Latest Announcement from the Ministry of Education

(Last update: September 7, 2022)

  • Face masks are optional in indoor and outdoor spaces. Preventative measures such as the use of hand sanitizers, regular ventilation, regular cleaning/disinfection of surfaces and equipment, separate breaks, etc. are still in effect.
  • The weekly preventative self-test is NO longer mandatory for students and staff members.
  • The unvaccinated faculty members will perform one (1) rapid test, at their own expense, 48 hours prior to work every Tuesday.

In case of a COVID-19 laboratory-confirmed case:

  • The student or faculty member must quarantine at home for at least 5 days from the date of the laboratory test, the date of the laboratory test is considered day zero (0.) 
  • The student/faculty member may return to school at least five (5) days after the date of the positive test AND one (1) day after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND the symptoms must be in remission. 
  • If the fever or symptoms persist, the quarantine period will be extended.
  • A KN95/N95/FFP2 or double mask is required for 5 days after the quarantine ends.

Clarifications:

  • In case of a positive self-test, the student must NOT come to school. Confirmation with a laboratory test (rapid or PCR) is required.
  • In case of a laboratory-confirmed case, the Health Office and the Administration Team (Principal and Citizenship Coordinator) of each school must be informed.
  • If a student develops (mild) cold symptoms, please keep him/her home and consult with your physician for further evaluation.
  • There will be no contact tracing in regard to school close contacts. In cases where there is an increased number of covid-19 confirmed cases, the parents will be notified via email.

Protocol and guidelines for suspected/confirmed cases of COVID-19 for faculty members and students

(Last update: September 7, 2022)

COVID-19 CASE(S) MANAGEMENT

SUSPECTED CASES

a) Students with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection.

If a student experiences any symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection outside of school hours, the parents/guardians must keep the student home, seek medical evaluation and inform the Health Center and Citizenship Office.

If a student experiences any symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection during school hours, he/she MUST come to the Health Center. The parents will be notified to pick the student up from school. 

The parents will be requested to seek medical evaluation immediately. Upon a physician’s evaluation, if the symptoms are deemed compatible with COVID-19 infection, the COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) must be considered a priority and done immediately. It is noted that in this case the self-test is NOT recommended. While waiting for the results, the student should be quarantined at home, in a well-ventilated room. The school will continue to operate as normal.  If for any reason, the student does NOT get tested despite the recommendations, he/she MUST not attend school for 10 days since the onset of the symptoms and until 3 fever-free days have passed (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and his/her symptoms are in remission.  For the student to return to school, the existing self-testing procedure must be followed. 

If the physician considers the symptoms NOT to be compatible with COVID-19 infection and has a different diagnosis, the student may return to school 24 hours after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and when the symptoms are in remission or the health issue (not COVID-19 related) is gone. A doctor’s note is not required in order to return to school. 

b) Faculty and staff members with symptoms compatible to COVID-19 infection

If a faculty member experiences symptoms compatible with a COVID-19 infection outside of school hours, he/she MUST inform the supervisor, the Health Center, and stay home.

If a faculty member experiences symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection during school hours, he/she MUST come to the Health Center, inform the supervisor, and leave school. 

The staff member(s) will be requested to seek medical evaluation immediately. Upon physician’s evaluation, if the symptoms are deemed compatible with COVID-19 infection, the COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) must be considered a priority and done immediately. 

While waiting for the results, the staff member should be quarantined at home, in a well-ventilated room. The school will continue to operate as normal.

CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES (POSITIVE TESTS) – IMMEDIATE ACTIONS

Guidelines for COVID-19 confirmed cases:

The student or faculty member MUST leave school and stay isolated at home for at least five(5) days after the onset of the symptoms AND one (1) day after the fever has subsided (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND the symptoms must be in remission. 

A KN95/N95/FFP2 or double mask is required for 5 days after the quarantine ends.

During the self-isolation period, the student or faculty member who tested positive must:

Refrain from any after-school activities or other unnecessary out-of-home movements or having contact with people from outside of their home (i.e. walks, meeting friends, etc.)

Strictly avoid any contact with vulnerable people who belong to high-risk groups and are susceptible to getting seriously sick.

Take all protective measures during contact with other family members. Remain in a separate room and use a different bathroom (if possible) and must strictly have 1.5 meters distance from one another and all family members must wear masks. Hand hygiene, good ventilation, and thorough cleaning with detergent in communal spaces must be practiced for all family members.

Return to school: individuals with confirmed COVID-19 infection 

The student/faculty member may return to school at least 5 days after the date of the positive test. The confirmed case must be fever-free for at least 24 hours, asymptomatic, or his/her symptoms must be significantly improving. In cases where the student/faculty member suffers from a severe illness or is immune suppressed, the required time from the onset of the symptoms can be up to 20 days, depending on the physician’s evaluation.

IN CASE THE COVID-19 TEST OF THE SUSPECTED CASE IS NEGATIVE:

If the test result is NEGATIVE, the student/faculty member may return to school 24 hours after the fever has subsided, without the use of fever-reducing medication, and his/her other symptoms are in remission as this is the appropriate period of recovering from common respiratory infections.  

A doctor’s note is not required in order to return to school.

WHILE WAITING FOR THE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS:

The suspected case remains at home in self-isolation.