The GGD (local health authority), is responsible for guiding schools and students to stay safe. This school website page provides information translated from Dutch local health authorities (GGD) and national guidelines.
All families with a member of the household testing positive, will be contacted by the GGD as part of their follow up procedures. The GGD also has a duty to follow up within the schools in guiding parents and the community further (on testing and quarantine procedures and the return to school after recovery). If your child has had close contact with a positive tested person at school, you must read this letter and your telephone will be shared with the GGD*.
* if you do not want your telephone number to be shared with the GGD please contact Marieke Folkers Head of school.
When does your child (4-12yrs) need to stay home?
Children who go to primary school must stay at home and get tested if they have coronavirus symptoms. It doesn’t matter if the child’s symptoms are those of a mild cold (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat) or more severe (frequent coughing, fever, shortness of breath). Children who only cough occasionally and children who have asthma, hay fever or a chronic respiratory disease do not need to be tested as long as they have no other symptoms. If your child has a fever or shortness of breath, everyone who lives at the same address should also stay at home. For more information, please view the government page on testing children for coronavirus.
If you do not want to get your child tested, they may not go back to school until they have had no symptoms at all for 24 hours. Other members of your household can also end their self-quarantine after that time. If mild symptoms persist, you must keep your child at home for 7 days before they may go to school again. If mild symptoms haven’t gone away after 7 days, your child may go back to school. For more information, please view the government page on testing children for coronavirus.
Back to school (4-12yrs) after a positive test
- After a positive test and showing symptoms, children can come back to school after 7 days, after the symptoms started, if they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
- If a child had a positive test, but isn’t showing any symptoms, then the child can return to school after 5 days.
Please note that the GGD will always guide you in these matters. For urgent inquiries you can contact the GGD on 030-6305400.
If your child has had coronavirus and symptoms reappear within 8 weeks, your child does not have to be tested again. Reinfection is rare, so there’s little benefit to retesting within the first 8 weeks after infection. That’s why children may still go to school if they get symptoms anytime within 8 weeks of having had the virus. If you want your child to get tested anyway, contact the municipal health service (GGD) to see if that’s possible. For more information, please view the government page on testing children for coronavirus.
Self-quarantining after close contact with someone with Covid-like symptoms or a positive Covid-19 test
Self-quarantining is key to keep our community safe. Students and staff members will need to self-quarantine:
- If someone in their household has symptoms related to Covid-19 (see below for more information) or tested positive for Covid-19.
- If someone in their class or (one of) their teacher(s) tested positive for Covid-19. Please follow the steps outlined in the translated letter from the ministry of public health, welfare and sport.
How long do students need to self-quarantine?
If students have been in close contact with a family member, a student in their class or one of their teachers who tested positive for Covid-19, it is strongly advised to have them tested on day 5 after the last day of contact with the infectious person. If this test is negative, they can leave the house again. If parents want to know if their child has Covid-19 before day 5, they can get them tested straight away. However, even if the result is negative, the child needs to stay in quarantine. They can get tested again on day 5. If parents don’t want to have their child tested, the child needs to be in quarantine for 10 days.
Guidelines for self-quarantining: primary students
Please note, that these guidelines have been updated on 15 March 2021. During the self-quarantining it is really important that the student stays home (they are allowed to play on the balcony or in the garden). This means for example that they can’t go to sports practice, music lessons or any other after school activity. If the student doesn’t have any cold-like symptoms, members of their household go outside. The student doesn’t need to keep distance from other members in the household, but it is important that you don’t have any visitors as long as your child(ren) is/are self-quarantining.
Secondary students and staff members can’t come to school
Secondary students and staff members should stay home if they have mild or severe cold symptoms and/or fever and/or shortness of breath and/or loss of sense of smell or taste. They should stay home and get themselves tested. For more information, please view the government page on testing for the coronavirus. They must also stay home and get tested if they have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus.
What should (primary and secondary) students and staff members do when someone in their household has symptoms that could indicate they have COVID-19?
- If someone in the household of a student or staff member has mild cold symptoms, but NO fever and/or shortness of breath, the student and staff member do not have to stay home.
- If someone in the household (except if this is a child under the age of 6) of a student or staff member 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.
In short, if the partner of a staff member has a fever and/or shortness of breath, the staff member needs to stay at home. However, if the partner of a staff member has mild cold symptoms, but no fever and/or shortness of breath, the staff member can come to school. The same applies to students and their family members.(https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/algemene-coronaregels/thuisquarantaine)
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 our community. We will continue to be GDPR compliant in our communications. For more information, please view the Covid-19 communication agreement .
Continuation of Learning Plan
Please ISUtrecht’s Continuation of Learning Plan here. The purpose of this document is to outline when and how ISUtrecht will continue to offer distance learning if and where required.
Students arriving (back) in the Netherlands: negative test result and self-quarantining
If you are arriving in the Netherlands it is important that you view the Dutch government travel check to determine whether you will need to self-quarantine before coming to school. You can do the online check here.
(new) Students who are arriving in the Netherlands need to self-quarantine (travelling from most countries) before coming to school, even if they do not have any symptoms or have a negative PCR test as part of travel requirements. (please note that if you travel to the Netherlands from most countries you will need to have a recent negative corona test result).
Even with a negative test result every member of the household will have to self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the Netherlands. This quarantine period can be shortened if you get tested on day 5 of the quarantine period. If this test is negative, you can go outside again and your child(ren) can return to school. For more information, please view the government page on self-quarantining.
Measures during the lockdown until 20 April
Updated 23 March 2021; source: government.nl
- Only go outdoors alone, with members of your household or in a group of no more than 2 people.
- You should receive no more than 1 visitors aged 13 or over at your home per day.
- You should not visit more than one other household per day
- The curfew remains until and including Tuesday 20 April. As of Wednesday 31 March the curfew will start one hour later, at 22.00 instead of at 21.00
- Shops selling essentials such as food are open
- Prior to visiting any other shop, customers should book an appointment
- All restaurants and cafe’s remain closed
- Contact-based professions including hairdressers, nail salons, beauticians etc. are open
- Cinema’s, museums, theaters, concert halls, zoos and amusement parks are closed
- All indoor sport venues, such as gyms and swimming pools are closed, with the exception of children aged 12 and under can attend swimming lessons to achieve their A, B or C diplomas
- Adults aged 27 and over can participate in sports activities at outdoor sports facilities in groups of up to 4 people. They must stay 1.5 metres apart.
- Young people and children aged up to 27 yrs and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children and young people at the same club, but only outdoors.
- You are strongly advised to work from home.
- Public transport is for essential travel only
- Do not book any foreign travel up to and including 15 May at the earliest and do not travel abroad.
For more information, please read the government press release, published on 23 March. Please note that the next government press conference will be held on Tuesday 13 April.
Useful documents and links
- This letter contains all the information, guidelines and student expectations regarding the reopening of secondary from Tuesday 2 March.
- 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).
Articles and resources from the school support team
- Online safety and distance learning
- A poster filled with tips about wellbeing and online learning
- ‘How to talk to kids about the coronavirus’. A helpful article written by school psychologist Elzemiek Chell. In this article you will also find links to books and videos you could read/watch with your child(ren).
- A clear poster, with the tips from the article about how to talk to your children about the coronavirus