American School of Paris - 21st Century Campus

ASP COVID-19 Updates


Please regularly check this page for updates from ASP.

Read the detailed instructions for returning to campus after spring break!

View French Government updates regarding travel restrictions and entering France.

Monitoring Your Child's Health

Please observe your child's health closely for any signs of illness including the following: fever (38C/100.4F or higher), cough, difficulty breathing (feels short of breath), sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, upset stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, feeling feverish, chills, generally feeling unwell, excessive fatigue. 
If your child has any of the above symptoms or anything that concerns you, please do not let your child come to school and do consult your doctor as soon as possible for the appropriate treatment and testing.

 

Distance Learning


During the 2020–21 school year, we are prepared to shift to distance learning for individual grades, or entire academic divisions, as the health situation demands. If your child has been shifted to distance learning, you can access our plans by division by clicking below. Each plan includes key information, a Q&A, and any relevant details to guide you and your child during their time off campus. 

 

 

Mask Update


Example of surgical face masks

  • Faculty, staff, and students, from Grade 1–12 must wear a "category 1" or surgical mask, at all times. These masks should say on the label or the box that they are guaranteed to have at least 90% filtration. This box of masks shows the line, "BFE ≥ 98%" indicating a bacterial filtration efficacy of greater than or equal to 98%. Masks should have a BFE of, at least, 90% or greater.

  • The mask pictured about is a single-use category one mask. Masks can be single-use or reusable as long as it has the correct level of filtration efficacy.
  • If children prefer to wear a homemade mask, please have them wear a surgical mask underneath the homemade mask.

 

COVID-19 Protocols at ASP


The following guide outlines how ASP will respond and how families should respond, in the event that a student or other community member has been in close contact or infected with COVID-19. Charting the Path outlines additional protocol in a number of hypothetical situations. 

   

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Please check the below FAQ for regular updates. We will add information, as it becomes available.

COVID-19 CASES



If students are a 'critical contact', they need a negative test result in order to come back to school. Only PCR tests will be accepted, not rapid tests.



Every case is different, and you should consult with your doctor and the school Nurse. Generally, the following will apply: Your child must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date of the test. Follow the instructions you receive from the Assurance Maladie/health department, closely monitor your child's health, and contact your family doctor. Inform the school nurses and child's Division Director. Anyone living under the same roof will be considered a critical contact, meaning that if you have any other children who attend ASP, they may not attend school and must quarantine. In this case, please contact the nurse and your child's Division Director for further instructions.



Call the ASP nurse immediately. Your child will have to stay at home and cannot come to school. Your family doctor should be consulted to determine when the student can return to school. Please see our protocol for a suspected student case or exposure to COVID-19.



Call your doctor and the ASP nurse immediately. Normally, after 7 days of the last contact with the infected person, your child must get a COVID-19 test. If it is negative, the child can return to school. You must show the negative test result to the nurse. If your child was a 'critical contact' of someone at school, parents will be contacted with a phone call to be informed. They will then receive an email with information on what to do next.



If your child has been in critical contact with a child or adult who has been confirmed as having the virus, you will be informed by email with instructions on what steps to take. The name of the infected person is confidential, but the school Nurse and the Division Director will have access to this information to ensure thorough contact tracing. Parents will be kept informed of the general status of confirmed COVID-19 cases through "COVID-19" Update emails and will soon find a grid on the Parent Portal with updated case information.



Please see our protocol for a suspected student case or exposure to COVID-19.


 

HYGIENE AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Yes, parents are required to check the temperature and health of students each day. Use this checklist every day before coming to school.


The largest change for our students will be the implementation of student “bubbles.” Keeping students in these groups reduces the number of interactions with others, helping to manage the possible spread of the virus. We will carefully monitor and record the membership of the groups in order to be able to follow through on local health authority guidance should a COVID-19 outbreak occur on campus. The most difficult group to limit interactions is in the Upper School, so these students must pay heightened attention to all health and safety regulations.



All students, faculty, and staff must sanitize their hands before entering campus or boarding an ASP bus. It is mandatory to wash and sanitize hands before eating and after using the restroom. All classrooms and offices are equipped with hand sanitizer. All Lower School students will sanitize their hands before entering the classroom.



All classrooms, offices, and common areas are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. High touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. All Upper and Middle School students will use disinfecting wipes on their desks and chairs before and after each class.


For the first three weeks of school and until we are clear on the risk levels, students will not have access to lockers or locker rooms and the PAC will not be used for assemblies or large gatherings. Students will not be using changing rooms for PE. On days when children have PE classes, they should be dressed in appropriate shoes and clothing for light exercise.


Certain after-school activities like Lower School Singers and the Lower School musical have been postponed until further notice. In the band and music rooms, the following precautions are in place:

  • Every student uses their own instrument, mouthpiece, reeds, drum sticks and music for the whole year.
  • Every student uses an individual cage in the band room to store their instrument and music (already the case)
  • All instruments had their mouthpieces disinfected and washed at the end of last school year, and all instruments have been checked and cleaned prior to being issued to students this year
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    MASKS


    Yes, all students from Grade 1 and up must wear a mask at all times while on campus except for supervised mask breaks and when they are eating or drinking.


    Yes, all adults must wear masks on campus at all times. Exceptionally, staff members who are in a well ventilated, private office, by themselves may remove their masks.


    All faculty and staff will have a mask provided by ASP but students should bring their own masks to school. It is recommended that students bring two or three masks in a ziplock or paper bag each day. The school also has masks at reception, in Divisional offices, and in the Nurse's office.


      

    CAFETERIA


    The cafeteria is currently open and following strict hygiene protocols. The community room is also used for extra cafeteria space and there are two outdoor weather-proof tents that are currently used as extra dining space to allow for proper social distancing.


      

    ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL


    If you are dropping off your Lower School child on foot, you may enter through the Paris pedestrian gate between 8:30–8:45 a.m., and then go to the doors of the Lower School atrium (near the PAC). You will be met by Lower School teachers who will guide students to their Grade level section of the playground. Students will then go, together by Grade level, to their homerooms at 8:45 a.m.

    Middle and Upper School students should be dropped off via the Garches Gate. If they are walking to campus, they should enter at the Garches Gate. Parents are not permitted on campus, unless to drop off or pick up a Lower School student and they may not enter any buildings (wearing a mask is mandatory for all parents on campus).

    If you are dropping off your Lower School child in a car, you must enter via the Garches Gate, park, and accompany your child to the Lower School atrium by walking on the outside paths. Parents are not permitted to enter any buildings on campus, with the exception of the Building 7 when passing through Reception.



    Upper and Middle School students may enter via the Garches Gate. As described above, Lower School students being dropped off on foot should enter with via the Paris Gate and be taken to the Lower School atrium.




    Our Divisions will have staggered dismissal times. Lower School will begin with Early Childhood (Grades K3–1) dismissing at 3:00 p.m. for buses and parent pick-up, followed by Grades 2 and 3 at 3:10 p.m., and Grades 4 and 5 at 3:15 p.m. Middle School will be dismissed at 3:20 p.m. Upper School will be dismissed at the regular time of 3:30 p.m.



      

    BUSES


    Yes. All students, no matter the age, must wear masks while riding the bus. All parents, guardians, and students must wear masks while at the bus stop.



    The buses will be disinfected on a daily basis. All students must sanitize their hands before boarding the bus. Students will sit in divisional groupings on the bus. The buses will be maintained below full capacity to facilitate distancing. The buses will be well-ventilated. Unfortunately parents will not be allowed to ride the bus this year. At this time, your child many not change buses for play dates, doctors appointments, non-ASP sports/clubs, or for any other temporary reason. If you are moving a new address, please contact Admissions at least 48 hours before you need to change bus stops.



      

    AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, ATHLETICS, AND CLUBS


    This depends on the Government's procedures. We have been able to have after school activities for parts of the year, and have had to put them on hold during others. Please see our athletics protocols.



    The French government has issued new restrictions regarding PE and activities, most of which we already had in place. However, here are the new changes: Students will wear masks for PE and athletics activities, except in specific activities where a 2m distance can be ensured and the activity is outdoors Team games and competitions are no longer allowed during practices Students must bring a change of mask after a PE lesson/sports activity Our PE team has modified their curriculum to maximize use of the outdoor spaces and any activities involving students coming into close contact.


      

    SCHOOL TRIPS


    While we hope that this will change, we currently are only offering field trips held outdoors.


      

    EVENTS


    As the situation in France and world-wide evolves, the answer to this question may change. For now, we do not intend to host large gatherings but hope to host small parent gatherings such as Coffee and Conversation with the Head of School and Division Directors, PFA meetings, etc.


      

    SCHOOL CLOSURE


    The need for closure or partial closure will be determined by the size and nature of the cluster. The school has implemented structures to support closed ‘bubbles’ of students to minimize the number of students needing to quarantine in case of a cluster. The school’s response is highly regulated by the ARS.


      

     

    Our Plan For the 2020–21 School Year


    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with the most serious public health crisis in generations, upending ‘business as usual’, age old traditions, and cherished plans. It has been a time where management of uncertainty, the ability to learn, to adapt, and to iterate has been vital; collaboration, collective action, and creativity have become essential.

    We plan to open our campus in August for the 2020–21 school year, but are aware of the possibility that we may face changing conditions over the course of the year requiring us to adapt. In the document linked below, we share our guiding principles for decision-making, to outline the main learning models we will adopt, as well as our additional healthy and safety protocols. 

     


     

     

    Who to Contact


    nurse@asparis.fr, for medical questions only or to report possible exposure to coronavirus

    Division Directors, for Division specific questions related to students: 

    Aaron Hubbard, Director of Upper School
    Tony Shawe, Director of Middle School
    Dan Kerr, Director of Lower School 

    Communications Department, for questions about anything communications or website related.