Covid-19 FAQs

for Kindergarten & Primary School

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Frequently Asked Questions for Kindergarten & Primary

If you do not find an answer to your question, please do not hesitate to contact our school office at info@tandem-ims.ch.

Break Times

25.01.2021

During lunch and break times, children will only be permitted to sit and play with members of their own class.

Children from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 3 will eat in the lunch room but will have their designated seats and will be served their food to avoid mixing. 

Children from Primary 4 to 6 will collect their lunch and eat in their own classroom adhering to the social distance of >1.5m where possible.

Children should not share snacks or drinks.  Birthday cakes/treats should come pre-packaged.

Case Management - Suspected and Confirmed Case

05.03.2021

In the event that a pupil or staff member shows symptoms of Covid-19 while at school, the pupil or staff member in question will be removed from the class immediately and is asked to contact their doctor to see if a Covid-19 test must be taken.

When we receive the confirmation of a positive test, we will immediately make contact with the Contact Tracing Team and designated cantonal school doctor. Each case is looked at individually by the authorities and they will confirm the next steps. The parents of this class will receive an information email that a child/staff member of the class has tested positive.  This will also state whether or not classes will continue, or whether or not the authorities ask us to quarantine a class or other groups deemed to be at risk.

Kindergarten 1 to Primary 3

There is no general mask mandate in place for pupils from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 3. If one pupil from one of these classes tests positive, generally the entire class of said pupil will be placed in quarantine including teachers who wear masks. If a teacher from one of these classes tests positive, most likely only the teacher in question will be placed in isolation due to the mask mandate. School for this class will most likely be able to continue normally.

Primary 4 to 6

There is a general mask mandate in place for pupils from Primary 4 to 6. If one pupil or teacher tests positive, only that pupil/teacher will be put into isolation. Only people who have been in close contact with the infected person while not wearing a mask will be placed in quarantine. School for the rest of this class may continue normally.

>> Although these are the general rules, we must point out that depending on each individual case, and in conjunction with specific advice and orders from the authorities, this suggestion might be adapted.

>> In case of an entire class being put in quarantine, this class will do home-schooling with work to be completed according to a set plan as directed by the class teachers.

 

Case Management - Suspected Contact

02.09.2020

We would like to ask that all family members consider the health of everyone in their households before sending their child/children to school.

If anyone in your household, or any other family and friends that you have had contact with, start to develop Covid-19 symptoms, please keep your child at home until you know that the person has been tested and given the all clear. A reminder that even if your child appears fine, without symptoms, but they may have had contact with someone who has developed symptoms, we insist that you keep your child at home.

A simplified version of our sickness policy is now presented in a flowchart on our website and you can access it by clicking here. If you have any questions, or are uncertain about sending your child to school, please call the office before sending your child for advice on how to proceed.

Class Size

13.08.2020

The lessons take place for the whole class in their classroom.

Classes will continue to remain separate where possible. 

Covid-19 Test

11.09.2020

If it is recommended by your child's paediatrician that your child should take a Covid-19 test, we kindly ask that you inform us immediately and provide us with the result paper as soon as received, even if it is negative. Only once the negative result has been received by the school, the child may return to school. If there is a positive result, your child and family members in the same household will be placed in isolation/quarantine. You will be given a date by the authorities that you and your child/children are allowed to return to school (and work). This confirmation will also need to be supplied to the school before your child/children’s return.

In addition, as stated by the authorities, the return after quarantine will only be permitted if your child and all other persons living in the same household have been symptom-free for 48 hours before the quarantine period expires.

French

06.05.2020

Children attending French classes on Wednesday afternoons and on Fridays, will remain separated as much as possible, but full separation during these times is not possible.  Registers of children present in each group will however be taken during each session.

Health Declaration: confirmed by all parents

26.10.2020

The below Health Declaration was confirmed by our parents before sending their child to school and continues to be confirmed by new starting families.

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With this Health Declaration, you confirm that you will only send your child to school under the following conditions: 

My child and all other persons living in our household have no symptoms of Covid-19:
• sore throat
• persistent cough
• shortness of breath
• chest pain
• fever (37.9 degrees or higher)
• loss of sense of smell and/or taste
• body aches

Our child has not knowingly been in contact with a person who has Covid-19 symptoms.

No member of our family, or a person whom our family has been in contact with, is planning to take a Covid-19 test or awaiting a Covid-19 test result due to symptoms.

Hygiene: General Measures

13.08.2020

The following government rules regarding conduct and hygiene still apply:

  • Keep your distance - at least 1.5 meters between adults or wear a face mask
  • Wash hands thoroughly
  • Avoid handshakes 
  • Cough and sneeze in a handkerchief or the crook of your arm 
  • Stay at home when symptoms of sickness appear

Pupils will continue to be regularly trained in the correct application of the rules regarding conduct and hygiene.

Hygiene: Hands

06.05.2020

All persons must wash their hands regularly with soap and water, i.e. at least on arrival at school in the morning, after the morning break, and before the start of lessons in the afternoon. 

  • Liquid soap dispensers and paper towels are available at all wash basins in the school. 
  • Teachers have disinfectant for their own use in the classroom room - as before the lockdown. Children must not use these disinfectants. In general, thorough hand washing is more effective than the use of disinfectants. 

Hygiene: Cleaning

06.05.2020

Cleaning

  • Surfaces, window and door handles, handrails, washbasins, toilet bowls, keyboards etc. will be cleaned regularly (at least once a day).
  • Cleaning agents are provided in every room so that surfaces, handles etc. can be cleaned at any time if necessary. 
  • Cleaning during the day is carried out by the school's staff and the children will also take responsibility for cleaning their own desks and chairs.
  • After lessons, at the end of the day, the teachers, trainees and apprentices will be responsible for the disinfecting of communal areas - handrails, door handles etc. Teachers are asked to ensure that before leaving the school that the tables, main surfaces, door and window handles are disinfected with the provided disinfectant.  
  • Further cleaning and disinfection will be conducted by the cleaners once the school is closed.  

Waste Bins and Waste Disposal

Bins with lids are in each classroom.  Waste bins for used paper towels and handkerchiefs are emptied daily. 

Hygiene: Face Masks / Ventilation (last update: 28.06.2021)

28.06.2021

Face Masks

In our Kindergarten and Primary school, teachers are able to remove their masks in the classroom when they are at least 1.5m away from the children or their colleagues.

On the playground, teachers will no longer have to wear masks when they are 1.5m away from children and colleagues.

When walking around the school’s corridors and communal areas, masks will still be worn by staff members. Staff serving lunch and providing snacks will still wear masks during lunch and snack times.

Parents are still required to wear a mask at pick-up times, as a 1.5m distance cannot be maintained on the school’s courtyard. Teachers will also wear a mask at this time.

It remains that parents cannot yet enter the building without an appointment. Even with an appointment, a mask must still be worn.

Ventilation:

All rooms will be ventilated regularly and extensively, and the classrooms should be ventilated after each lesson by opening the windows.

Late Care and Early Care

13.08.2020

Children attending Early and Late Care, as well as those in French classes on Wednesday afternoons and on Fridays, will remain separated as much as possible, but full separation during these times is not possible.  Registers of children present in each group will however be taken during each session.

Lessons: Sport, Swimming, Library and Woodworking

13.08.2020

Children will again be allowed to use external facilities including: library, sports hall, swimming pool and wood-working room.  Extra disinfectant and hygiene measures are implemented.

Lunches

24.02.2021

During lunch and break times, children will only be permitted to sit and play with members of their own class.

Children from Kindergarten 1 to Primary 3 will eat in the lunchroom but will have their designated seats and will be served their food to avoid mixing.  Children from Primary 4 to 6 will collect lunch and eat in their respective classroom adhering to the social distance of >1.5m where possible.

Children should not share snacks or drinks.  Birthday cakes/treats should come pre-packaged.

Parent Queries

13.08.2020

An email or telephone call should take place instead of a meeting at school.

Parents of Kindergarten and Primary School, in general, should not enter the school building. But whenever they have been granted permission to do so, they must wear a mask the entire time.

Playground and Drop-Off/Collection Area

13.08.2020

While on school premises, parents and pupils from 4th grade must wear a mask and keep a distance of >1.5m. Whenever possible, parents should make sure their child(ren) do not mix with children from other groups/classes. Everyone should vacate the premises as soon as possible.

School Events, Camps and Excursions

13.08.2020

Excursions will be allowed to take place again, though each one will be specifically risk assessed with measures implemented to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The use of public transport is to be avoided wherever possible.

Overnight camps are not permitted until further notice.

Children will again be allowed to use external facilities including library, sports hall, swimming pool and wood-working room.  Extra disinfectant and hygiene measures are implemented.

Sickness Policy (update 22.10.20)

Non-negotiable under any circumstances

22.10.2020

Children with the following Coronavirus symptoms: sore throat, persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever (37.9°C or higher), loss of sense of smell and/or taste and/or body ache are required to stay at home and parents are to contact their child's paediatrician.

Additionally, if a child showing any of the above-mentioned symptoms has a sibling at the school, we also insist that the sibling/s is/are kept at home.

If the child takes a Coronavirus test and receives a negative result, they will be able to return to school as soon as they have been symptom-free for 48hours. Please submit the negative result to the school office immediately.

For other illnesses, including fever (37.9°C or high), vomiting and diarrhoea, children must be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.

Children who are ill at school will have their parents called and the child must be collected within 30 minutes.  

If any children, or their direct family members, test positive for Covid-19, the school must be informed immediately. The cantonal doctor will then be informed by the School Director to assess the situation and to decide any necessary measures for the school.

Social Distancing

13.08.2020

A distance of 1.5 meters must always be maintained between adults. Among children, the distance rules cannot be fully observed, but the children will be encouraged to not come too close to their teachers and peers - and contact should certainly be avoided. 

  • Children must go straight to their classrooms (and wash their hands) on arrival at school.
  • Children who are early are not allowed to enter the staircase and must wait outside.
  • Parents of Kindergarten and Primary children must not enter the building without an appointment. 

We also kindly ask you not to mix with families with children from other groups in their free time whenever possible.

Returning from Abroad

Children/families returning from an area or country which requires them to remain in quarantine must do so.  Even if a negative test result is produced after arrival back in Switzerland, the full quarantine period (normally 10 days) must be completed before a child can return to school.  A link with further information and a list of areas requiring quarantine on return to Switzerland can be found here.

Travelling to School

13.08.2020

According to the Federal Office of Public Health people over the age of 12 must wear a mask on all forms of public transport. Children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a mask.