Dear ASP Parents,
COVID-19 cases are rising across Europe, and these are accompanied with increased hospitalizations of school-age children. At ASP, we are continuing to see an uptick in positive cases in our student community. While we are confident that the current situation is manageable, we do not believe it is in the best interest of the community to relax our COVID-19 protocols at this time.
Please take extra care to limit opportunities for infection while off campus, such as birthday parties, sleepovers, social gatherings indoors where masks are not worn, and other high-risk activities.
Current Student Community Cases
In order to reduce the risk of infection, we are canceling or postponing until January the following activities:
- All Lower School sports (Basketball, Golf, Pickleball, Yoga, Running Club, Fun Club, Tennis, including tomorrow's BSP soccer game)
- All Lower School clubs - please reach out to Dan Kerr if your child is in private music lessons
- All Middle School sports (Basketball, Flag Football, and Swim)
- All Upper School sports (Grades 9 and 10 Basketball, Swim, and Rugby)
- All Upper School clubs except homework club
There are currently too many new COVID-19 cases in Lower School to continue offering after-school activities. Due to the current low number of COVID-19 cases in Middle School, we are able to offer these clubs as planned.
All Upper School students must leave campus after school unless they have a confirmed meeting with a college counselor or teacher, or are attending the supervised homework club. All other Upper School clubs are canceled because club supervision ends at 4:20 p.m. and students are not permitted to be unsupervised on campus until the 5:15 p.m. bus service.
The 6:30 p.m. bus service is canceled through the end of the calendar year (December 17) except on Tuesday, December 7 to accommodate the Middle School Winter Concert.
Tests Required for Critical Contacts returning to School
In all cases, a COVID-19 test is required to return to school after quarantine. The test must be either a PCR test (nasal-pharyngeal or saliva), or a Rapid Antigen test, done at either a laboratory or a pharmacy. Home tests (auto-tests) are not authorized in the case of critical contacts.
If a positive case is confirmed in a class, the whole class must revert to distance learning for 7 days. This protocol will remain in effect until further notice; we plan to review it in mid-January, and will alert you to any relevant changes.
Positive Cases in Lower School
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for 10 days. At the end of the 10 day isolation, there is NO need to get tested again. As long as your child has been symptom free for at least 48 hours, they may return to school.
Critical Contacts in the Lower School
- If your child is a critical contact, you will be asked to pick your child up from campus ASAP. This is due to increased risk of spreading the virus during recess and lunch times.
- All students identified as critical contacts must quarantine for 7 days, and the class will shift to distance learning.
- Students identified as critical contacts must take a test (antigen or PCR, as above) as soon as they are identified as critical contacts (Day 0), and 7 days after their last contact to the positive case (Day 7). Students may return to school after 7 days only if they provide a negative COVID-19 test result, uploaded to PowerSchool.
If your child does not receive a test on day 7 from the last contact with the positive case, then they must remain at home for an additional 7 days.
If your Lower School child was identified as a critical contact and tests positive for COVID-19, they become a "confirmed case" and you must inform the Nurses and Mr. Kerr. Then, your child must stay home and isolate for 10 days.
MIDDLE SCHOOL & UPPER SCHOOL
If a positive case is confirmed, our Nurses and school Administration conduct a rigorous process of identifying critical contacts of the case. Typically, critical contacts will be from after school encounters, during lunch, recess, etc.
Positive Cases in Middle School and Upper School
When a positive case is reported, this person must remain at home and in isolation for 10 days.
Critical Contacts in the Middle and Upper School
All critical contacts* will be asked to leave school via parent pickup or, for Upper School, public transportation. All critical contacts* must get tested (antigen or PCR, as above) on that day and on day 7 after the last exposure to the COVID-19 positive person.
*If the critical contact has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in the previous two months then a test is not necessary. They will not be asked to leave the campus.
Quarantine and Testing in the Middle and Upper School
The quarantine and testing requirements for Middle and Upper School students depend on their vaccination status. Please see the chart for details.
Positive Cases in the Household (siblings, parents)
If any member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, please contact our nurses immediately. In most cases, all children and adults in the household will be required to quarantine for 7 days and follow the subsequent testing protocol, unless they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 2 months. Our Nurses will work with your family on a case-by-case basis to ensure that you have a clear understanding of quarantine and testing for your specific situation.
Thank you for your understanding and collaboration as we make this final push toward inter break. Our sincere hope is that we can maintain on-campus learning for as many children as possible during this time, while continuing to protect and prioritize the health of our community.
Head of School
OUR MISSION: The American School of Paris is a vibrant, international, family-oriented community. Our mission is to inspire and prepare every student to achieve personal and academic excellence as an engaged global citizen by providing a challenging, innovative program within a compassionate environment.