We follow the guidelines of the RIVM https://quarantainecheck.rijksoverheid.nl/en and the GGD. The most important rules for safe education have been clearly listed by RIVM and the national government:
Basic rules for everyone
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
- Stay 1.5 metres from others.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms: stay at home and do a self-test or get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) as soon as possible. Even if you've been vaccinated.
- Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors.
Every school and every school building requires a different solution. That is why the adjustments differ per school. You can think of walking routes, different break times and not being able to visit or to have limited access to your child's school building as an adult. In many schools, the windows will be open more often, so that we can provide extra ventilation - it is nice if your child wears warm clothing for this. If the RIVM and the GGD prescribe other measures in the course of the school year, the schools will adapt to them.
Year 5 ,Year 6 learners and staff are required to wear a mask while moving about inside the building. The masks do not have to be worn in the classroom.
We kindly ask parents of Year 5 and Year 6 learners to provide a mask for your child to wear at school and check that your child has a mask before coming to school.
It is advised that Year 5, Year 6 learners and staff do a self-test 2x weekly, even if one has no symptoms (also if you are vaccinated). These self-tests will be provided by the school.
Staff keeps 1.5 meter distance from each other. Learners are not required to keep 1.5 meter distance from each other or staff members.
We have spread out our break/lunch times and areas as much as possible. We will continue to minimize contact between classes the best we can.
When will your child stay at home?
Children with (mild) cold symptoms are not permitted to attend school and it is strongly advised to test at the GGD or take a self-test. Parents will be phoned to pick up their child if symptoms are noticed at school. We ask that you continue to report and update all absences/illness via the parent portal daily. This information is crucial for us to be able to track illness and absences in our school.
If your child does a self-test at home and it is negative, your child is allowed to come back to school with symptoms but please update the absence report in the parent portal accordingly. We rely on you as parents assessing if your child is fit enough to attend school, even with a negative self-test result. A child may never come to school with a fever and should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning. Keep following the basic rules if the result of the self-test is negative. It is still important that people follow the basic rules, such as washing their hands and staff keeping 1.5 meter distance from each other. After all, a negative self-test does not rule out corona 100%. If the symptoms persist, it is important to do another self-test the next day. If the complaints get worse, or if people experience loss of smell or taste, you should make an appointment with the GGD. (Phone number: 0800-1202).
Is the result of the self-test positive?
If the result of the self-test is positive, your child stays home and will also have to do a GGD test to confirm the result. If the result of the GGD test is also positive, the GGD will give advice about self-isolation/self-quarantine for all family members* and close contacts* and starts the source and contact investigation. The GGD will also advice when the self-isolation/self-quarantine period will end.
Is your child not getting tested?
Then your son or daughter is only permitted to come back to school after being completely symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
When will our staff stay at home?
Our staff stays at home if necessary according to the guidelines of the RIVM. For example, if an employee has a cold or a family member with a fever, the employee stays at home. We take into account that this happens regularly in the current school year. An employee can also become infected with the coronavirus and stay at home for a longer period of time.
Only siblings of a child with a positive (self)test need to quarantine!
Testing with symptoms
Everyone with symptoms, also mild symptoms are advised to stay home and self-test or test at the GGD. A positive self-test must be confirmed with a test via the GGD.
When do we inform you?
If one or more teachers or students in your child's class are infected with the coronavirus, we will let you know. Of course, we will also inform you if the GGD advises quarantine and that distance learning is needed.
Does the whole class have to go home if 1 student or teacher is sick?
In the event of a corona infection, the school contacts the GGD and is advised by the GGD. In most cases, it will not be necessary to send classmates or colleagues home. Colleagues keep sufficient distance from each other.
General corona measures
Primary schools apply applicable hygiene and distance measures. This includes regular and thorough washing of hands, regular cleaning of teaching aids and materials and more frequent airing of the premises.
Pick up and take
Parents bring their child(ren) to the schoolyard, but do not enter the building. After school, students go straight home or the out-of-school care facility.
Absence of teacher
If the teacher has to stay at home as a precaution or because of a corona infection, the primary school tries to provide a replacement teacher. If this does not work, the school may have to switch to distance learning. Pupils then receive home education.
Absence of student
If a pupil stays at home because of (possible) corona infection with himself or a family member, or if the pupil or a family member belongs to a medical risk group, this constitutes a lawful absence. Parents are asked to report absences/illness via the parent portal daily.