Dear AIS-Salzburg Community,
This week's newsletter is designed to be more informative than most. Below, please find important, up-to-date information on the guidelines and restrictions in place due to the CoVid-19 pandemic. As with all international educational institutions, we are trying hard to keep on top of the latest developments and adjust our programs and plans in accordance with these. If you are planning on or considering joining us for a summer language session or for the start of the school year in September, you will want to read this information carefully and get in contact with us with follow-up questions.
We thank you for your attention and your interest.
Important Information For EU and non-EU Students Entering Austria
The Austrian government presently has open borders with all other EU nations except Portugal and Sweden (and the UK). No testing or quarantine is required for citizens of all the other European nations (31 in total). Citizens of non-EU nations are generally required to undergo a Corona test upon arrival to prove their negative status or must enter a 14-day quarantine. We highly recommend that students arriving from non-EU nations —if at all possible— should try to arrive in Vienna where testing can be done (for a fee) after exiting the plane. This testing will likely still be required this fall.
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Because of the high number of positive CoVid-19 tests in several non-European countries, Austria has suspended the entry of third-country (non-EU) nationals since March 11, 2020 with few exceptions. Although the European Union has agreed 'in principle' to establishing entry guidelines for these third-country nationals, the restrictions in place are not likely to be lifted until significant improvement is seen in terms of infections in several nations including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Russia. These restrictions, therefore, may directly affect any of our students enrolled for September, 2020 who do not carry an EU citizenship.
The Interior Ministry of Austria has assured the AIS-Salzburg administration that students who are enrolled and resident in the school's dormitories may enter Austria to begin the school year—regardless of what restrictions may remain in place—provided they have the student visa and can demonstrate this.
Therefore, it is imperative that all of our new students who are third-country nationals (non-EU) will need to obtain their Austrian visa from the nearest Austrian Consulate before arriving in Austria this fall. The school administration will provide the necessary documentary proof and guardianship guarantee as demanded by the Austrian authorities. These, along with the other personal documents required, must then be submitted and processed at the Austrian Consulate. Please contact us in the near future, if you have enrolled and have not yet begun this process.
"It is imperative that all of our new students who are third-country nationals (non-EU) will need to obtain their Austrian visa from the nearest Austrian Consulate before arriving in Austria this fall."
If a newly-enrolled student lives in a country in which the Austrian Consulates are presently closed, the government authorities here have agreed to allow the school administration to submit this paperwork directly after receiving it from the student's parents or guardians. This will save a lot of time and ensure that the visa is issued and free entry into Austria is guaranteed in September. In general, AIS-Salzburg has a government guarantee for all visas required, but applications for these must be done in a timely manner.
"AIS-Salzburg has a government guarantee for all visas required, but applications for these must be done in a timely manner."
We hope, of course, that the situation will continue to improve and more restrictions dropped before the start of the school year. However, it pays to be prepared for eventualities and, at present, know what requirements are in place.
If you have any questions concerning travel restrictions, student visas or related topics, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Language Program Corona Guidelines
In accordance with the public health authorities’ guidelines, AIS-Salzburg’s health safety guidelines for the Summer Language Program are as follows.
Guidelines in Classrooms
- Classes shall enroll a maximum of 10 with teacher.
- All classroom desk surfaces, door handles and chairs are to be disinfected daily by teachers before class begins.
- Teachers shall distribute hand disinfectant in the morning and after all breaks or returns to classroom.
- Ground floor public bathrooms shall contain soap as well as disinfectant dispensers.
- Extra chairs in classrooms shall be removed or stacked; one student per table in all classrooms.
- These guidelines shall be posted in and around all classrooms.
- Masks are not necessary or required in the classrooms but may be worn if desired.
- Teachers shall frequently wash their hands and take all necessary precautions when away from the school.
- Any student who has a persistent, dry cough with headache and/or fever shall be sent to school office immediately.
Guidelines in Dormitories
- All boarding students shall be housed in single rooms. Double rooms can be utilized only by family members.
- Infirmaries are available and stocked, ready for isolation use.
- A staff member shall be in charge of morning illness reporting.
- Hand soap shall be provided in each dormitory room.
- Hand sanitizer shall be placed on each floor in stairwell.
- The resident staff shall disinfect public surfaces and door handles each evening.
- The cleaning staff will ensure that all rooms are aired out each morning.
- The student room keys shall be disinfected when deposited with the staff.
- Surfaces and handles in rooms shall be disinfected by the cleaning staff daily.
- Extra care is to be taken with laundry service:
- Laundry will be available only as of the second week (one time per student every 2-weeks session).
- Bedding shall be changed with every change of student in a room.
- Clean towels are to be distributed frequently. Students may bring their own towels.
- All requirements and guidelines shall be clearly posted in and around the dormitories
Guidelines During Meals
- Students and staff will be assigned a dining room to equal out numbers and maximize distances.
- The staff shall monitor the meal lines to ensure that proper distance is kept between students.
- Marks shall be placed on the floor to keep distances during meal lines
- The kitchen staff will maintain all health requirements pertinent to their duties without exception.
- Extra tables and chairs shall be taken out of the dining rooms.
- All tables and chairs shall be disinfected daily after meals.
- All surfaces that students may touch in the kitchen are disinfected daily after meals by the kitchen staff.
- Students shall be encouraged to dine outdoors when appropriate; one evening meal per week shall be a grill evening.
- Student body temperatures shall be taken each morning at the breakfast and lunch meal lines by a staff member.
- The kitchen staff shall disinfect the surfaces of all beverage and snack machines daily.
- All meal requirements and guidelines shall be clearly posted in and around the kitchen and dining room areas.
Guidelines During Activities
- Masks shall be worn by all students and staff on all buses, vans and other transport.
- No assemblies shall be held indoors; daily announcements shall be made in class.
- Activity locations shall be to outdoor locations primarily.
- Whenever possible, activities shall not be to sites and locations where many people are located and entrance lines or crowded conditions are probable.
- Hand sanitizer and sufficient masks shall be taken with staff members whenever away from the school.
- Activity groups shall not exceed 20 students with staff members.
- Only on-campus activities shall be scheduled in the evenings after dinner.
- Public trains shall not be utilized for transport; buses or school transport only shall be utilized.
- Staff members shall disinfect all surfaces in school vehicles after every use.
- All students shall be informed clearly of distance restrictions and health requirements if given free time.
- All requirements and guidelines shall be clearly posted on public bulletin boards.
- Reusable or disposable masks shall be provided to all students upon arrival and whenever necessary.
- Pocket money distribution lines shall respect required distancing.
- The resident staff, administration and teachers shall clearly explain all of these guidelines and answer any and all questions students may have concerning these.
These guidelines will likely remain in place in the fall for the start of the 2020-2021 school year and will be reevaluated periodically in accordance with further updates from public health authorities.
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