(Update: 01 March)
We understand that students, parents and co-workers are concerned about the spread of the corona virus after the half term sports break. The Public Health Authority (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has not changed its recommendations or its assessment that symptom-free adults and children should go to school as usual. On the other hand, the National Agency for Education (Skolverket) has clarified that we as “huvudman” can allow affected students who have been in regions exposed to the spread of infection to stay at home without risking unlawful absence. This is positive and we have therefore adjusted our instructions.
We assure you that the safety and health of our students is our top priority. We are following the authorities' recommendations closely and will act promptly if there is reason to introduce stricter routines or update this advice.
Students or staff members who have been in an affected area but are symptom free.
A person who has been in an affected area (see the list below) but is symptom free should watch for symptoms such as coughing, breathing difficulties and fever. If symptoms arise or they suspect symptoms, then they should stay at home and contact the healthcare advice service (Vårdguiden) via 1177 immediately for advice and treatment.
According to Folkhälsomyndigheten's assessment, adults and students can return to school if they are symptom free.
However, we understand the concerns of students and guardians. If a guardian considers it justified, students who have recently returned from any of the areas listed below can stay home for 14 days after returning home without risking unlawful absence. The guardian must then report this to the student’s mentor who will make up a plan so that the student can study from home.
Countries that per March 1 are considered to be at risk of infection are:
- Hubei or another province of mainland China where the spread of infection exists
- Northern Italy
- South Korea
Students or staff who have recently been in an area where infection is spreading and who are experiencing symptoms
A person who has recently been in an area where infection is spreading and is now showing symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing and fever, should contact Vårdguiden via 1177 immediately for advice and treatment.
Students or staff who met someone who is infected
A person who has met someone who has been found to be infected, regardless of whether the person has symptoms or not, should contact Vårdguiden via 1177 immediately for advice and treatment.
If case of illness, report the sickness to the school and stay at home according to the instructions of the healthcare services.
Hygiene regulations for students and staff to prevent respiratory infections:
- A common preventive measure against respiratory tract infections is to avoid touching the face or eyes and to avoid close contact with sick people.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, before meals, food-handling and after visiting the toilet. Hand-sanitiser can be an option if you do not have the possibility to wash your hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or in a paper handkerchief to prevent infection from spreading or from contaminating your hands.
- Stay home when you are sick to avoid infecting others.
For more advice and information about the virus: https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/communicable-disease-control/covid-19/
1 March 2020
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