Safety and Hygiene Protocol

COVID-19

Background

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.

Code of Conduct

Personal hygiene

  • Regular washing of hands (washing with soap for at least 20-30 seconds)
  • Maintaining social distance of at least 1.5m in the whole school building, unless this hygiene protocol allows exceptions
  • Adhering to cough and sneeze etiquette (cough or sneeze into elbow or a tissue)
  • Refraining from physical contact (e. g. touching, embracing, handshaking), as long as the physical contact does not result from pedagogical needs arising during lessons
  • Refraining from touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Refraining from sharing items/materials with others

Mask use

From Monday, September 21, 2020, mask use is compulsory for all people aged 6 years or above who are moving on school grounds.

Mask use is not compulsory for:

  • Students younger than six years
  • Students and employees at the desk in the classroom or office
  • PHE lessons and Music lessons
  • Pedagogical procedures – with the teacher’s consent (e. g. experiments)
  • Break times – while eating and drinking
  • Medical reasons

Attending School / Staff Employment in Case of Symptoms

For mild cold symptoms such as a runny nose or occasional cough without a fever:

  • EY3 to Grade 4: school attendance possible, unless there is a change in the occurrence of infection
  • Grades 5 to 12: school attendance possible, if symptoms do not deteriorate 24 hours after first appearance

However, students with unclear symptoms should initially stay at home and see a doctor if necessary.

Sick students and staff with a reduced general condition like fever, cough, throat or earache, severe belly aches, vomiting or diarrhea may not attend school.

Re-admission to school after an illness is only possible once students have been free of symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours (apart from a slight cold or light cough). They should be free of fever for a minimum of 36 hours.

Persons who have been infected with the coronavirus or who show respective symptoms, or are in touch with an infected person, or who have had contact with an infected person less than 14 days ago, or are under any other quarantine measure, must not enter the school.

The responsible health authority decides if students and employees must undergo a 14-day quarantine on an individual basis.

Attending School with Chronic Diseases, Pre-existing Conditions

Early Years: Students with chronic diseases for which the cause of the symptoms is clear (e. g. hay fever, asthma), may attend school. A doctor’s certificate is not necessary.

Elementary and Secondary School: Due to the diversity of possible conditions with different characteristics, the individual risk assessment can always only be carried out by a doctor, who determines whether attending school on site is possible. If legal guardians or students who are of age ask for a release from on-site lessons, this can only be granted with a respective doctor’s certificate. The doctor’s certificate is valid for a maximum of three months. For a further release from on-site lessons, a renewed assessment by the doctor is necessary, together with the submission of a new doctor’s certificate, which is again valid for a maximum of three months.

Also for students whose pre-existing condition may be known to the school, the release from on-site lessons will only be approved on request of the affected person and after providing a respective doctor’s certificate.

It is also necessary to provide a respective doctor’s certificate if persons with pre-existing conditions live in one household with the student.

Staff Employment

Due to the current number of infections, there are generally no limitations regarding the school’s whole staff employment. On principle, it is possible to protect oneself in every situation by adhering to the above-mentioned infection protection and hygiene measures, as well as by keeping social distance to students and other persons. For persons with risk factors that may result in a particularly heavy course of disease if infected with COVID-19, schools have received separate information.

For all pregnant employees, an employment ban is currently in place for the time being. It can be considered on an individual basis whether it is possible to create work conditions in a way which avoids dangers for the pregnant woman or her child to a maximum extent and excludes any irresponsible dangers.

Regular Procedure in all Classes in Case of a COVID-19 Infection

If a confirmed COVID-19 case occurs in a class or with a student, the whole class will be suspended from school for 14 days and has to undergo quarantine. All students in the class will be tested on day 1 after the discovery, as well as on day 5 to 7 after the first exposure of SARS-CoV-2. The health authority decides if teachers will be tested on an individual basis. Unless the health authority decides otherwise, regular classes can resume after the completion of the 14-day quarantine.

Teachers who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 have to undergo quarantine and must not teach. The health authority decides whether students or other teachers have to undergo a 14-day quarantine on an individual basis.

If a confirmed case occurs during the exams of the graduate classes, the whole class or rather all students in the final year will be tested for SARS-CoV-2 with priority. All students may, also without a SARS-CoV-2 test result on hand, interrupt the quarantine in order to take part in the final exams, under the condition that the hygiene protocol as well as extended social distancing (security distance of at least 2m), is strictly adhered to.

Visitors/Builders/Cleaning Staff

Visitors will be asked to complete a questionnaire before they may move around the school facilities. Wearing a mask is compulsory. Children under 6 years are exempted from this. Builders and Cleaning Staff, who are operating during the official FIS opening hours, are obliged to wear a mask when in a room with other people.

Documentation

The tracking of contact persons has to be ensured by the school (who had contact with whom and when?), including visitors like parents, technicians, etc.

Classrooms

Wherever possible, tables will be placed with a 1.5m distance, however it is not compulsory. The tables must be placed in rows with every student at their own desk.

If classes are mixed (e. g. language lessons), students from one class should be included in one group and sit with a distance of at least 1.5m to the next group.

Singing is possible if: 2m distance is being kept between the students, all students face the same direction and stand alternated, so that the dangers from aerosols are minimized.

During the warm season, teaching should take place with open windows. If this is not possible, classrooms have to be aired out after every lesson and once during the lesson for at least five minutes with the windows completely open. The doors have to be opened as well to ensure the air exchange. Tilting windows is not sufficient!

Food brought from home must not be shared.

Keyboards in IT Labs and IPads have to be cleaned after every use.

 Offices

Social distancing has to be adhered to and masks have to be worn, but there is no obligation to wear a mask while working at a desk.. The rooms have to be aired every hour out with the windows completely open. The doors have to be opened as well to ensure the air exchange. Tilting windows is not sufficient!

Conferences, Meetings and Assemblies

Conferences, meetings and assemblies on site have to be reduced to the necessary extent and have to be carried out while adhering to the hygiene protocol and infection control regulations.

Field Trips

Until the end of January 2021, field trips that take multiple days are not allowed. One-day trips have been approved if they are absolutely necessary. All official regulations have to be adhered to, e. g. when visiting museums or theaters.

FIS Buses

Every person on the bus must wear a mask except children under 6.

Toilets/Bathrooms

The toilets/bathrooms should only be used by one person at a time. If it cannot be avoided, masks must be worn and/or social distance must be kept.

Lockers

Lockers will not be used while the safety regulations are in place.

Kitchen

The kitchen has its own hygiene protocol, which can be viewed there.

Cafeteria and Kiosk

Social distance of 1.5m has to be kept while eating in the Cafeteria. Mask may be taken off at the table during in order to eat and drink, but have to be worn when moving around the Cafeteria. Cutlery will be given out only by the kitchen staff, who wear gloves. A second portion will be given out on a new plate. The kitchen staff wears mask during lunch distribution.

EY students do not have to keep social distance during lunch. 

Playgrounds

Outdoor areas should be used more extensively. The teacher on duty will encourage students to keep social distance. Masks have to also be worn outside, except when one is eating or drinking.

Laboratory

The security protocols can be viewed at the laboratory. Every student remains at their allocated seat. Materials will not be shared or have to be disinfected. The protective gowns will be washed after every use. Regular airing out of rooms will be carried out according to the regulations.

Gym

The gym will be used according to the regulations in place. Currently it is sufficient to restrict the time of exercising to 120 minutes, as well as a sufficient air exchange between classes during the breaks.

Should it not be possible to clean the hands after every student exchange when mutually using sports equipment for organizational reasons, every person must wash their hands thoroughly at the start and end of the PHE lesson.

Changing Rooms

Changing rooms in enclosed facilities may be used while keeping social distance of 1.5m.

First Aid Room

Masks have to be worn if social distance cannot be kept. The room has to be aired out regularly. Materials and equipment has to be disinfected after use. No more than four patients may be in the room at the same time.

Cleaning and Disinfection

The routinely disinfection of surfaces (floors, furniture, sanitary areas) is not necessary. Cleaning with a customary cleaner is sufficient. In specific sensitive areas (e. g. kitchen, first aid room) it may be necessary to use disinfectants and treatments.

It is always necessary to use disinfectants after contamination with possibly infectious material (vomit, feces, urine and blood). The used disinfectant has to be classified “limited virucidal”, “limited virucidal plus” or “virucidal”.

Cleaners and disinfectants have to be stored safely.

 

(Updated September 18, 2020)

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