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Covid-19

Please regularly check this page for updates from ASP.

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.

Updates to Mask Guidelines and Critical Contact Procedures

Following updates from the French government, as of March 14, 2022, masks are now optional on campus. If your child chooses to wear a mask, please send them with three clean masks per day to facilitate changes. As of Monday, May 23, masks are optional on the ASP bus. 

Changes to Critical Contact Procedures

The French government has updated the protocols for COVID-19 critical contact tracing. While the protocol for someone who tests positive remains the same, critical contacts will now test only on day 2 (two days since last contact). Furthermore, reduced mask-wearing means that more people will be identified as critical contacts. 

If someone is identified as a critical contact:

  • They must self-test for COVID-19 on day 2; day 0 is the date of last contact with the COVID-19 positive case, or immediately if last contact was more than two days ago
  • If the person has had COVID-19 within a 2-month period before being identified as a critical contact, they do not need to take a COVID-19 test
  • It is strongly recommended to wear a mask for 7 days after being identified as a critical contact

The ASP Procedure of Identifying Critical Contacts:

ASP will inform parents if their child has been identified as a critical contact. It is important to note that the new protocol has significantly broadened the reach of those considered critical contacts; whether a mask is worn or not is no longer a determining factor. This means that there will be many more critical contacts per individual case. Even if a child was wearing a mask, they will still be considered a critical contact.

Testing at ASP

The school will continue to test students experiencing symptoms at school. For students identified as critical contacts, parents are responsible for organizing the day 2 tests for their children.

Positive Cases 

Fully vaccinated 12 and over or children under 12:

  • If a self-test shows positive the procedure remains as before: a PCR or Rapid Antigen test must be taken to confirm
  • The person should isolate for 7 days. If there are no symptoms for the last two days of isolation, a PCR or Rapid Antigen test can be taken on day 5; if it is negative the isolation can be ended. 
  • Parents should inform the school if their child is positive for COVID-19.

Non or partially vaccinated:

  • Isolate for 7 days
  • Take PCR or Antigen test on day 7
  • If negative result received and symptom free for the last 48 hours, may return to school

OR

  • Isolate for 10 days
  • If symptom free for last 48 hours, may return to school with no test required

Testing and Quarantine Requirements

Mask Update

While masks are no longer required on campus, please be aware of the masks required on all ASP buses for riders of all ages.

Example of surgical face masks

  • Faculty, staff, and students, from Grade 1–12 must wear a "category 1" or surgical mask, while on the bus. 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 above 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Distance Learning

During the 2021–22 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. Read more about remote learners

Recent Communications

January 4, 2022: Important: Updated COVID-19 Protocols
December 3, 2021: Clarification of COVID-19 Policy
August 25, 2021: COVID-19 Updates for Back to School
August 23, 2021: Important Back to School Information

Contacts

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.