Information other contact secondary school

Information letter to accompany the LCI COVID-19 guidelines | Version of 21 April 2021 (for version management see Overview of information letters

 

 

Information for a pupil (and their parents/carers) who had other contact with someone who tested positive (secondary school) 

 

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

While you were at school, you were near someone 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 you?

You may be infected with the coronavirus. Since the risk of infection was very small, you may go to school as long as you do not have any symptoms. 

You must monitor your health for 10 days.
In addition, we recommend that you get tested.

Do you have symptoms?

If you develop symptoms, you may not go outside. You 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 you might have a fever, take your 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 children are tested . In addition to cold symptoms, do you also have a fever and/or shortness of breath? Then all household members must stay home.

Testing without symptoms on day 5:

Even if you do not have any symptoms, it is good to get tested. This allows us to detect the coronavirus quickly, even before you have symptoms. The recommendation is to get tested for COVID-19 from 5 days after the last contact with the person who tested positive.

Testing right away

You can get tested right away if you have been told that you had contact with someone who has COVID-19, for example if you are concerned. Sometimes you can use a self-test at school as soon as it is known that someone at school has COVID-19. The school will give you more information about this. It is your own decision whether you want to use a self-test.
Are you unable to use a self-test at school, or would you prefer not to? Then make an appointment to get tested by calling 0800-2035. You can go to school as usual while waiting for the test results, as long as you do not have any symptoms.

If the test result is positive (an infection is detected), you will go into home isolation. In that case, your 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 you avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • You do not have to distance from the people in your household.
  • If you do not have symptoms, you may attend school and participate in group activities, such as sports. 

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. You must always wash hands:
    • after coughing and sneezing;
    • after using the toilet;
    • before preparing or eating food.
  • You must use a paper tissue when coughing. If you do not have a paper tissue available, cough into the bend of your elbow.
  • Use a tissue only once, throw the tissue away after use, and then wash your hands.

Extra information for your parents/carers

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.