Information other contact primary school

Information letter to accompany the LCI COVID-19 guidelines | Version of 14 April 2021 (for version management see Overview of information letters)

child care: cat 2 close contact | cat 3 other contact | not in the same group
primary school: cat 2 close contact cat 3 other contact | not in the same class
secondary school: cat 2 close contact | cat 3 other contact | not in the same class

 

Disclaimer: deze vertaling betreft de situatie voor de BCO-wijziging van 8 juli en wordt z.s.m. aangepast

 

Information for parents/carers of children who had other contact with someone who tested positive (primary school)

 

Dear parent(s)/carer(s),

While at school, your child was near another child or an employee who has COVID-19 (a coronavirus infection). That is why you are receiving this letter. Note: this is important information.

What does this mean for your child?

Your child may be infected with the coronavirus. Since the risk of infection was very small, your child may go to childcare as long as your child does not have any symptoms. You must monitor your child’s health for 10 days.
In addition, we recommend that your child be tested.

If your child develops symptoms

If your child develops symptoms, he or she may not go outside. Your child must stay home and may not have any contact with people outside the household, until the test results are known.

  • cold symptoms: nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat
  • coughing
  • sudden loss of smell and taste
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • elevated temperature or fever. If you think your child has a fever, take the child’s temperature (rectally or using an ear thermometer). A temperature of 38.0°C or higher is considered a fever.

 

You can make an appointment for a free COVID-19 test by calling the national test line: 0800-1202. There is a short video on the RIVM website explaining how to go into quarantine (in Dutch only).
In addition to cold symptoms, does your child also have a fever and/or shortness of breath? Then all household members must stay home.

Testing without symptoms on day 5:

Even if your child does not have any symptoms, it is advisable to have the child tested. This allows us to detect the coronavirus quickly, even before someone develops symptoms. The recommendation is to get tested for COVID-19 from 5 days after the last contact with the person who tested positive.
Your child can go to school while you are waiting for the test results, as long as he/she does not have any symptoms.

If the test result is positive (an infection is detected), your child will go into home isolation. In that case, other household members must also stay home. The Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) will contact you.

Please strictly observe the current general measures. The most important ones are listed below.

Rules during quarantine

 Activities and distancing

  • Make sure your child avoids crowds as much as possible.
  • Your child does not have to distance from the people in your household.
  • If your child has no symptoms, he/she may go to childcare and participate in group activities, such as sports. 

Hygiene

  • Your child must wash his/her hands regularly with soap and water. Your child must always wash hands:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after using the toilet;
    • before preparing or eating food.
  • Your child must use a paper tissue when coughing. If your child does not have a paper tissue available, then teach the child to cough into the bend of his/her elbow.
  • Your child must use a tissue only once, throw the tissue away after use, and then wash his/her hands.

More information or questions?

We understand that the situation may raise many concerns and questions. Do you have questions about COVID-19 or the coronavirus? Or do you have concerns about your child’s symptoms? Are you concerned about the risk to yourself or other household members? For example, because you or another household member is in a COVID-19 risk group? Then consult your treating physician and the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) for advice in your specific situation. Is your child seriously ill and in need of medical assistance? Call your GP before taking your child to that location. Tell them that your child has been near someone with COVID-19.

You can find more information about children and COVID-19 at RIVM.nl.