All staff and students will be provided with COVID-19 self-test kits that are to be taken home and used twice a week for routine screening. COVID-19 self-tests are not designed to replace the official tests provided by the GGD.
In case of a positive result on a home test
Your child, and any siblings, must stay home and the household must go into self-quarantine. Inform the school by contacting reception (firstname.lastname@example.org) and complete the ‘report an absence’ form. It is important that you contact the GGD to inform them of your child’s positive test result, and to arrange an official test. This will allow them to start contact tracing right away, which can help contain a potential outbreak at school.
In case of a negative result on a home test
A negative result is valid for 48 hours and indicates that your child can come to school. However, should your child experience any coronavirus symptoms, the negative test result should be disregarded. Anyone with symptoms will need to stay home and get tested by the GGD – even if their symptoms are mild, or a self-test is negative.
Home test kits are for routine screening only and are not designed to replace the official tests provided by the GGD. All families are reminded that if you develop any of the symptoms listed below, or your home test result is positive, you need to contact the GGD directly to schedule a test by calling 0800-1202 or via coronatest.nl.
- Cold-like symptoms (such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
- Coughing Shortness of breath
- Elevated temperature or fever
- Sudden loss of smell and/or taste (without nasal congestion)
Follow the quarantine advice provided by the GGD. You will not be able to return to on-site education until everyone in the household is symptom-free, has completed the quarantine or has had a negative test result. Parents report absences by completing the absence form before 08:30 for everyday of the absence.
For more information, refer to the guidelines from the RIVM.
Health and safety
All students and staff are expected to adhere to all health and safety rules when at school, including maintaining a 1,5m distance from adults at all times. Students and staff members need to wear face masks in all areas at ESH Secondary.
Health and safety rules:
- Test at home twice a week
- Wear a face mask
- Keep 1,5m distance from others
- Clean your desk and chair when entering and leaving a room
- Keep to the right in corridors and on stairs
- Follow the one-way system in the school building & on stairs
- Wash your hands regularly with soap or disinfect your hands
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow & use paper tissues to blow your nose
- Don't shake hands or hug people
Safe morning and lunch breaks
From Thursday 3 June, our original timetable will be reinstated, meaning lunch breaks will be split into two shifts to reduce crowding. Without a school bell to announce the end of lessons, teachers will release students organically so they can make their way outside without overcrowding the corridors. As the weather is warm, all breaks will be taken outdoors. Students will eat their lunch outdoors in the fresh air. To reduce crowding in the Canteen, only those students who have ordered a warm lunch will be able to eat in the Canteen, before going outdoors.
Cleaning and ventilation
As a newly renovated building, the Secondary school building uses a state-of-the-art mechanical ventilation system. A technical analysis of the ventilation systems found that there is no re-circulation of air, confirming that the ventilation in our building minimizes the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. The analysis concluded that our buildings are safe to be used.
In addition to this, classrooms and corridors will be ventilated between lessons and during the breaks by opening windows and doors. The three rounds of cleaning each day are carried out by Unidos, in compliance with the RIVM guidelines.
Quarantine rules apply
Following critical advice from the Dutch government, all community members are encouraged to avoid travelling abroad.
Check the following website to see which destinations are listed as red/orange, and if you are required to complete a 10 day quarantine upon return. These quarantine requirements apply to all ESH Secondary students, regardless of age: