Illness and Medical Appointments
If your child is unwell please call the school office before 0900 on the first day of absence and on each subsequent day of absence.
For relevant guidance please see the government policy for health protection in schools and other childcare facilities. This useful document includes a table detailing the exclusion periods required for various infections.
Symptoms of CV19 and Absence - Current Policy
Symptoms of CV19 and Absence
Please see the revised arrangements below – effective immediately:
All staff and parents are advised to use the Corona Warn App.
Signs and Symptoms
If a staff member or child has any of the following symptoms:
- A new cough
- A high temperature (37.5+)
- A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
The person in question should not come to school and a doctor should be consulted. The German authorities expect parents to keep the school informed about the absence and the outcome of any medical examination.
According to the instructions, all members of your household should isolate for 14 days from when the person in your home started having symptoms, or until a test confirms them negative and no other household member has symptoms.
If you are refused a test and would like one please let our office know.
There are a range of test centres available close to or in Ramstein. If you are not sure where to go please contact our office.
In addition these symptoms are now considered suspicious:
- Shortness of breath
- Rhinitis (blocked nose) with sore throat
- Headache and aching limbs
- General weakness
Please do not attend school and consult a doctor.
Are there any exceptions?
The approach (being required to stay off school) may be modified based on clinical assessment and/or results (eg, a doctors note) that are shared and discussed with the school prior to a child or staff member returning.
What if my child just has a seasonal cold?
CV-19 can present in a number of different ways. We are currently operating a ‘low threshold approach’ to illness. In addition to CV19 symptoms, please do not send your child to school if they have:
- A cold,
- Sore throat (if this includes a blocked nose consult a doctor),
- Aching limbs and/or headache,
- Vomiting in the last 48 hours.
Children with above symptoms may return once they are well.
Additionally they should not attend if they have had to take medications in the last 24hrs (such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin) which may mask symptoms of infection.
What are the objectives of these measures?
We are aiming to protect operational output during the ongoing pandemic by keeping the school as open as possible. We are also seeking to protect any members of our community who are more vulnerable. Thank you for your continued vigilance and support with this.
Other sources of information can be found here:
For matters concerning other members of your household please consult the FAQs
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
|Situation||What should be done|
|I have tested positive / my child has tested positive what should I do?||Positive results from home tests should be confirmed by a test from a registered test centre. A guide is available here. RLP offer a full FAQ here that can be translated if viewed via Chrome.|
|Another member of the household has been in close contact with someone now showing CV19 symptoms.||Please call the school to discuss individual circumstances before attending.|
|Another member of the household has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.||
Please call the school to discuss individual circumstances before attending.
|A member of our household has returned from a risk area, high risk area or area of variant risk.||
The traveller must follow the German guidance (view in Chrome). If the child has returned from a variant risk area please consult the guidance. Early release using a test may not be possible.
If the return is from a standard risk area a test (from a test centre) can be obtained after 5 days. If the test is negative then the individuals can return to school. The rest of the household can continue to attend school unless the traveller develops suspicious symptoms.
The person showing symptoms should speak with a physician to determine whether any measures are necessary. The family should stay off school until the physician is consulted and should continue to stay off school if a test is ordered. If the result is negative they can return to school.
|Can I use a home test kit to test out?||No. Currently we only accept the results of tests from recognised centres for children to return to school. Please discuss individual circumstances with our office.|
To request a period of absence not due to illness, please complete the form below. This form applies from FS1-Y6.
Ideally requests should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the absence. The Head or Assistant Head Teacher may want to meet with you to discuss the absence prior to making a decision. Please provide as much information on the form as possible to support a swift decision.
Please note: Visits to new schools are generally approved as long as the shortest possible time of visit is arranged and options to visit during holiday periods have been fully explored.
Remote Learning Arrangements
If your child is in good health but is off school due to our CV19 policy we provide enhanced remote support. This is accessed via Seesaw and our remote learning hubs (password required) and includes activties set and reviewed by the teachers. Please phone our office if you need support accessing these areas.
If your child is ill we do not routinely provide remote support for learning.
If your child is absent for exeptional reasons, and the absence has been notified via our form below, we will provide you, on direct request to the class teacher, with additional reading books and guidance.