Informatiebrief voortgezet onderwijs - nauw contact - Engels

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Information letter for secondary education - close contact
 

Please note! This information is important for you.

Dear pupil and parent(s)/guardian(s),

This letter has been sent to you because, while at school, you were in close contact with another pupil or an employee who has corona. This letter provides you with more information as well as rules to be followed. The letter makes a distinction between the rules that have to be followed depending on whether you are protected against corona or not. 

Protected against corona

You are sufficiently protected against a (new) infection with corona if:

  • you received a second vaccination with a vaccine from AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna 14 days ago or earlier, or
  • you received 1 vaccination with one of these vaccines 14 days ago or earlier and you previously had corona, or
  • you received 1 vaccination with the Janssen vaccine 28 days ago or earlier, or
  • you had corona within the last 6 months (180 days).
     

In that case, you do not have to go into quarantine and do not have to get tested as long as you do not have any symptoms. However, it is important for you to closely monitor your health. If you develop any symptoms associated with corona, such as:

  • cold-like symptoms: nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat
  • coughing
  • tightness of the chest or shortness of breath
  • a high temperature or a fever
  • sudden loss of smell and/or taste.
     

Then you should immediately make an appointment for a test at the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD) via 0800-1202 or coronatest.nl. Never do a self-test if you have any symptoms.

Not protected against corona

If none of the above scenarios apply to you, then the following rules apply to you. By doing so, you will help prevent other persons around you from becoming infected.

1. You should go into quarantine

You must immediately remain at home in quarantine, as you can still become sick after your last contact with the person who has corona. By staying at home, you minimise the likelihood of infecting others in case it turns out that you do have corona.

The rules for living in quarantine can be found at the bottom of this letter. If you need assistance with quarantine, you can read this folder with more information and tips.

If you become seriously ill and need medical assistance during quarantine, you should immediately call your general practitioner and explain that you have been in close contact with someone who has corona.

2. Have yourself tested

Have yourself tested for corona at the municipal health service (GGD) 5 days after your last contact with the person who has corona. This test is to determine whether you may end your quarantine. If your test is negative, you may end your quarantine. You can make an appointment with the GGD for the test by calling 0800-2035.

3. Symptoms

You should keep a close eye on your health during the next 10 days to see if you develop any symptoms during your quarantine that are associated with corona, such as:

  • cold-like symptoms: nasal congestion, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat;
  • coughing
  • tightness of the chest or shortness of breath
  • a temperature or fever
  • sudden loss of smell and/or taste.

If you develop any of the above symptoms, then it's important to have yourself tested as soon as possible at the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD) by calling 0800-2035.

If you develop any symptoms associated with corona while you are no longer in quarantine, you should immediately make an appointment with the GGD to get tested by calling 0800-1202 or online at coronatest.nl. Never do a self-test if you have any symptoms.

Rules of behaviour during quarantine

It is important that you follow the rules of behaviour. By doing so, you help to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further and infecting other persons around you.

Staying at home and maintaining social distancing

  • During the period of quarantine, you must remain at home. You may not go to school or participate in group activities such as sports. However, you may go into the garden or onto the balcony.
  • You should not have any contact with persons outside your household. Try to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m from housemates.
  • Do not welcome any visitors at your home.

Hygiene

  • Regularly wash your hands with water and soap. Always do so:
    • after coughing and sneezing
    • after going to the toilet
    • before preparing or eating food.
  • Use a paper tissue if you cough, or else cough in the fold of your elbow.
  • You should use a tissue only once, after which you should dispose of it in the waste and wash your hands.

More information or questions for parent(s)/guardian(s)

We understand that the situation at hand can lead to concern and questions. Do you have any questions about corona at your child’s school? Or do you have any doubts regarding the symptoms displayed by your child? Then you should telephone the Municipal Public Health Services (GGD). For specific information about corona in schools and the educational sector, go to Rijksoverheid.nl and rivm.nl. You can also call the information number 0800-1351.