26th

March 22nd

March 19th

March 18th

March 17th