American School of Paris - 21st Century Campus

ASP COVID-19 Updates


Please regularly check this page for updates from ASP.

View French Government updates regarding travel restrictions and entering France.

 

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.

   

 

Frequently Asked Questions


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

  

COVID-19 CASES


Visit this website for a list of testing locations.



Call the ASP nurse immediately. Your child will have to stay at home and cannot come to school. The child and ALL family members must take a COVID-19 test 7 days after the infected family member received their positive test result. If any other family member tests positive for COVID-19, the ASP student needs to remain home. 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 the ASP nurse immediately. Your child will have to stay at home and cannot come to school. 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. Please see our protocol for a suspected student case or exposure to COVID-19.



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 (similar to this). The name of the affected 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 in the school, by Division.



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, Upper and Middle School students must wear a mask at all times while on campus except for when they are eating or drinking. Lower School students do not have to wear a mask, but can choose to do so.


    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 will open on Monday, September 14, with the hot lunch program on offer. We will still follow 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


    There will be no after school activities or clubs for the first three weeks of school. We hope that Lower and Middle School activities, clubs, and sports will begin on September 14. Exceptionally, auditions for the Musical (Upper and Middle School students) and tryouts for Varsity/Junior Varsity Athletics tryouts will begin on September 7.


      

    SCHOOL TRIPS


    There will be no field trips for the first three weeks of school, unless they are held outdoors. There will be no overnight and international school trips in September.


      

    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. No events will take place for the first three weeks of school.


      

    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 Communications


    August 24, 2020: Important Lower School Information and Class Lists
    August 24, 2020: Important Middle School Information
    August 24, 2020: Important Upper School Information

    August 18, 2020: Starting School in One Week!
    August 17, 2020: Starting School
    August 5, 2020: Starting School Information

     

     

    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
    Carleen Helaili, Interim Director of Middle School (pending the arrival of Tony Shawe, Director of Middle School) 
    Dan Kerr, Director of Lower School 

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