- In case of a positive self-test, the student must NOT come to school. Confirmation with a laboratory test (rapid or PCR) is required.
- In case of a laboratory confirmed case, the Health Office and the Administration Team (Principal and Citizenship Coordinator) of each school must be informed immediately.
At the suggestion of the Committee of Experts, the operation protocol of the schools is updated to meet the needs of the new phase of the pandemic and the characteristics of the transmission of the Omicron mutation. Changes to the protocol aim to strengthen and expand the current measures.
In summary, three key changes are foreseen:
An additional self-test is provided for the first week of school for all students and faculty or staff members. Therefore, in the week of January 10-15, three free-of-charge self-tests will be performed instead of two by all students and faculty & staff members. This enhanced screening should be performed 24 hours prior to the beginning of school and aims to limit the spread of the virus, given the increased numbers during the holiday season. At the same time, unvaccinated teachers are required to obtain a self-test at their own expense, in addition to the two regular rapid tests.
The two free-of-charge weekly self-tests will now be performed not only by unvaccinated students but also by vaccinated students and faculty or staff members. This measure aims at the early detection of cases, given the transmissibility of the new mutation of the virus to vaccinated individuals as well and given the current percentage of vaccinated students.
If there is a case in the classroom, we no longer use the "cross" tracing system, (by testing only the students sitting near the case) but we extend the testing to the entire classroom. Now all unvaccinated students will have a free test, every day, for 5 days. Specifically, they will do two rapid tests and a self-test in 5 days, in addition to the two required self-tests per week, so five tests in 5 days. The vaccinated students will do an extra self-test, in addition to their two weekly self-tests, therefore a total of three self-tests per week.
Certificates of vaccination, recovery, negative rapid test, or negative self-test of students attending private schools must be submitted to the self-testing.gov.gr.
The major change is that the two free-of-charge weekly self-tests will now be performed by vaccinated students as well. This measure aims at the early detection of positive cases, given the transmissibility of the new mutation of the virus in vaccinated people as well, and given the current percentage of vaccinated students. The test will be conducted twice a week up to 24 hours prior to school on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Also, an additional self-test is provided for the first week of school after the Winter break - so in the first week, students will be provided three free of charge self-tests. For the first week of school, all self-tests must be done up to 24 hours prior to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, to eliminate the spread of the virus, given the increased number of confirmed cases during the holiday season.
If a student is tested positive, then he or she must be isolated for at least 5 days. Isolation will be discontinued after 5 days if there are no symptoms, or if the symptoms subside (especially fever) and with a negative self-test on day six. If the fever persists or there is a positive self (or rapid) test, isolation will be prolonged.
The necessary documents of the vaccinated faculty/staff members remain the same.
Vaccinated faculty/staff members must do two free of charge self-tests per week. The test will be conducted twice a week (Tuesday and Friday), up to 24 hours before school starts on Tuesdays and Fridays. This measure aims at the early detection of cases, given the transmissibility of the new mutation of the virus in vaccinated individuals as well, and given the current percentage of vaccinated individuals in the schools’ communities.
After the Winter break, and during the first week of school, an additional self-test is provided. Therefore, vaccinated faculty & staff members will be provided three free of charge self-tests. For the first week, self-tests should be done up to 24 hours prior to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays to eliminate the spread of the virus after the increased positive cases during the Winter break. At the same time, unvaccinated faculty and staff members are required to obtain a self-test at their own expense, in addition to their two regular rapid tests.
If a faculty or staff member is diagnosed positive for COVID-19, then he or she will be isolated for at least 5 days. Isolation will be discontinued after 5 days if there are no symptoms, or if the symptoms subside (especially fever) and with a negative self-test and negative laboratory test (rapid or PCR) for unvaccinated teachers. If fever persists or if there is a positive self or rapid test, isolation will be prolonged. After their quarantine, faculty and staff members are required to use a high respiratory protection mask (N95 or KN95 or FFP2) or a double mask for at least another 5 days.
In the event that students or faculty and staff members are a close contact with an individual who has been tested positive outside of school they must do the following:
Faculty or staff members vaccinated (with a booster dose) or faculty or staff members vaccinated with 2 doses in the last 6 months or with one dose of J&J vaccine in the last 2 months, may come to school regularly and perform a laboratory test (rapid or molecular test) on the 5th day after exposure. Faculty and staff members must wear a high respiratory protection mask (N95 or KN95 or FFP2) or a double mask for 10 days after exposure.
Faculty or staff members, vaccinated with 2 doses over 6 months (without booster dose) or with one dose of J&J vaccine over 2 months (without booster dose) or unvaccinated, must remain in isolation for 5 days, and perform a laboratory test (rapid or molecular test) on the 5th day after exposure. After the 5th day, faculty or staff members must use a high respiratory protection mask (N95 or KN95 or FFP2) or a double mask for at least another 5 days.
If the students are vaccinated, then they come to school normally and must do three self-tests on days 0-1, 3, and 5-7.
If the students are unvaccinated, then they remain in isolation for 5 days and perform a self-test on the 5th day after exposure.
Unvaccinated students or faculty and staff members who have become ill in the past three months have the same status as the vaccinated students or faculty/staff respectively.
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.
Please click here to view the Covid-19 most updated protocol including the close contact definition in schools.
No, quarantine is NOT mandatory. Three (3) self-tests must be performed in a 5-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 five (5) 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 and three (3) self-tests.
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.
Yes, unvaccinated/vaccinated students are required to have documentation of a negative self-test (up to 24 hours prior) twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays.
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).
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 and outdoor 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.