Safety and Hygiene Protocol


Updated on May 13, 2022


During the Corona pandemic, it is our highest priority to minimize health threats for students, teachers and other school staff and to ensure that on-site teaching can be conducted as regularly as possible. We want the whole FIS Community to feel safe and school operations to run largely as usual.

This safety and hygiene protocol informs FIS parents, students, teachers and all other employees about the individual measures and routines.

Basic Hygiene Measures

  • Washing of Hands: regular washing with soap for at least 20-30 seconds
  • Social Distance: wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 meters should be maintained in the school building
  • Cough and Sneeze Etiquette: cough or sneeze into elbow or a tissue
  • Ventilation: all rooms should continue to be ventilated at least every 45 minutes for several minutes through fully open windows. The mobile air purifiers can still be used.

Mask Use

Wearing a mask is generally recommended indoors. A mask can also be worn voluntarily in class.

Wearing a mask is especially recommended in hallways, stairways and other indoor meeting areas, as well as after a confirmed case of infection in the class for five school days.

As an important element of infection protection, wearing a mask is recommended in the school buses. In local public transport, the mask requirement applies.

Procedure for a Case of Symptoms

The basic rule is: if you are sick, stay at home – regardless of whether SARS-CoV-2 is suspected or not.

If you have typical SARS-CoV-2 symptoms (shortness of breath, new cough, fever and loss of smell or taste), you should see a doctor.

In case of mild symptoms, such as a runny nose or a sore throat, it is recommended to do a self-test at home before coming to the school. Alternatively, a rapid antigen test at the family doctor (GP) or in the test center can provide information about possible infection.

From May 2022, there are no more tests in the school and no self-tests can be issued for home use.

In addition, in case of mild cold symptoms, wearing a mask can prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from being passed on.

Procedure for a Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 Case

In the event of confirmed infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the following binding requirements apply according to the general decree of the State Ministry of Health and Care (AV Isolation):

  • A person who tests positive (PCR test or rapid antigen test by trained staff) is generally isolated for at least five days and is not allowed to attend the school. Persons who have tested positive must go into isolation immediately after learning of the positive test result.
  • The isolation can be ended after five days at the earliest if there have been no symptoms for at least 48 hours.
  • If there has not been a symptom-free period for at least 48 hours on day five of isolation, the isolation continues for the time being. It ends when the person concerned has been symptom-free for at least 48 hours, and no later than after 10 days.
  • A “free” test is not required to end the isolation. The school can therefore be attended again after 10 days at least.
  • For the period of five days after the isolation, the Ministry of Health recommends wearing an FFP2 mask (also in the school).

The information about a positive test is helpful for the school.

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