Update on Covid-19

Update from school--06.11.2020

Dear Parents,

Norway is at the beginning of the second wave of infection. The virus is spreading rapidly. The prime minister said that Hold dere hjemme, ha minst mulig sosial kontakt and introduced new national measures that can be found here.

Our school fully supports these recommendations and will take our responsibility to prevent the virus from spreading. Please support the following measures.

  • Remind your kids to wash hands and keep the distance. 
  • Stay at home if sick.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. (After school and weekends)
  • Parents are not allowed to enter the school building without permission. That includes dropping off and picking up.
  • Siblings sit next to each other in the taxi. 
  • Students are recommended to wear masks in the taxi.
  • Parents are asked to be mentally prepared in case that the school will be closed.  

The authorities urge us to take part in this dugnad which means that everybody works together to achieve a common goal.

At this stage, the emergency level for schools in this region is yellow. The situation changes fast and many of us could find it challenging to adapt and we must stand together in this!

Thank you for your continued support.

 
When students are sick--06.11.2020

Source: https://www.fhi.no/en/op/novel-coronavirus-facts-advice/facts-and-general-advice/advice-when-you-or-your-household-members-have-respiratory-infections-but-a/

 

When you have an acute respiratory tract infection

  • Stay at home if you are unwell/ have newly-arisen respiratory tract symptoms (fever, cough, difficulties in breathing, headache, lethargy, loss of sense of smell and taste, muscle aches, sore throat, etc.)
  • You should be tested for coronavirus if you have newly arisen respiratory tract symptoms, have been assessed by a doctor and are recommended to be tested (even if you do not have symptoms), are a close contact to someone who is confirmed to be infected, or have arrived from a red country/region during the last 10 days. If you are in doubt whether you should be tested, go to koronasjekk.no.
  • You will find practical information about how, where and when you can be tested on your municipality’s website.
  • You must stay at home until you get a test result AND you are feeling well. The exception is if you have been tested without suspicion of COVID-19, for example if you are taking part in a research project. For children who have tested negative, it is important to observe their general condition to decide whether the child can return to school/ childcare. Mild residual symptoms after a respiratory tract infection (e.g. runny nose) are not so important. The main rule is that people awaiting a test result should stay at home until they get a result AND they feel well.  
  • Your closest contacts do not need to be in quarantine while you wait for a test result (including those who work in the healthcare service) but they should monitor their own symptoms. 
  • If you test positive, you shall go into isolation (and be followed up by the healthcare service). Your closest contacts shall be in quarantine.
  • If the test shows that you have COVID-19, you must monitor your own condition. If you have difficulty breathing or develop other acute symptoms that you would otherwise have sought medical attention for, it is important that you contact the healthcare service. Just because you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 shall not stop you getting the help you need. 
  • If you are sick and need medical attention, or need health advice, contact your doctor by telephone or electronically. 
  • If you need more acute medical help and cannot reach your doctor, call the emergency out-of-hours clinic (116117).  
  • For acute, life-threatening illness, call 113. 
When students are sick

Students and staff who have mild respiratory symptoms and feelings of illness should not attend school but stay at home until the general condition is good. Students and staff can return to school when they feel healthy and fever-free, although they still have some symptoms of a respiratory infection (some snoring, stuffy nose, and a slight cough).

Employees with respiratory symptoms should follow the National Institute of Public Health’s recommendations for testing. As of September 2020, this means that all employees who have respiratory symptoms without a known cause, test themselves, and stay at home until they have received an answer. In the event of a negative test, they can return to school when the general condition is good.

If a student has a fever and a cough, the student should be tested for COVID-19.

For primary school students: With only mild respiratory symptoms without fever, one can look at the condition at home for a few days. If the student recovers quickly, the student can return to school without a test when the general condition is good, even if they still have some symptoms of respiratory infection. If the student does not get better, contact a doctor, and possible testing is recommended.

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Elever og ansatte som har milde luftveissymptomer og sykdomsfølelse, skal ikke møte på skolen, men holde seg hjemme til allmenntilstanden er god. Elever og ansatte kan komme tilbake til skolen når de føler seg friske og feberfri, selv om de fortsatt har noen symptomer på luftveisinfeksjon (noe snørr, tett nese og lett hoste).

Ansatte med luftveissymptomer bør følge Folkehelseinstituttets anbefalinger for testing. Per september 2020 betyr det at alle ansatte som har luftveisymptomer uten kjent årsak, tester seg og holder seg hjemme til de har fått svar. Ved negativ test kan de komme tilbake til skolen når allmenntilstanden er god.

Hvis en elev har feber og hoste, bør eleven testes for covid-19.

  • For barneskoleelever: Ved kun lette luftveissymptomer uten feber, kan man se an tilstanden hjemme i et par dager.  Hvis eleven raskt blir bra, kan eleven komme tilbake til skolen uten test når allmenntilstanden er god, selv om de fortsatt har noen symptomer på luftveisinfeksjon. Hvis eleven ikke blir bedre, anbefales kontakt med lege og eventuell testing.