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

Updated: December 14, 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.

On Friday, November 5, 158 ACS community members including 86 students received their first, second, or booster dose.

Effective November 29, all students, faculty, and staff will need to present valid green certificates upon entry or to be tested on site. Per the updated guidelines, testing will occur twice a week (once a week for students, effective December 8), typically on Mondays and Thursdays. All visitors to campus need to provide a valid green certificate.

As of December 14, 62.5% of the students and 77% of the faculty and staff at ACS hold a Green Certificate, following vaccination, a valid antibody test or documented recovery.