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Dear AAS Community,

Good morning.  As a part of our School’s ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, AAS has made the following decisions:

  • There are no cancellations for on-campus or in-Moscow events and/or activities at this time.

  • All student CEESA events have been canceled up until May 1, 2020.  This decision was made in conjunction with our partner CEESA schools taking into consideration local, regional, and international recommendations for restrictions of travel.  The Penguin Life Office will be in touch with more details on these cancellations shortly.

  • All High School Discovery week trips have been canceled.  Both Dr. Schuster, High School Principal, and the Penguin Life Office will be in touch with more details on these cancellations shortly.   

  • All Professional Development for AAS staff is being canceled at least up until the AAS Spring break.

  • All AAS community members, including students, parents, and staff, who travel to China, South Korea, Italy, or Iran from February 26, 2020, forward, will be required to comply with a 14-day mandatory exclusion from the AAS campus and AAS activities and off-campus events.  This includes contact with family members you live with who have traveled to these countries. This decision is consistent with local, regional, and international recommendations and requirements as of this morning. Please be mindful that the exclusion period and list of countries may change as the situation continues to evolve. Please refer to our Coronavirus Information webpage for updates.

In addition, even if you have not traveled, we ask that if you, your children or anyone in your household have elevated temperature (> 37.7 C or 100 F), are not feeling well or have flu-like symptoms, please do not come to the AAS campus, and see a healthcare provider right away.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported as of yesterday:  “...the key message that should give all countries hope, courage, and confidence is that the virus can be contained.” 

We understand that there will be disappointment with both the CEESA and Discovery Week cancellations.  Our decisions are intended to be proactive in our commitment to minimizing risk for students and staff through school-sponsored activities and events.  The well-being and safety of those in our community is our absolute priority. We have made a commitment to do our part as globally-minded citizens to reduce the opportunity for spreading the virus through non-essential travel. We are also being mindful and proactive to avoid the potential risk of any given country implementing a new travel restriction while students and staff are traveling. 

AAS appreciates your patience and understanding that this situation is fluid and evolving, which will require our flexibility and adaptability as updated and relevant information becomes available.  AAS will ensure thoughtful and careful consideration as decisions are made to be shared with our community as soon as possible, and we ask that you, please communicate with AAS if you have questions or specific family health information to share.  

Handling the spread of a contagion like the coronavirus is primarily a job for public health agencies and in our case, in Russia and across multiple countries.  Please keep updated through our Coronavirus Information webpage and, if needed, please contact the AAS Health Office at, or +7 495 231 4462, or +7 495-2314488 ext. 13521/13520.

We very much appreciate the collaboration with families in supporting the health of all within our community.

Rhonda Norris
AAS Moscow Director

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