CGS systematically monitors developments regarding the operating protocols of educational institutions, as well as pandemic protection and prevention measures.
The priority for our school for the academic year 2021–2022 is the physical and mental health of our students and workers and academic progress and excellence, using all the models and ways/approaches to education they may require: live, distance or hybrid, depending on developments and the measures announced by the competent bodies.
Since the previous academic year, CGS has been collaborating closely with a special team of scientists from Hellenic National Public Health Organization (ΕΟΔΥ), which advises the school on the implementation and reinforcement of the measures announced by the competent bodies and coordinates targeted interventions.
Preparation of the school for the beginning of this academic year is based on two pillars. The first pillar concerns the educational process and the second the sanitary measures of prevention and protection.
Daily Life at CGS
Parents are advised to take their children’s temperatures every morning either before they arrive at school or enter the school. In cases where the student has a fever (> 37.5), they will need to remain at home.
If a student is running a fever, they will not be allowed to enter the school premises. On the other hand, if a student develops symptoms compatible with the COVID – 19 infection during the school day, the procedure described below will be followed.
Below you will find the daily programme.
Diet and Safety
Elena Paravanti-Hargitt, RDN Clinical Dietician / Nutritionist – Psychologist
School is commencing and students can have snacks and drinks with them that they can consume during the day.
Good choices are nutritious foods that do not need reheating and are not particularly sensitive to temperature changes.
Mixed nuts and dried fruits
Fruits such as bananas and apples
Vegetables such as carrot sticks, peppers and cherry tomatoes
Sandwich with tahini or peanut butter and jam
Packaged juices (without sugar) stored out of the refrigerator
Homemade cereal bars or with reduced sugar
Round breadstick (‘Thessaloniki’ type)
Pies such as spinach pie or cheese pie
Pasta with tomato sauce
If you choose something with cheese or meat (ham, turkey, etc.), make sure the child carries it with a small ice pack.
Students should wash their hands before eating without touching anything else in between. This can also be done with hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Students need to have snacks and a bottle of water with them daily, as canteens and coolers will not work.
If they eat on a surface, they should clean the surface before eating.
They should not share food and snacks with their classmates.
We do not prepare a lunchbox or a snack if we have some kind of symptom.
ΙΒ Primary Years Programme
The use of the Dining Hall will be limited to only IB PYP Year 1 and 2 students, accompanied by their teacher. All the necessary sanitary measures must be observed, as well as for the IB PYP Year 3 to Year 6 students who are registered in the lunch programme. In case a student wishes to make use of the Dining Hall, they can do so only by registering in the lunch programme on the days they wish, as no transaction with actual money is allowed on the school premises.
Classes will be dismissed one at a time. The same procedure will be followed for students entering classrooms after the break.
A different courtyard is provided for student breaks per class.
During the daily school day, as well as during the break, students are not allowed to exchange personal items and/or food. Furthermore, any game using a ball and /or involving physical contact will not be allowed.
End of School Day
The school day ends at 14:55.
At the end of the day, students will leave in an orderly fashion in order to avoid congestion at the exits.
The activities of the Afternoon Zone -SMART will operate normally and in accordance with the Regulations set by the competent bodies.
Health & Safety
Students must wear masks:
When being transported by school buses
While moving around inside the school (classrooms, toilets, canteens, etc.)
Students can take off their masks during breaks and outdoors on the CGS Campus when there is no congestion
The use of a face mask is mandatory for CGS teachers and staff.
Source: Commencement of educational establishments under the Ministry of Education and Religion August 24, 2020, website (in Greek):
Parents are advised to take their children’s temperatures every morning either before they arrive at school or enter the school. In cases where the student has a fever (> 37.5 ℃), they will need to remain at home.
Students’ temperatures will be taken before boarding the school buses and entering the CGS facilities (for students arriving at the school using their parents’ transport). In case the student develops symptoms compatible with the COVID – 19 infection, during the temperature screening at school, a procedure will be followed in order for the student to return home and then return to school after two days without fever according to the doctors’ recommendations per case and validated instructions of the Greek National Health Service.
The area outside the restaurant will also be used to serve students during meals. The aim is to expand and use the space during the winter months.
Furthermore, CGS has purchased a special UV Sanitizer for the restaurant and kitchen area. In addition, special electrostatic aerosol will be used for surfaces during cleaning.
Guidelines for families
The self-test is mandatory for all primary and secondary schools students. Students who have completed their vaccinations are excluded from the measure, as long as they belong to the age group for which the vaccination is recommended, as well as those with a history of illness within the last six months.
Before every Tuesday and Friday
The obligatory self-diagnostic test is performed twice a week, before every Tuesday and Friday, and up to twenty-four (24) hours before the arrival at the school and the students must present a negative result.
During the first week of operation of each school, however, the first self-diagnostic test (self test) has to performed up to twenty-four (24) hours before arrival at the school.
Health and safety
All classrooms and common areas have been cleaned and disinfected
Cleaning work is carried out using gloves which, after use, are discarded.
There is systematic and adequate ventilation of all areas
Wall-mounted antiseptic devices have been installed in all rooms and public areas.
CGS teaching and administrative staff will receive:
Hand antiseptics in gel form
CGS has procured:
Masks for staff
Mild hand antiseptics for all areas
In addition to the instructions described in the relevant circular of the Ministry of Health, but also the actions – interventions of each level to inform students about the preventive measures against the spread of coronavirus, we also inform you about the additional measures by CGS:
Spraying all public areas of the school (classrooms, offices, restaurant, etc) with a special disinfectant.
Cleaning of individual, smooth surfaces with a special solution (desks, knobs, handrails, locker rooms, school surfaces) – multiple times during the day
Cleaning the toilet with a special solution – several times a day
WC cleaning with 1:10 water bleach solution – multiple times a day
Installation of wall antiseptic devices in all public areas
Student Transportation & School Buses
Preventive measures for student transportation
Limit congestion at the time of arrival or departure of students using school buses, taking care to keep distances.
Observance of personal hygiene as a mandatory protection measure.
Use of mandatory personal protective equipment (masks and gloves) by the bus monitor and driver in compliance with the terms of proper use.
Compulsory use of a mask by students.
The same people travel on the school buses as well as remain in the same seats during every school run.
When students board the school bus, their hands are disinfected with an alcoholic antiseptic solution.
Systematic natural ventilation is sought during, but also after the end of the bus run.
In particular, for the school buses that are equipped with air-conditioning, natural ventilation is carried via the sun roofs and the windows of the two doors without the A / C being in operation.
On a daily basis, and especially before and after each school bus run, the vehicles are systematically cleaned with an emphasis on bars, handles, smooth surfaces which students touch systematically. Disinfection and cleaning, first using common detergents and then with a 1part /10 parts chlorine solution or other antiseptic alcohol solution. This is followed by natural ventilation and intervals during which the buses will remain empty between uses.
After a visit of the vehicle to a workshop, MOT, etc., aerial spraying is carried out with specially certified disinfectants.
The application of the basic rules of hygiene, cleanliness and disinfection is supervised daily by those in charge.
During a school bus run, if a student presents severe symptoms, help is provided utilising a first aid kit consisting of masks, thermometers, gloves while at the same time the Administration of the level the student attends is informed.
In the school bus park, students follow the driver/bus monitor’s instructions in order that social distancing is observed.
Visitors may only enter the school premises by appointment. At the entrance to the school, visitors must produce a certificate of vaccination or COVID – 19 disease (during the previous 6 months), or a negative laboratory test result.
Parents are only permitted to use their own private transport to drop off and collect students.
After 9.00 am, parents are only permitted to enter the school premises by appointment, which must be confirmed with the relevant secretariat. A certificate of vaccination or disease COVID – 19 (last 6 months) or a negative laboratory test result must be shown at the entrance to the school.
Creation of outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces for multiple uses and alternative teaching
The study for the wider upgrade of the landscape of our school (CGS Landscape Master Plan) to a sustainable and functional environment of a modern educational institution includes, among other things, the creation of outdoor and semi-outdoor multipurpose and alternative teaching spaces.
It is a different approach to learning, given the various beneficial effects of the natural environment on humans, and, more specifically, to enhancing students’ attention and concentration for the next lesson.
In this context, the following flexible outdoor / semi-outdoor teaching spaces are proposed:
The open-air theaters of the Kindergarten and the Primary School are covered with special canopies offering UV protection.
Using the same technique, the outdoor wooden table in the aromatic garden has been covered creating another alternative outdoor room.
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