Latest Announcement from the Ministry of Education

Covid-19 protocols and guidelines will follow soon.

STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND EMPLOYEES WILL BE COMING TO SCHOOL AS FOLLOWS:

  • Students with a vaccination certificate (for 12 years of age and above) OR with a recovery certificate (within the past six months) OR with a negative self-test declaration form. The self- tests will be performed twice (2) a week, every Tuesday and Friday, up until 24 hours prior to entering campus.
  • Teachers with a vaccination certificate OR with a recovery certificate (within the past six months) OR a negative laboratory test (rapid or PCR), which will be performed twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) under the financial responsibility of the employee.

IN CASE OF A COVID-19 LABORATORY CONFIRMED CASE:

  • 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.

REGARDING CLOSE CONTACTS:

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 of the laboratory (rapid) testing).

  • For VACCINATED students and teachers of the classroom where the confirmed case was found:

    - Two (2) self-tests regardless of where they sit in the classroom.

» The above-mentioned confirmatory testing is provided free of charge at the National Public Health Organization (EODY) checkpoints. The goal of increased testing is to ensure the face-to-face operation of the school.

» The COVID-19 protocol for suspected or confirmed cases will follow soon with details regarding close contacts and confirmed cases guidelines

» 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.

Protocol and guidelines for suspected/confirmed cases of COVID-19 for faculty members and students

{Last update: September 14th, 2021)

PERSON IN CHARGE OF HANDLING COVID-19 CASES @ ACS Athens: The Head Nurse (Ms. Athina Gargali) is assigned to be in charge of handling cases of COVID-19 in the school. If she is not available, the School Nurse (Mr. Konstantinos Kontos) will replace her. The Principals in cooperation with the Health Office will be in charge of the required contact tracing. 

COVID-19 CASE(S) MANAGEMENT 

SUSPECTED CASES

a) Students with symptoms compatible to COVID-19 infection.

If a student experiences any symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection outside of school hours, the parents/guardians must keep the student home, seek medical evaluation and inform the Health Center and Citizenship Office.

If a student experiences any symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection during school hours, he/she MUST come to the Health Center. The parents will be notified to pick the student up from school. In case he/she needs to stay for a short period of time at school, the student will be requested to wear a medical mask and will be escorted to the assigned room for suspected cases. The Nurse who will supervise the assigned room will be wearing the appropriate protective equipment (medical mask, gloves, face shield, and a disposable gown) and the assigned room will be disinfected after the student leaves the school premises..

The parents will be requested to seek medical evaluation immediately. Upon physician’s evaluation, if the symptoms are deemed compatible with COVID-19 infection, the COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) must be considered a priority and done immediately. It is noted that in this case the self-test is NOT recommended. While waiting for the results, the student should be quarantined at home, in a well-ventilated room. The school will continue to operate as normal.  If for any reason, the student does NOT get tested despite the recommendations, he/she MUST not attend school for 10 days since the onset of the symptoms and until 3 fever-free days have passed (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and his/her symptoms are in remission.  For the student to return to school, the existing self-testing procedure must be followed. 

If the physician considers the symptoms NOT to be compatible with COVID-19 infection and has a different diagnosis, the student may return to school 24 hours after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and when the symptoms are in remission or the health issue (not COVID-19 related) is gone. A doctor’s note is not required in order to return to school. 

b) Faculty and staff members with symptoms compatible to COVID-19 infection

If a faculty member experiences symptoms compatible with a COVID-19 infection outside of school hours, he/she MUST inform the supervisor, the Health Center, and stay home.

If a faculty member experiences symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection during school hours, he/she MUST come to the Health Center, inform the supervisor, and leave school. 

The staff member(s) will be requested to seek medical evaluation immediately. Upon physician’s evaluation, if the symptoms are deemed compatible with COVID-19 infection, the COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) must be considered a priority and done immediately. 

While waiting for the results, the staff member should be quarantined at home, in a well-ventilated room. The school will continue to operate as normal.

CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES (POSITIVE TESTS) – IMMEDIATE ACTIONS

The parent/guardian or the faculty member informs the School Nurse, Principal/Supervisor, and the Hellenic National Public Health Organization (NPHO/EODY) immediately.

The person in charge of handling COVID-19 cases will inform the families and the appropriate departments and send the tracing lists on the same day (School Task Force, Public Health Office, Civil Protection, and Primary/Secondary Education Office).

The public health office will be in communication with EODY (NPHO) in order to start the tracing process and perform a risk assessment in order to make the final decision for a possible grade level closure if laboratory-confirmed cases are detected in 50% 1 of its students.

Guidelines for COVID-19 confirmed cases:

The student or faculty member MUST leave school and stay isolated at home for at least 10 days. The student/faculty member will isolate at home unless he/she needs to be hospitalized. During the self-isolation period, the student or faculty member who tested positive must:

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.)

Strictly avoid any contact with vulnerable people who belong to high-risk groups and are susceptible to getting seriously sick.

Take all protective measures during contact with other family members. Remain in a separate room and use a different bathroom (if possible) and must strictly have 1.5 meters distance from one another and all family members must wear masks. Hand hygiene, good ventilation, and thorough cleaning with detergent in communal spaces must be practiced for all family members.

Return to school: individuals with confirmed COVID-19 infection 

The student/faculty member may return to school 3 days after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND at least 10 days after the onset of his/her symptoms AND after the remission of his/her symptoms. In cases where the student/faculty member suffers from a severe illness or is immune suppressed, the required time from the onset of the symptoms can be up to 20 days, depending on the physician’s evaluation.

A second test or a doctor’s note is NOT required in order to return to school.

If the parent or faculty member chooses to have a second test and the student/faculty member is found positive again, the child/faculty member may return to school only if the above-mentioned requirements are met (10 days after the onset of the symptoms, three (3) days fever free without the use of medication and symptoms MUST be in remission). This may happen because the virus can be detected with the molecular test for a long period of time after recovery, regardless of the fact that the person is not considered contagious.

The confirmed case isolation period is connected with the “transmission period”, meaning the time that a person is considered contagious and can transmit the virus to others. For typical COVID-19 cases, a person is considered contagious 48 hours PRIOR to the onset of the symptoms and up to 10 days after that.

Upon completion of the recommended quarantine, the student/faculty member is exempted from the systematic preventative self-testing for students, laboratory testing for faculty members process for six (6) months. 

IN CASE THE COVID-19 TEST OF THE SUSPECTED CASE IS NEGATIVE:

If the test result is NEGATIVE, the student/faculty member may return to school 24 hours after the fever has subsided, without the use of fever-reducing medication and his/her other symptoms are in remission as this is the appropriate period of recovering from common respiratory infections.  

A doctor’s note is not required in order to return to school. 

WHILE WAITING FOR THE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS:

The suspected case remains at home in self-isolation.

Close contacts of the suspected case can come to school under the instruction to closely monitor their health. The class/grade level operates normally.

DEFINITION OF CLOSE CONTACTS of a confirmed case in schools: 

The key to determining the close contacts of a confirmed case is the transmission period of the virus, meaning the time period consisting of 48 hours PRIOR to the onset of the symptoms and up to 10 days AFTER the onset of the symptoms. Generally, close contacts in school are:

  1. Students who belong in the same class with the student that was found positive with the virus, during the transmission period (48 hours and up to 10 days after the onset of the symptoms), if they were present in class during the transmission period.
  2. Students who are in a different grade but were in the same class with the student that tested positive for 2 academic hours (90 minutes) in total (not necessarily consecutive) during the transmission period (48 hours and up to 10 days after the onset of the symptoms).
  3. Students who were in the same class with a teacher for 2 academic hours (90 minutes) in total (not necessarily consecutive) that was found positive with the virus, during the transmission period (48 hours) and teachers who were in the same class with a student for 2 academic hours (90 minutes) in total (not necessarily consecutive) that was found positive with the virus, during the transmission period (48 hours).
  4. Students, teachers, or faculty members who had face to face contact with a confirmed case (during the transmission period), meaning they had contact at a distance less than 1.5 meters, for more than 15 minutes AND without the proper use of a face mask (for one or both of them) 48 hours PRIOR to the onset of the symptoms and 10 days after in an indoor or outdoor space in the school, including recess, physical education or any other activity in school.
  5. Students, teachers, or faculty members who had direct physical contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without symptoms) during the transmission period.
  6. Students, teachers, or faculty members who had unprotected direct contact with respiratory or other infectious secretions of a confirmed case (with or without symptoms) during the transmission period without taking the appropriate precautionary measures.
  7. Students or faculty members who during the 48 hours prior to the onset of the symptoms, were transported to or from school together in the same bus, taxi, or similar private vehicle.

THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF HANDLING CASES OF COVID-19 AT SCHOOL, MUST IDENTIFY AND RECORD THE NAMES OF ALL THE CLOSE CONTACTS OF A CONFIRMED CASE AS DEFINED BY THE ABOVE DESCRIPTIONS.

These students can continue their activities and NOT be placed in quarantine under the following conditions:

1. If they are UNVACCINATED students or faculty members, or without a recovery certificate (within the past 6 months), they must do 2 additional laboratory antigen testing rapid tests (which will be provided free of charge in Public Primary Health Centers) in a period of 7 days after their last contact with the confirmed case IN ADDITION to the two mandatory preventive systematic checks (self-tests) for students and laboratory testing for faculty members that are already required.   Rapid testing in private facilities, under the financial responsibility of the individual, is also acceptable.

More specifically:

  • The day of the last contact with the confirmed case is considered day zero (0). 
  • Day zero (0) to day one (1), rapid tests will be performed 
  • Days three (3) and five (5), the systematic preventative self-tests for students and rapid tests for faculty will be performed
  • Day seven (7) after the last contact with the confirmed case, rapid tests for students and faculty will be performed

All absences for close contacts (students and faculty members) due to laboratory testing will be excused. Close contacts must present a document from the Principal to the health facilities, stating that they are considered close contacts in order to do the diagnostic testing. 

Close contacts must carry on them the results of the laboratory tests and the person in charge of handling COVID-19 cases will enter the results in the tracing form. 

After the seven (7) day period of systematic testing, ASYMPTOMATIC close contacts with negative test results, return to the systematic self-testing process (2 self-tests per week for students and 2 rapid tests per week for faculty members).

2. UNVACCINATED students or students without a RECOVERY CERTIFICATE who are: 

- in the same class  for one academic hour (45 minutes) during the transmission period with a confirmed case and who were transported to or from school together in the same bus, taxi, or similar private vehicle AND were sitting near and more specifically: on the next seat of the same desk, in the front of the rear desk, in the desk left or right to (if there is one and if the distance between them is smaller than 1.5 meters), on the next seat or the corresponding seat of the front or back row of the confirmed case in the school bus MUST do rapid testing on days zero (0) to one (1) and seven (7), since their last contact with the case as well as to daily self-testing in between the days that the rapid tests are performed.

More specifically:

  • Day zero (0) to day one (1)??rapid test
  • Days two (2), three (3), four(4) ,five(5) and six (6) ?? self-tests (five in total)
  • Day seven (7)?? rapid test

3. UNVACCINATED students/faculty members or students/faculty members without a recovery certificate, who are close contacts and live in the same house with the confirmed case, due to the continuous and high-risk exposure MUST QUARANTINE FOR 10 DAYS from the last contact with the confirmed case and return to school on the 11th day and if they remain ASYMPTOMATIC and if they have a negative laboratory test result (rapid or PCR) performed on the 10th day. The close contacts will still have to strictly follow the measures of self-protection and closely monitor their health for possible symptoms until the passing of 14 days. If the test is positive the established protocol for the isolation of COVID-19 cases is followed without the requirement of a repeat test.

B) If students/faculty members are FULLY VACCINATED or if they have a RECOVERY CERTIFICATE (within 6 months), they must do two self-tests a week, and more specifically on day zero (0) to day one (1) and one on day seven (7) after the last contact with the confirmed case. After the seven (7) day period of the self-testing has passed and if they remain ASYMPTOMATIC, they are NOT required to do the self-tests anymore.

In both cases mentioned above (unvaccinated or vaccinated/recovered), in case of a positive laboratory test, the student/faculty member is treated as a positive case and the established procedures of isolation and handling of a confirmed COVID-19 case must be followed. In case of a positive self-test, confirmation via laboratory testing is required (rapid or PCR). 

MANAGEMENT OF MULTIPLE COVID-19 CASES IN SCHOOL

In cases of two (2) or more confirmed cases within 14 days, the above-mentioned protocols are followed.

In a surge of COVID-19 cases (a surge includes laboratory-confirmed cases with epidemiological connection and indications of in-school transmission, within 14 days without indication of out-of-school transmission), an epidemiological investigation will be conducted by EODY, and risk assessment will be done.

  1. If an epidemiolocal link between the cases is not found, the grade/school/class operates as normal with consistent and systematic implementation of the protective measures.
  2. If there is an epidemiological link between the confirmed cases and indications of in-school transmission, the main factor to be considered for determining the suspension of operation of the class, is the number of the confirmed cases to be 50% plus 1 of the total of the class population.

EXEMPTION FROM THE SYSTEMATIC PREVENTIVE TESTING (self-tests for students /rapid tests for faculty)

Students or faculty members who are laboratory-confirmed cases are exempted from the systematic preventive testing for 6 months. It is reminded that in case they develop symptoms compatible with the COVID-19 infection, laboratory testing (rapid or PCR) must be performed.

Children with underlying health conditions who should refrain from coming to school and practice virtual learning according to the national health organization of Greece

*The guidelines are established by the National Public Health Organization of Greece (EODY)*

Scientific data regarding the risk children with underlying health conditions face from contracting the new coronavirus are limited as this is a newly discovered virus. The following guidelines might be modified in the future as the knowledge of SARS-Cov-2 infection increases depending on the epidemiological data. In any case, the decision on long-term absenteeism from school, should be made individually with careful weighing of each child's health status by their treating physician and in collaboration with the family.

  1. Children receiving chemotherapy for malignancy or after hematopoietic cell transplantation if less than 6 months have passed after the treatment’s completion.
  2. Children after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation if less than 12 months have passed.
  3. Children after a solid organ transplant if less than 24 months have passed. 
  4. Children with sickle cell disease.
  5. Children with severe congenital or acquired immunodeficiency (HIV and CD4<500).
  6. Children under chronic cortisone therapy (prednisolone> 20mg / day).
  7. Children with severe chronic kidney disease or kidney failure.
  8. Children with hemodynamically significant congenital heart disease or known cardiomyopathy.
  9. Children with chronic and severe lung disease, such as cystic fibrosis with respiratory failure or children with severe and uncontrolled asthma.
  10. Children with metabolic or neurologic disorders. 
 

** A doctor's note is required in order to excuse the child's physical absence in the school. *

Daily Symptoms Screening Questionnaire for Quarantine

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