School Life

Coronavirus

In line with government guidelines, all students – primary and secondary – will be welcome in school full time after the summer. The first day of school is Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Students in school are not required to keep their distance from each other. They do, however, have to keep 1,5 distance from their teachers and other staff members. All staff members will adhere to the 1,5 meter social distancing rules. Parents can only be allowed onto the premises if they have an appointment.

Please view the protocol for a safe primary drop off and pick up before Tuesday 1 September.

What can I do to prevent the spread of the virus?

As a school we follow the advice of the RIVM to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading:

  • Wash your hands often with soap. This will remove the virus from your hands, making it harder to infect yourself or others.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands as much as possible. This reduces the risk that you will become infected if you have the virus on your hands, and makes it less easy for you to infect others.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow, to keep the virus off your hands.
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use.
  • Do not shake hands. Avoiding hand contact makes it harder for the virus to spread via hands.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arm lengths) apart from others. This makes it harder for the virus to spread via (accidental) coughing or sneezing.
  • Work from home as much as possible. If people have less contact with each other, the virus cannot spread as easily. 
  • Avoid crowds and try to avoid travelling during rush hour.

Source: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/spread

Advice for children and teenagers

  • Children aged 0 to 4 can go to daycare or their childminder if they have cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat), as long as they do not have a fever. The same applies to the youngest children at primary schools (in Dutch: ‘groep 1’ and ‘groep 2’; aged 4-6). They can go to school and out-of-school care if they have cold-like symptoms but no fever.
    • This does not apply if the child has been in contact with someone who has coronavirus or if the child lives with an adult who has a fever or a shortness of breath. If this is the case, the child must stay at home and it is important that the child is tested.
  • Children aged 12 and under do not have to stay 1.5 metres away from other children. All other hygiene rules also apply to children.
  • Teenagers aged between 13 and 17 (inclusive) do not have to stay 1.5 metres apart from each other. At secondary schools, this rule applies to all pupils, regardless of their age. At secondary vocational education and higher education institutions, all students must stay 1.5 apart, regardless of their age.

source: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19/tackling-new-coronavirus-in-the-netherlands/basic-rules-for-everyone

Please note that students can’t come to school if:

  • The student has mild symptoms, such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, mild cough or elevated temperature (up to 38 degrees Celsius)? And/or has the student suddenly lost their sense of smell or taste? Get tested* and stay home until you get the results of the test. 
  • If the student, or anyone in their household has a fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius) and/or shortness of breath, everyone in the household must stay home. Those members of the household who have symptoms should get tested*.

* Please note: small children who have a cold do not always need to be tested. Testing is necessary if the children are in contact with someone infected with the novel coronavirus, if they are part of an outbreak investigation, or if they have other symptoms that could indicate the novel coronavirus.

Advice for children and teenagers

  • Children aged 0 to 4 can go to daycare or their childminder if they have cold-like symptoms (a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat). as long as they do not have a fever. The same applies to the youngest children at primary schools (‘groep 1’ and ‘groep 2’). They can go to school and out-of-school care if they have cold-like symptoms but no fever.
    • This does not apply if the child has been in contact with someone who has coronavirus or if the child lives with an adult who has a fever or a shortness of breath. If this is the case, the child must stay at home and it is important that the child is tested.
  • Children aged 12 and under do not have to stay 1.5 metres away from other children. All other hygiene rules also apply to children.
  • Teenagers aged between 13 and 17 (inclusive) do not have to stay 1.5 metres apart from each other. At secondary schools, this rule applies to all pupils, regardless of their age. At secondary vocational education and higher education institutions, all students must stay 1.5 apart, regardless of their age.

Symptoms COVID-19

People with COVID-19 often have symptoms such as:

  • Cold symptoms (nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Elevated temperature or a fever (above 38 degrees Celsius)
  • Sudden loss of taste and smell (without nasal congestion)

Do you have one or more of these symptoms?

Stay at home, get tested, recuperate. Please note that if you feel unwell do not go to your GP, instead call the GP or the out of hours medical centre (huisartsenpost in Dutch). If you are experiencing severe symptoms, contact a doctor immediately. source: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

It depends on the test results (positive or negative) whether you can go outside again and whether your household members must stay home as well.

Source: https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19 

To request a COVID-19 test

From 1 June 2020 everyone in the Netherlands can get tested. To get yourself or your child tested, please call: 0800-1202 (please make sure you keep your Burgerservice number handy to identify yourself). For general questions about the novel coronavirus, please call: 0800-1351

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