Latest Announcement from the Ministry of Education

(Last update: May 3rd, 2022)

  • Face masks are mandatory in indoor and outdoor spaces where there is congestion. Preventative measures such as the use of hand sanitizers, regular ventilation, regular cleaning/disinfection of surfaces and equipment, separate breaks, etc. are still in effect.
  • The weekly preventative self-test is NO longer mandatory for students and staff members.
  • The unvaccinated faculty members will perform one (1) rapid test, at their own expense, 48 hours prior to work every Tuesday. 

Regarding School close contacts:

Vaccinated/recovered/unvaccinated students and faculty members will perform two (2) self-tests; one on Day (0) or Day one (1) and the second self-test on Day four (4). School close contacts are obliged to wear a double mask or a N95/KN95/FFP2 mask for 10 days. 

School close contacts must report the self-test results or complete the self-test verification form before their arrival on campus.

Regarding OUT OF SCHOOL/HOUSEHOLD close contacts:

  • Vaccinated/recovered students may come to school and perform one self-test 5 days from their last contact with the confirmed case. Out-of-school close contacts are obliged to wear a double mask or an N95/KN95/FFP2 mask for 10 days.
  • Unvaccinated students must quarantine at home for 5 days from their last contact with the confirmed case. A self-test must be performed on Day 5 and IF it’s negative and no symptoms are present, the student may return to school on Day 6. If symptoms are present, a laboratory test (rapid or PCR) must be performed. A double mask or an N95/KN95/FFP2 mask is required for 5 days.
  • Unvaccinated faculty members must quarantine at home for 5 days from their last contact with the confirmed case. A laboratory test (rapid or PCR) must be performed on Day 5 and IF it’s negative and no symptoms are present, the faculty member may return to school on Day 6. If symptoms are present, a laboratory test (rapid or PCR) must be performed. A double mask or an N95/KN95/FFP2 mask is required for 5 days.

In case of a COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed case:

  • The student or faculty member must quarantine at home for at least 5 days from the date of the laboratory test, the date of the laboratory test is considered day zero (0.) 
  • The student/faculty member may return to school at least five (5) days after the date of the positive test AND one (1) day after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND the symptoms must be in remission. 
  • If the fever or symptoms persist, the quarantine period will be extended.
  • A KN95/N95/FFP2 or double mask is required for 5 days after the quarantine ends.

Clarifications:

  • School close contacts must report the self-test results or complete the self-test verification form before their arrival on campus;
  • In case a school close contact develops symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection, a laboratory test must be performed (rapid or PCR);
  • 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;
  • If a student develops (mild) cold symptoms, please keep him/her home and consult with your physician for further evaluation.

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

(Last update: May 3rd, 2022)

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 and the Citizenship Coordinators 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 with 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. 

The parents will be requested to seek medical evaluation immediately. Upon a 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 Team in charge of handling COVID-19 cases will inform the families and the appropriate departments and send the tracing lists on the same day or the following day if the notification is received in the evening, in the Public Health Office Department.

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 five(5) days after the onset of the symptoms AND one (1) day after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND the symptoms must be in remission. 

A KN95/N95/FFP2 or double mask is required for 5 days after the quarantine ends.

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 at least 5 days after the date of the positive test. The confirmed case must be fever-free for at least 24 hours, asymptomatic, or his/her symptoms must be significantly improving. 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.

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.

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 as 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 for at least one period (45 minutes) 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 one academic hour (45 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 two (2) academic hours (90 minutes) in total (not necessarily consecutive) that were 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 of 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 under the following condition:

Vaccinated/recovered/unvaccinated students and faculty members will perform two (2) self-tests; one on Day (0) or Day one (1) and the second self-test on Day four (4). School close contacts are obliged to wear a double mask or an N95/KN95/FFP2 mask for 10 days. 

School close contacts must report the self-test results or complete the self-test verification form before their arrival on campus.

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 a school close contact develops symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection, a laboratory test must be performed (rapid or PCR).

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.

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.

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 from school. *
 
** 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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