Dear AAS Families,
We hope this first week back is a good one for your families. It is always nice to have students back on campus learning.
🏫 New AAS Director
Starting In July 2023
Thank you again to everyone who participated in the Director Search Committee process.
AAS shared on December 22, 2021, that Michael Murphy will be the next Director at AAS Moscow starting July 2023.
😷 Covid-19 Update
The Mayor of Moscow shared yesterday that the city expects an increase in Omicron variant cases in the next 7-10 days.
Here at AAS Moscow, we are confident in our layered mitigations and will make every effort to keep students on campus for as long as it is safe to do so. Our air filtration system, masks, temperature checks, distancing, and daily pass are some of the ways we have successfully kept our students and teachers safe on campus.
We intend to remain in Modified-Full-On-Campus learning for as long as possible. Currently, the Moscow authorities require us to employ a 14-day quarantine for close contacts which has resulted in some students having to stay home and engage in virtual learning throughout the fall semester.
As you may remember, we attempted to shorten the government mandated 14-day quarantine for close contacts in the fall of 2021 and were contacted by the local authorities requiring that we retain this 14-day close contact mitigation.
As a community, we need to prepare for the likely challenges that the Omicron variant may present to us. Although our intent is to continue with Modified-Full-On-Campus learning, some or all students may need to move to distance learning depending on the rate of infection, government regulations and close contacts.
🎙 Reframing Covid-19 Challenges
We have now been living with Covid-19 for two years and have some data points to consider in our joint efforts to support our community through Covid-related challenges.
Our Community Relation Director, Mr. Vitali, recently sat down for a conversation with our school psychologist, Joseph Graybill to discuss the importance of modeling behavior and framing pandemic challenges in order to build self reliance in our children.
🎫 Faculty Family Visas
We understand that it continues to be challenging that some faculty members are still not in Moscow due to the renewal of dependent visas.
At this time, most should be returning in the next two weeks, however, a few may be delayed through the end of February. The Division Leadership will inform families with specific updates if your child’s teacher is impacted. We recognize that this fall has been challenging with the digital approach necessary for some teachers. If we could have avoided this situation, we would have done so without hesitation, but we have no control or influence over the invitation letter process nor the visa application process. Thank you for your ongoing support of AAS.
🏥 Rhonda’s Delayed Return
Rhonda will be delayed in returning to Moscow due to a medical injury received the day before she was supposed to leave Texas.
This injury required immediate surgery and is expected to be back in Moscow within the next couple of weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience during Rhonda’s late return or recovery. Please contact our Deputy Director, email@example.com, for any urgent issues.
⭐️ REMINDERS ⭐️
✈️ International Travel Restrictions
If your family is arriving from international travel, please note that there are no changes to the timing protocol for access to campus after international travel.
The current protocol allows for students who travel internationally, regardless of their vaccination status, to be allowed to access campus only after submitting a negative PCR result of a Day 3 PCR (day of arrival is day 1). These results must now be submitted through the PowerSchool portal and the AAS Health Office must clear the student to access campus without further self-isolation.
📝 PCR test submission through PowerSchool
To submit PCR test results for your child(ren), please use the PCR Test Result Submission form in PowerSchool.
This can be done on the web at PowerSchool portal or via the PowerSchool mobile app.
On the web version, you will find Forms about halfway down the left menu. On the mobile app, you will find Forms under the 3-dot “More” menu at the bottom right.
Please follow this guide to complete the form and upload a PDF or an image of the test results to be approved by the AAS Health Office.
Your submitted PCR test has to show approved before your child can return on campus.