For participants arriving in January 2021, in early December, a document that can be found here was shared with our overseas AFS partner offices and which they were asked to share with our incoming hosted participants. The document highlights what students can expect from their time in the US this year, given that it will be quite a different experience than previous AFS students have had. If the information in this document changes, we will share an updated version with you, once new information becomes available.
In addition, to help ensure participants arriving to the USA during the 2020-21 school year have appropriate expectations for their program and their host school’s instructional plans, AFS-USA has shared a host school-specific update to AFS Sending Partners (who will in turn communicate with sending families and participants) before arrival about the status of instruction. AFS-USA is also making clear that instructional plans of host schools may change their instructional model at any time throughout the year.