Upon returning from summer holidays and amid general concern regarding the spread of new coronavirus in our country, testing for COVID-19 was performed on both of the School’s campuses for all employees (administrative and technical staff, faculty, as well as those working on-campus for vendors contracted by the College).  Tests were performed at the exclusive expense of the School.  None of the tests came back positive and all employees returned to work normally.

At the same time, during the week before the start of the new academic year, all College students were given an opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 at a preferential fee by the nursing staff of IASO, with testing taking place on the College premises.

Throughout the course of the academic year, sample testing for COVD-19 will be performed on School employees and students.

 
  
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From Monday, September 14th, temperature screening is being carried out on everyone entering the School, including students, staff and visitors.   Anyone with a temperature of 37.5º C or above is prohibited from entering the School grounds.

Specially designed areas where temperature screening takes place are: 

Psychico Campus: Main Gate Filothei Gate (Mpizaniou Street), CAPPS Gate

Kantza Campus: Bodossakeio Gate, Latseio Gate

Students are temperature screened prior to boarding school buses.

All classrooms are disinfected, cleaned and ventilated not only at the end of the school day but also throughout the day during breaks in students' timetables or when students are located elsewhere on the campus.  Doorknobs, desks, chairs, light switches and similar items are disinfected regularly.  Cleaning and disinfection are carried out according to the relevant EODY and World Health Organization guidelines. Students are assigned specific seats in classrooms and when leaving classrooms collect their belongings to facilitate the cleaning of surfaces.  Lavatories, locker rooms, gym and swimming facilities, as well as all common areas, are also disinfected multiple times during the day, as is the equipment used during the course of a lesson (sports and laboratory equipment, balls, etc.).
Students’ timetables across all school levels have been modified in order to stagger breaks so that fixed groups of students go to designated outdoor & indoor areas of the campus at different times.  Teachers supervise students during breaks in order to ensure that they observe safe distancing from one another and other relevant prevention measures.  Teachers supervising younger children make certain they are preoccupied in creative ways.

All necessary protective measures have been taken at the canteens. Face masks are mandatory for canteen employees, as well as persons waiting to place an order and to be served. Canteen employees must also wear disposable gloves at all times and follow prescribed procedures.  Surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned in accordance with relevant protocols. For transactions, the use of credit cards is recommended in order to avoid the handling of paper notes and coins.  In compliance with EODY guidelines, all products sold at canteens must be sealed and accompanied by single-use, disposable flatware (cutlery).

Additionally, the food vendor is in possession of relevant certificates indicating that: its employees have been trained in the proper preparation and handling of food products as outlined by the Hellenic Food Authority (EFET); its employees have passed health exams;  it follows and implements food quality control based on HACCP requirements; and, it fully complies with applicable legislation.

Due to the unique circumstances, the Elementary School dining halls are not open this year. Students eat either the School’s packaged meal or one brought from home in their classroom.

Additionally, students are not permitted to offer edible treats to their classmates.

Physical Educational classes take place as normal, in accordance with the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and General Secretariat of Sports guidelines regarding the observance of hygiene and safety rules. 

While engaged in sports or while exercising, students do not wear face masks.  However, they are required to have their masks with them for use indoors or in common areas (i.e. offices, hallways etc.).  Weather permitting, sports activities will take place at the outdoor courts and tracks. 

P.E. activities take place per class section in a designated area and at a distance from other sections so that students do not mingle with one another.  All balls, sports equipment and other materials are disinfected at the end of each lesson.

No swimming lessons are held until further notice.

Before the start of the school year, the College Transportation Office conducted an info session with the School’s bus chaperones regarding new protection measures being implemented because of COVID-19.  Students sit as far apart as possible inside the buses, leaving empty spaces between them.  Younger children sit in the front, older ones in the back, and siblings always sit together. Everyone must wear a face mask, including the driver and chaperones. 

Antiseptic wipes are available in school buses, which are thoroughly cleaned and ventilated each day.  Before boarding, chaperones temperature screen student and any student having a temperature above 37.5º C is denied boarding.  Chaperones also carry a layout of the vehicle with a seating chart that indicates the designated seat which each student must occupy every day.

The College libraries are taking all measures to avoid the spread of the new coronavirus.  Bookshelves are accessible only to librarians who locate and lend the requested material to users.  At the same time, returned books remain in quarantine for at least 72 hours before being replaced on shelves.  All areas of the School’s libraries are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Due to the unique circumstances that prevail, visitors, including parents, will not be granted entry to the School premises unless they have a pre-arranged appointment. In the case of the latter, temperature screening is carried out upon entry to the campus. In the event that a visitor's temperature is 37.5º C or above, they are asked to leave. 

Parent-teacher conferencing will only be carried out by phone or via the Microsoft Teams app.

The primary objective of Athens College is to continue the educational process despite the unprecedented difficulties confronted by all.  For the current academic year (2020-2021), and until such time as the risk of spreading the new coronavirus abates, as required by law and under the conditions set therein, primary and secondary schools shall provide modern, distance education to students who cannot physically attend classes. Distance education is carried out across all grade levels and all subjects through the MS Teams platform, while CMS, ManageBac and IC 365 provide platforms on which teachers can post materials each day and on which students can submit work from home and a later time receive feedback, as well as answers to queries.

Distance learning is complemented by resources from the School’s Libraries.  Ebook Central has been activated on the Libraries’ webpages giving students from Kindergarten through 12th grade High School/IB2 access to thousands of digital books in English.  Additionally, students can gain access to the Word Book digital encyclopedia, as well as the INFOTRAC, SIRS, NEWBANK databases that contain a wealth of digital materials, newspapers, periodicals and books on a variety of topics, such as science, history, literature, the environment and more.

In the event that a student exhibits symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and stays home or departs early from school, the administration must be kept informed of the student’s condition, as well as the course of his/her health, either by the student’s parents if he/she is a minor or by the student him/herself if he/she is an adult.

Students who are absent from school can follow their lessons as usual from home via distance learning platforms, under conditions set by State law due to the pandemic.

In order to return to school, parents must sign an official affidavit and send it electronically to the student’s respective school unit at least one day before his/her return.

Α) For students who have exhibited symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and who have remained at home or departed early from school: Official Affidavit A (in Greek)

Β) For students who have been in close contact with an individual who has a confirmed case of COVID-19:  Official Affidavit B (in Greek)