Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Synchronous: Teachers and students meet and interact in real time. Face-to-face classes are considered synchronous as are those that take place on a real-time platform such as Google Meet.
Asynchronous: Teachers design activities and materials, upload them on a platform, and students can access and complete the activities at any time.
Parents are considered the first part of the screening process.
- Parents are expected to check for any signs of respiratory illness, such as cough, sneezing, fever, headache, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, red eyes (for no apparent reason), and/or joint and muscle pain. Students experiencing any of the aforementioned will not be allowed to enter our campuses.
- Parents are expected to verify that their child/teen has washed their hands before leaving home.
- Parents are expected to ensure that their child/teen is wearing their mouth cover correctly. Use of mouth covers is obligatory for those who wish to enter our campuses.
All School staff – teachers, support, transportation, safety, administrative and leaders – have received COVID-19 prevention training.
All students are expected to wear disposable medical-grade face masks upon entering and exiting our campuses. Please do not wear face masks with exhalation valves. Face masks must be provided by parents.
Once in the classroom, students are expected to disinfect and wear School-provided face shields. Said shields are to remain on campus.
All those who wish to enter our campuses will be subject to a temperature screening and expected to answer a series of questions aimed at determining if a person is experiencing any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness. Our objective is to not allow any symptomatic person on our campuses. This screening applies to American School staff, visitors, and suppliers. Learn more about our prevention screening.
We will return to a face-to-face model once we are authorized to do so by the Ministries of Education and Health. We have worked diligently throughout the contingency to ensure a safe return for all community members.
We will start the school year under the PAS B-Learning model which combines face-to-face learning with coordinated online experiences. This model provides face-to-face learning 40-50% of the time while leveraging digital experiences the remaining 50-60%. This model introduces physical distancing and density reduction (half groups) as key strategies to further reduce exposure within our community.
This model would be implemented only when risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is considered by education and health authorities to be low enough that greater student density in classrooms and in common areas is considered acceptable.
In the meantime, we will implement our PAS B-Learning model which combines face-to-face learning with coordinated online experiences. This model introduces physical distancing and density reduction (half groups) as key strategies to further reduce exposure within our community.
The number of students will depend upon the size of each classroom space. Group sizes, however, will be reduced in order to ensure that students are seated at least 1.5 meters apart. For additional information, please read the information regarding each academic area’s operations.
We have carried out a number of studies in all classrooms and on all campuses. We will make a concerted effort to use the spaces that have natural flow of air. Air purifiers with HEPA filters have been purchased and installed in spaces that needed them. All spaces will be monitored by the School’s Head of Civil Protection.
American School staff were vaccinated during the Ministry of Education’s campaign that ran from May 25 through 29, 2021.
Under the PAS B-learning model, students attend face-to-face classes two days (Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday) and have their virtual classes (at home) the other days and/or asynchronous activities. This will allow students to adapt to our health and hygiene protocols and avoid any learning disruption. All of the aforementioned protocols are designed to ensure a safe and pleasant environment.