COVID-19 RISK MITIGATION AT AEF
Updated on May 23rd, 2023
Since the beginning of the pandemic, AEF has worked to create the safest environment for students, in compliance with the guidelines established by the Italian government, the Tuscan Region and the Comune di Firenze (national, regional, and local levels). We continue to monitor the current regulations, adjusting all necessary protocols and procedures so that the highest standards of health and safety are maintained in our programs.
AEF faculty and staff will give their full support to students in preparation for their departure. The Italian Government and Tuscan Region guidelines on Covid-19 safety and hygiene regulations will be duly communicated to students.
Arrival in Florence
Welcome! Your experience in the city of Renaissance has just begun: Florence – with its streets, piazzas, and iconic beauty at every corner – will be your classroom, for a real immersion into Italian art and culture.
Requirements for Entry into Italy
Information for travelers from each country is available on the Ministry of Health website.
Covid-19 Green Pass Certificate
The Covid-19 Green Pass Certificate is the official European certification for the completion of an authorized vaccination cycle. Showing the Green Pass Certification is no longer required.
Although vaccination is no longer mandatory to access the school’s premises, AEF perceives itself as a community based on respect and social responsibility, where each member is in charge not only of their own safety, but also of everybody else’s. Hence, having completed a vaccination cycle is strongly recommended.
The obligation for wearing a mask indoors has been lifted except for health care facilities.
The obligation for keeping 1m distance in the classrooms is lifted.
We will try to answer all your questions about your experience, but if you have further questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact us: we’ll be happy to answer!
AEF is compliant with the Regione Toscana Covid-19 regulations.
Students who test positive will need to isolate for 5 days from the day of the test or from when symptoms presented.
At the end of the isolation period, it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 mask for 10 days from the initial symptoms or positive test result.
Although a negative test is no longer required at the end of the isolation period, AEF highly recommends testing before coming back to school.
Positive students will be able to continue attending classes online, from the apartment, and will be constantly assisted and supported by the AEF staff. Please, contact the Student Life Office immediately if you have symptoms or test positive.
AEF will follow the Italian government rules applied in both the public and private education system:
· Mask and social distancing mandates in the classrooms have been lifted.
· It is extremely important not to go to school if you are experiencing any fever or any flu symptoms. If any of these symptoms are present, students will need to contact the AEF staff, who will immediately arrange an appointment with a doctor, as needed.
· Students are strongly encouraged to frequently wash their hands and apply hand sanitizer (available at the school).
· Natural outside air ventilation is another key factor for safety in the classrooms: windows will be kept open (weather-permitting), and classrooms will always be ventilated between each class.
Florence is not only the city where AEF is located, but it is the real classroom for many program activities and lectures. For lessons held on-site and museums visits, AEF will apply the Italian government rules in force. The same rules will be applied during learning excursions.
AEF students have always been housed in local apartments in the city center. This is a choice that encourages integration with the local community and a sense of
responsibility in their everyday life in Florence. If a student tests positive, they will be immediately isolated and supported by AEF Staff until the end of the isolation period.
We know that one of the reasons students want to study abroad is the opportunity to visit European destinations. While travelling, it is more than essential that students behave responsibly: if you travel irresponsibly, you not only put yourself at risk, but also other students and the host community. All program participants will be required to respect the Italian government and European Union rules on traveling and circulation between EU countries.
We recommend that students regularly check for updates on travel regulations and only on officially recognized sources:
Ministry of Health