Anti - COVID-19 Measures at the American College of Sofia

Updated: October 2, 2021

The measures currently in place at the American College of Sofia include wearing masks indoors, keeping physical distance, observing traffic patterns and using hand the disinfection dispensers upon entry into, movement between or exit from campus buildings. All school events are taking place in accordance with the current orders, at a distance and with a limited capacity. The school administration is ready to adhere to any specific instructions from the health and education authorities about scheduling academic and extracurricular activities on campus and/or online.

Тhe American College of Sofia has installed 252 UV-C air purification devices across the indoor spaces of the campus. They have been installed in the classrooms, the cafeteria, the Gipson Library, the Whitaker Auditorium, the Student Computer Innovation and Fabrication Institute (SCIFI) and the administrative spaces.

The devices circulate air through capsulated compartments where the molecules are exposed to low-dose UV-C lighting and sterilized. Microbiology tests, including effectiveness against COVID, demonstrate the devices to be 99,9% effective against pathogens, and not releasing ozone. This, in combination with the lack of exposure to UV-C light, makes them safe to people. Additionally, all devices are connected to a timer for energy efficiency.

The classroom and office disinfection devices were provided by world-renowned producer of lighting Beghelli, Italy.

ACS students, teachers and staff receive care from a full-time medical doctor and a nurse. Doctor Antoaneta Georgieva is an experienced Internal and Respiratory Medicine specialist. The top priority of the Medical Office is to cover the immediate medical needs and medical emergencies of the students. The Medical Office also coordinates on campus the implementation of the anti-epidemic measures established by the Regional Health Inspectorate. The Medical Office also organizes vaccination campaigns for teachers and staff against infectious diseases, including influenza and COVID-19.

Immunity (contracted over the past 6 months and/or fully vaccinated) of faculty and staff against COVID-19 as of September 14, 2021: 70.2%. 

As of September 24, 16% of the student body have already been fully vaccinated and 18.5% have had the virus in the past 6 months.

On Saturday, October 2, more than 100 members of our community were administered the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The American College of Sofia is encouraging all students, teachers and parents who have not yet been vaccinated, to take advantage of the opportunity for a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech against COVID-19 during the second part of the campaign in late October. Those who wish to do so can turn to the School Doctor Antoaneta Georgieva for a consultation and registration.