COVID-19 Guidelines

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 (vaccinated or unvaccinated), that student or staff member is required to quarantine for seven days. After five days, however, they can be released with a negative rapid antigen test or negative PCR test on the fifth day and can return to school on that day. In both cases, the student or staff member should be asymptomatic.
  • If there is a COVID-19 illness in class, anyone who has been in close contact with the infected person and does not show any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection can attend school. However, all those who were in close contact must wear a mask covering the mouth and nose for 5 days from the date of close contact (potential exposure) with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person.
  • If a family member (parent or sibling, for example) tests positive for COVID-19, the same rules apply. That is, those who have been in close contact with the family member must wear a mask on campus covering the mouth and nose for 5 days from the date of close contact (potential exposure) with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person.

And remember, stay home if sick!

People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home. Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin. People who are at risk for getting very sick with COVID-19 who test positive should consult with a healthcare provider right away for possible treatment, even if their symptoms are mild. Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases, including COVID-19, to other people.

I have included the official language regarding the most recent update below:

COVID-19 procedure change
3.1.1 Procedure to be followed in the case of a public education or vocational training institution

In accordance with point 2.1, the family doctor/treating doctor/attending doctor reports the infection to the OSZIR Infectious Patient reporting subsystem. In the case of kindergartens, the Office of Education may order an extraordinary break for a fixed period of time, upon the initiative of the State Secretariat for Public Education of the Ministry of the Interior, in justified cases.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 infection, a person who has been in close contact with the infected person and does not show any symptoms suspicious of a COVID-19 infection can visit the public educational institution – whether as a worker, kindergartener, or student . You must wear a mask covering your mouth and nose for 5 days from the date of close contact (potential exposure) with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person .

If the contact person shows symptoms suspicious of a COVID-19 infection, it is necessary to take measures according to point 2 of the Procedures (rapid antigen test or PCR test, isolation).

Pursuant to this, we will no longer officially (in a decision) order home quarantine in the case of close contacts in the public educational institution.

The above regulations are already applicable during ongoing epidemiological surveillance.

In the case of employees working in public educational institutions and persons visiting there, a laboratory test (antigen rapid test or PCR test) must be performed when suspicious symptoms appear, and a person confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 must be reported to OSZIR and isolated for 7 days. The duration of the isolation can be shortened, if the person infected with COVID-19 has no fever and respiratory symptoms have disappeared on the 4th day of the isolation, then on the 5th day from the onset of the symptoms, a rapid antigen test can be performed, and if the result is negative, the isolation can be lifted.