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Preventing the spread of the coronavirus

Preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the 2022/2023 academic year

Updated 15.09.2022

1. Hand hygiene and protective equipment
1.1. On the walls of the school buildings and the cafeteria and lobby of the fitness centre, there are automatic hand sanitiser stations and signs “Wash or disinfect your hands thoroughly”. In all classes of both school buildings, it is possible to use the disinfectant in the bottle with a pump.
1.2. The canteen and toilets shall have soap dispensers and signs “Wash your hands thoroughly”. Washing your hands with soap before eating and after using the bathroom is a must.
1.3. Before and after using a standard educational tool (for example, an iPad or computer), hands should be disinfected or washed with soap.

2. Entering the house
2.1. We advise parents not to come to the schoolhouse unless it is necessary. When entering the school building, please disinfect your hands.
2.2. Meetings and family conversations with the teacher occur by prior agreement.

3. Studies, training and hobby activities
3.1. Studies and hobby activities shall occur in the most routine manner possible.
3.2. During recess, the rooms are ventilated.

4. Getting sick
4.1. In addition to the coronavirus, other colds and viral diseases with a high risk of infection is spreading, which is why sending a child to school must be avoided if any signs of illness appear.
4.2. In case of fever, cough, runny nose or other signs of illness, it is forbidden to participate in school.
4.3. A teacher or coach has the right to send home a student with signs of illness.
4.4. If a student or other family member has contracted a viral infection, the parent shall immediately notify the class teacher.
4.5. For security reasons, students with symptoms of the disease are immediately sent to the school nurse for an examination at school. If a viral disease is suspected, the school nurse immediately contacts the parent, advises on symptomatic treatment and sends the student home.

5. Quarantine regime, testing and vaccination
5.1. In the case of close contact in general education schools, the simplified quarantine regime.
5.2. The simplified quarantine applies to children and young people up to 18 years of age (and students who will turn 19 in the 2022/2023 academic year) at school or child care institution (incl. hobby activities, sports and training).
5.3. In the event of close contact at school, all students without signs of illness may continue attending school, including participation in hobby activities and training, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or unvaccinated.
5.4. If the rapid antigen test is positive, but there are no symptoms, then you should stay at home and do a repeat test the next day. If this is also positive, contact your family doctor.
5.5. A person who has received a positive rapid test with symptoms must stay at home until recovery, but not less than five days (provided that there has been no fever for at least 24 hours). If necessary, contact your family doctor or the family doctor’s advice line by calling 1220 and act in accordance with the instructions received.
5.6. If students in a class or group must be in quarantine or isolation (either when infected with COVID-19 or in case of an extracurricular close contact), the rest will continue contact learning.
5.7. The school shall organise rapid testing of pupils, teachers and other school staff as necessary.

5.7.1. Based on the recommendations of the Health Board, symptomatic students and all students and employees who have been in contact with the infection case are tested. The school shall provide Rapid test kits for pupils and staff. Students in classes with an infection case receive tests from their class teacher. If necessary, a parent can ask for tests for a sick child from a school aunt. Each student and employee performs the rapid test. When performing rapid tests, it is essential to follow the test manual to ensure reliable results. If a match with a sample from the nose is placed in the solution, then the answer should be allowed to stand for about 1 minute after that. If this time is not waited for, then the accuracy of the test may suffer. The test must be done twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, before coming to school until the symptoms disappear.

5.7.2. If the parent does not agree to the child’s testing, a corresponding notice must be sent (if it has already been shipped, you do not have to do that again) to the school’s e-mail address [email protected] or on paper with the student to the school.
5.7.3. Without the parent’s consent, children are not tested at school. If there are signs of illness, the school nurse can do an initial rapid test, but the parent’s prior consent is always sought for testing.

5.8. The school does not carry out Covid-19 vaccination; if necessary, we cooperate with the relevant authorities. The school also does not organise rapid testing and mediation of PCR tests for parents. More information about vaccination can be found on the website vaktsineeri.ee.
5.9. Based on the actual situation (emergence of outbreaks, speed of spread of the virus, etc.) and based on the risk assessment, the school shall additionally implement the necessary activities (regular testing of the entire school family, dispersion of studies, restriction of entry to the school building, etc.).

6. Travel and return
6.1. In the case of trips abroad, the rules in force in the destination country must be followed.
6.2. Up-to-date information on infection rates, movement restrictions and entry into Estonia can be found on the website kriis.ee.

Watch a video on how to do a rapid antigen test and what a student or employee does for themselves
The spread of the coronavirus and the field of education: instructions.