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Covid Updates & Protocol for on site classes

December 15, 2021.

We are asking everyone entering our premises to show proof of vaccination, and to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status.

The Alliance Française de Philadelphie (AFP)  has chosen to host some classes again for adults for the Fall session 2021 (September 8th to November 18th). The students will have options of onsite and online classes. Due to the current health situation, the onsite classes conditions are modified to welcome students, AF personnel, and teachers, in the best possible conditions. 

This protocol is based on four fundamental principles: 

• AFP facilities are exclusively accessible to people who can demonstrate they have been vaccinated and acknowledge they are not showing any Covid-19 related symptoms.

 • Maintaining physical distance from one another. 

• Enforcing protective measures (washing hands/ or applying hand sanitizer, wearing masks if recommended by the city of Philadelphia, etc.) 

• Learning, informing each other, and communicating : AFP permanent staff and AFP onsite classes teachers are 100% vaccinated since we care about the health and safety of all our visitors, students, and partners. 

Philadelphia official guidelines: 

Indoors – businesses and institutions 

In Philadelphia businesses and institutions that require vaccination for all employees and patrons are exempted from having a mask requirement. Masks will be required indoors at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons. That means that for businesses and institutions that do not require everyone who enters to be vaccinated, everyone on site will be required to wear a mask.  

Source: https://www.phila.gov/2021-08-11-protect-yourself-and-others-from-delta-masks-required-indoors-and-at-large-outdoor-gatherings-in-philadelphia/


To access indoor activities, within the AFP facilities: 

1. We require all adults to show proof of vaccination. The following documents are accepted: Proof of vaccination: Original, photocopy or photograph of CDC Vaccination card (front and back of card) 

Official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation, or the WHO. 

In addition to the proof of vaccination we will require visitors, students, and teachers to sign a Covid-19 liability waiver to acknowledge that they would not attend a class/indoor cultural activity if they were to experience any symptoms of illness and/or have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of Covid-19. It is highly recommended that staff/instructors/students/visitors stay home if they have symptoms and/or are feeling sick, or if they have been recently in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19.


Tables will be disinfected before and after each class
Classrooms are equipped with U-V sanitizing lamps and will be disinfected each day before and after a class.
Classrooms will be equipped with air purifiers.
Everyone is required to wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer upon arrival in the facilities
Onsite classes will be limited to 6 students.

Any staff member or student with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not be able to return to the Alliance Française de Philadelphie (AFP) until a minimum of 3 days and a negative COVID-19 test result.


If we are made aware of a confirmed COVID-19 case at AFP, we will immediately notify your group and the local Department of Public Health to determine next steps.

The in-person class will resume 10 days after confirmation of the case and upon proof of a negative test. During the 2 week period, the classes will switch online via Zoom

November 1st, 2021
What to expect this winter:
Online classes and programs continuation
Some In-person classes (group, private) for AF vaccinated staff and students
One in-person classes will be added to the existing ones
Children programs are still conducted online
Some small scale in-person events (film screenings, book club, lectures)

July 28, 2021:

What to expect this summer:
Continuation of online programs 
The AF will only be open to:
Vaccinated staff members
Vaccinated Candidates for certifications: DELF-DALF, TCF (ANF, Tous Publics, Québec).
Library borrowers upon appointment only (you can make an appointment by phone or email) (Visitors as well as staff are still required to wear a mask when entering the building and while within the AF premises)
Schedule and class repartition will be released around August 15 (subject to changes)
Registration for fall session and early bird price begins on August 16

What to expect this fall:  
All children’s classes will remain online
Continuation of online classes and programs
Some in-person classes as well as private, one on one classes may resume. 
Some small scale in-person events may resume (film screenings, book club, lectures)


What to expect this winter:
More in-person classes can be added to the existing ones, including children classes and programs under  (the scope of reopening will depend on the status of vaccination in the age groups 3 to 12).