Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occur in schools and clusters have been reported in all types of school settings (preschool, primary and secondary school). Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in schools appears to be affected by how widespread the virus is in the broader community.
Most children do not develop symptoms when infected with the virus, or they develop a very mild form of the disease. However, research has shown that children can become infected, and can spread the virus to other children and adults while they are infectious.
While the Delta variant and other identified SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern appear to be more transmissible in both children and adults than previous variants, children do not appear to be more likely to be infected with or transmit the Delta variant.
As in other confined spaces, important measures for schools are:
- physical distancing
- improved ventilation
- promotion of ‘stay-at-home’ when sick policies
- promotion of respiratory etiquette
- regular handwashing
- use of masks when feasible (considerations may differ by age of the child).
Physical distancing can be achieved by:
- grouping classes and groups based on infection risk and status (i.e. cohorting)
- ensuring physical distance in the classroom (e.g., separating tables)
- reducing class sizes
- staggering arrival times as well as meal and break times
- holding classes outdoors.
Physical distancing measures should aim to decrease the number of individuals and contacts in tight or closed places whilst ensuring schooling can take place.
These measures may reduce the spread of the virus in schools and also help to lessen the impact of other respiratory infections.
If a child becomes ill with COVID-19-like symptoms (cough, fever, fatigue, etc.), parents should keep the child at home, inform the School Nurse, the Citizenship’s office and seek advice from a healthcare provider, along the lines of national recommendations.
A 10-day quarantine is mandatory for the positive case, regardless of the vaccination status. Specifically:
- The student or faculty member MUST leave school and quarantine at home for at least 10 days and refrain from any after-school activities or other unnecessary out-of-home movements or having contact with people from outside of their home (i.e. walks, meeting friends, etc.)
- The student/faculty member may return to school at least ten (10) days after the onset of the symptoms AND three (3) days after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND the symptoms must be in remission. A doctor’s note is NOT required in order to return to school.
The COVID-19 protocol for suspected or confirmed cases will follow soon with details regarding close contacts and confirmed cases guidelines.
No, quarantine is NOT mandatory. Two self-tests must be performed in a 7-day period time for vaccinated students regardless of where they sit in the classroom.
No, quarantine is NOT mandatory. Increased laboratory testing will take place for a period of seven (7) days as follows:
For UNVACCINATED students and teachers of the classroom where the confirmed case was found:
- Two (2) laboratory rapid tests- additional to the regular testing
- If the students sat next OR in front OR in the back desk from the confirmed case, they will undergo daily self-testing (except the two (2) days who will undergo the laboratory (rapid) testing).
A school class will suspend its face-to-face operation and online learning will be provided when laboratory-confirmed cases are detected in 50% 1 of its students.
For unvaccinated students, documentation of a negative self-test (up to 24 hours prior) twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays is required.
For fully vaccinated students or students with a recovery certification (up to 6 months prior), self-tests are NOT required.
You have to visit the pharmacy and get free self-tests using your child’s Social Security Number (AMKA Number). If you do not have an AMKA number, you have to visit the nearest Citizenship Office (KEP) in order to issue a temporary AMKA number (PAMKA).
No, vaccination is not mandatory for children.
Yes, if he or she is age 12 or older. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for several COVID-19 vaccines The EUA means that these organizations have reviewed clinical trials data and determined that the vaccine is safe and effective. Currently, the Pfizer COVID-19 is authorized for use in kids ages 12 to 17.
You enter https://emvolio.gov.gr/en. For children without a Social Security Number (AMKA), the Greek government is now issuing temporary AMKA numbers in order to facilitate vaccination. Individuals without AMKA who believe they qualify for the current phase of vaccination in Greece may enter their personal data at https://emvolio.gov.gr/en/pamka to request a temporary AMKA number needed to obtain a vaccination appointment. Individuals may request a temporary AMKA number through a Citizens’ Service Center (KEP) as well.
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks (14 days) after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
According to the authorities' latest updates, mask use is mandatory at all times by students, faculty, and staff in all indoor spaces.
Unless there is a directive from local authorities that physical attendance is optional for students, all students must attend classes on campus and regular attendance policies apply. Should there be a special health circumstance, appropriate documentation must be presented to the school administration.
No, this is no longer required.
Due to the measures safeguarding health and safety in our campus related to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are not allowed on the ACS Athens as walk-ins or unannounced visits.
Any visitors that must enter our campus for essential reasons, must:
- present a digital or hard copy certificate of vaccination 14 days following the date of the second vaccination in a 2-dose series and 14 days after a single dose vaccine.
- OR Certificate of recovery OR have a negative self test document
- Masks must be worn at all times indoors.
Visitors (including parents) must complete a form before entering the campus. In case of emergency walk-ins, the form will be given to the visitors by the receptionist.
Masks and physical distancing are mandatory.
At this point we do not have any directives about the cafeteria. More information will be provided prior to school opening.
More updates will be provided prior to the beginning of the school year.
To view the protocol please click here.
During the first few days of school, and regularly after that, our teachers and health personnel will provide specific instructions to all of our students. Visual materials will also be available throughout the campus.
Our daily cleaning services schedule of the entire campus has increased, including the cleaning of commonly used surfaces and shared spaces. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed around the campus; all those entering the campus will be asked to sanitize their hands and all students will be guided to practice hand sanitizing and other hygiene habits throughout the day.
Athletics and all our co-curricular activities are a fundamental component of the holistic education at ACS Athens. Once clearance is provided by the authorities, sports, recreational activities & co-curricular activities will take place with all necessary safety precautions.
The Tennis Academy Program operates according to the authorities' protocols & guidelines.