General FAQs

What do students and parents need to do before arriving on campus?

We ask that all students follow these procedures:

  • Observe quarantine guidelines for 14 days before return to on-campus learning. Please follow these guidelines from the CDC and the Department of Public Health as you observe quarantine. During quarantine, students should:

    • refrain from dining out, shopping, and all other activities that take place outside the home;

    • generally remain at home unless you need a doctor or emergency services;

    • have no visitors to the home; and

    • practice wearing a mask around your home, especially if you have family members in your household who work outside the home.

  • If you were traveling from overseas, you will need to quarantine after you arrive in Lebanon until you receive your PCR results.

  • Bring extra face masks to campus so that you will have a clean one to wear in case your mask breaks or rips. The school will have masks available for students, faculty, and staff if necessary, but we are asking everyone to maintain a personal collection of masks as well. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear face masks at all times in any shared indoor space.

  • We ask parents not to bring students to campus if they are ill, symptomatic, or positive for COVID-19.

Are parents allowed on campus, or only students?

In order to control the population on campus, all visitors should access campus on a need-only basis and must keep a face mask on at all times while maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters or greater from others. Parents should access campus for meetings with a Faculty or Staff employee by appointment only. Our Response Team and Leadership Team have mapped out walking paths and staircases in order to minimize the crossing of paths inside buildings. We have determined, in consultation with the Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at AUBMC, that these risk mitigation factors will sufficiently decrease potential community exposure via parents while they are on campus.

What is a “blended learning” model?

In the blended learning model, campus is open, however not all the students are on campus at the same time. Students will learn in person and in digital spaces in asynchronous and synchronous environments.

What is asynchronous and synchronous learning?

  • Synchronous learning is online or distance education that happens in real-time. This means students interact in a specific virtual place through a specific online medium at a specific time.
  • Asynchronous learning occurs through online channels without real-time interaction. In this mode, students will be provided with work, reading, assignments, and requirements that need to be satisfied and submitted within a flexible timeframe.

What criteria will ACS use when deciding whether or not to re-open campus?

In-person instruction is our preferred method of education, and we will return to that model once we feel it is safe to do so. The decision to resume in-person instruction will be informed by, but not limited to, the guidance from local and global health authorities. The decision will also be made in consultation with the School's Response Team. In addition, our decision will be based on:

  • Input from local health authorities, experts, and our Response Team.
  • Review of the status of the virus within our ACS community to ensure that there is no significant local rise in new COVID-19 cases.
  • Assurance that the community abides by the social compact and general health practices.

What will fall athletics look like this year?

NESAC announced its plans to halt all sports competitions for the year with the plan to reevaluate the decision in December. NESAC will still host some activities virtually (i.e. Academic Games, Forensics & Debate). A thorough information letter defining all these parameters will be sent the first week of school and will also be communicated as appropriate. ACS is working with experts and public health officials in order to provide sport-specific health and safety guidance for our athletes when we return to sport.

We will be providing virtual co-curricular activities when we are in full distance-learning mode. When we move to a blended learning model, we will immediately start our seasons but they will look different than they usually do.

We will not offer interscholastic competitive athletics during the first portion of our first semester. Mo Hourani, our Athletics Director, is working to develop fall afternoon activities that will continue to allow students to develop passions for, or new interests in athletics. We recognize that one of the greatest joys of being on campus for many students is the chance to come together and show ACS Knights spirit with their teams, and we want to make sure that experience is a part of our fall term. 

Our athletic program will focus on skill development, strength and conditioning, and mental preparedness for both individuals and teams.

Students will not be allowed to play outside athletic teams or travel teams during the first semester.

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