Educational
Models

In preparation for continued pandemic response requirements, the AAS Pandemic Prevention Plan includes four possible education models based on the level of risk: No Risk (level 0), Low Risk (level 1), Moderate Risk (level 2), Medium Risk (level 3), High Risk (level 4).
To determine the level of risk, AAS will follow the requirements set by the Bulgarian government, input from the US and UK Embassies, as well as guidance by leading health organizations.

  • Normal School Operations

    Normal use of the AAS campus without any anti-pandemic measures in place.

  • Face to Face Model (Low Risk)

    • All students and staff to be on campus;
    • All facilities are in full use;
    • After school activities and athletics that allow for social distancing will be available;
    • Buses run at full capacity;
    • Social distancing and hygiene practices are in place;
    • Schedules, lunch routines, assemblies, movement through the school will be adapted to provide social distancing.
  • Controlled Face to Face Model (Moderate Risk)

    • All students and staff are on campus;
    • Most facilities are in full use
    • Elementary School After School Activities cancelled or reduced;
    • Secondary School Activities and Athletics cancelled or reduced;
    • Stringent hygiene and social distancing measures are in place;
    • Student and staff groups are in “bubbles” allowing for small-group quarantine if needed;
    • Cafeteria to provide lunches as students and staff maintain “bubbles”;
    • Assemblies and large group gatherings are only with distancing and protection measures;
    • Buses run with hygiene and distancing measures in place;
    • Plans in place for any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID or COVID-like symptoms within the school, including:
    • Schedules, lunch routines, assemblies, movement through the school are restricted to provide social distancing and maintain “bubbles” of students to remain together as much as possible;
    • “Bubble” groups move to distance learning for quarantine, when appropriate.
  • Hybrid Model (Medium Risk)

    • Reduced numbers of students are on campus for face-to-face learning at any one time;
    • Students who are not on campus have Distance Learning;
    • After school activities and athletics are not available;
    • No assemblies or large group gatherings;
    • Buses run with hygiene and distancing measures in place;
    • Social distancing and hygiene practices are in place;
    • Schedules, lunch routines, assemblies, movement through the school are restricted to provide social distancing and maintain “bubbles” of students to remain together as much as possible;

    “Bubble” groups move to distance learning for quarantine, when appropriate.
    Examples of the hybrid model include:

    • Students at each grade level alternate days/weeks at school;
    • Certain grade levels are at school while other grade levels are Distance Learning.
  • Distance Learning Model (High Risk)

    The AAS Distance Learning Program is in effect