During the most recent press conference on 26 November the government announced further restrictions. We are pleased that primary and secondary schools remain open for the immediate future. As always we follow the guidelines of the GGD (local health authority) trying to keep our community safe.
Measures for primary students
- Students from grade 4 onwards need to wear a face mask when travelling through school. They can take it off while seated (they can of course also choose to keep it on).
- Students from grade 4 onwards are now strongly advised to do a self-test twice a week. All classes (from grade 4 onwards )will be provided with self-tests for students to take home.
- Primary students can no longer come to school with (mild) cold symptoms. Instead they should stay home and get tested; this can be done by using a self-test. Should this self-test be positive, please book a test with the GGD asap to get the result confirmed. Please note that students cannot return to school unless they have a negative test result.
GGD Guidelines on quarantining for primary schools
The GGD (local health authority), is responsible for guiding schools and students to stay safe. We always follow the guidelines from the GGD, when asking students to quarantine. The current advice is that we are sending a whole class home if 3 students in a class test positive. If your child(ren) are being sent home to quarantine, please note that this means they need to stay home (they can’t go to after school sports, birthday parties or have a play date). Your child(ren) need to get tested on day 5 (no self-test) and can only return to school with a negative test result. Should parents decide to not have their child(ren) tested, they will need to quarantine for 10 days.
Measures for secondary students
Secondary students do not need to quarantine after close contact* with a person testing positive for Covid-19 if they are protected via the vaccine or by having had Covid in the last 6 months. Should a student be infected, this student will contact all their close contacts* within the school and wider community. Close contacts should do a self-test immediately and on day 5 after the contact. Fixed seating and seating plans for assessments will help students to identify close contacts* should this be needed.
*Close contact means 15 minutes or more within a distance of less than 1,5 metres.
Self-tests & social distancing
We continue to encourage staff and secondary students to do a self-test twice weekly. Tests are available at school and will be distributed by the mentors. If students have mild cold symptoms, please note that they can only come to school after a negative self-test. Should this self-test be positive, please book a test with the GGD asap to get the result confirmed.
Secondary students are asked to keep their distance from adults within the school (e.g. teachers, support staff).
Making an appointment to get tested & DigiD
A child’s parent/carer or secondary student should call 0800 1202 or go online to coronatest.nl/ to make an appointment. Please note that you will need to provide your (child’s) BSN number. At the moment, it seems that you can get your Covid-19 results sooner if you have a DigiD.
DigiD (short for Digital Identification) is a form of online ID that allows you to access many services and government websites in the Netherlands. It’s like a digital version of your passport. The DigiD consists of a username and password that are linked to your personal public service number (BSN).
Apply for a DigiD for your child before they need it. If your child has a DigiD they can get the test result sooner via Coronatest.nl, even if you made the appointment by phone. A parent or carer can apply for a DigiD for a child under 14. Teenagers aged 14 and over can apply for a DigiD themselves. If you are new to the Netherlands your whole family can apply as soon as you receive your BSN numbers.
It takes 3 working days for a DigiD application to be processed. So make sure you apply in time by clicking on this link.
Booking a Covid-19 test with a BSN number
According to the GGD you CAN book an appointment without a BSN number via the Customer Contact Centre 030-6305400. Please make sure, you only call this number if you have not yet received a BSN number.
Keeping the community safe
We would like to ask everyone in our community to please remain vigilant and get tested should anyone in your family have Covid-19-like symptoms. Please make sure you inform the school of a Covid-19 case in your household, via firstname.lastname@example.org. From our side, we will continue to update you of a Covid-19 case in your child(ren)’s class and grade level via the school app.
Traveling and Covid-19
Should you have plans to travel abroad during the upcoming Winter Break, please make sure you check the Covid-19 measures traveling abroad and returning to the Netherlands.
As you know the ventilation systems in the main building and Pionier were always in line with the newest guidelines. We are now pleased to inform you that we have now invested in a new ventilation system for the Annex. This system works to a high standard. Naturally we will continue to open windows and doors regularly in all three buildings.
Continuation of Learning
Please familiarise yourself with the ISUtrecht Continuation of Learning Plan.
Parents and visitors in school
As of Monday 29 November parents and external visitors can no longer come to school.
Inform the school of Covid-19 in your household
Please inform the school asap should your child(ren) or any other member of your household test positive for Covid-19. Please also inform us when anyone else in your family tests positive after you have already been self-quarantining. For example, when mum tests positive on Monday and the child stays home but then tests positive on Thursday it is still really important that you inform us of this latter positive test asap. As a school we will inform you of any Covid-19 cases that directly affect the class of your child(ren).
Useful documents and links
- Please visit the government page (in English) explaining the basic rules for everyone to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
- To keep up to date with the latest covid-19 developments in the Netherlands, please visit the website of the RIVM (Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment).