Information for parents with children in Swiss schools

Information for parents with children in Swiss schools

What to do if my child shows symptoms?

The Swiss federal health department (BAG) published the following information in English:

‚According to current knowledge, children can also be infected with the new coronavirus. However, children under 12 years of age are less likely to be symptomatic than young people and adults and are also less likely to transmit the virus to other people. The steps outlined below therefore apply to children under 12 years of age.

The same principles apply to children over 12 years of age as those applicable to young people and adults. If your child aged over 12 feels ill, has individual symptoms or has had contact with an infected person, follow the instructions provided in the sections What to do in the event of symptoms of the disease or What to do following contact with an infected person.

Symptoms and close contact with a symptomatic person

If your child has symptoms of a possible infection with the new coronavirus and has had close contact with a symptomatic person (child aged over 12 or an adult), what you should do depends on the test result of the close contact person:

  • If the contact person’s test result is positive: Your child must stay at home and will be tested in consultation with the paediatrician who will provide you with information on how to proceed.
  • If the contact person’s test result is negative: Your child may only return to his or her school or childcare facility following a period of 24 hours during which he or she no longer exhibits fever or if his or her cough has significantly improved.

Symptoms without close contact with a symptomatic person

If your child has symptoms of a possible infection with the new coronavirus and has not had close contact with a symptomatic person (child aged over 12 or an adult), what you should do depends on your child’s symptoms and health:

  • Your child has mild cold symptoms (sniffles and/or a sore throat and/or a slight cough) and is in good general health: Your child may continue to attend his or her school or childcare facility.
  • Your child has a fever and is in good general health: Your child must stay at home and may only return to his or her school or childcare facility following a period of 24 hours during which he or she no longer exhibits fever. Contact your paediatrician if your child’s fever persists for three days or more.
  • If your child has other symptoms (gastrointestinal complaints, headache, aching limbs, loss of sense of taste or smell), discuss what to do with the paediatrician.
  • Your child has a severe cough and is in good general health: Your child must stay at home and may only return to his or her school or childcare facility if the cough has improved significantly within three days. Contact your paediatrician if your child’s severe cough persists for more than three days.
  • If your child has other symptoms (gastrointestinal complaints, headache, aching limbs, loss of sense of taste or smell), discuss what to do with the paediatrician.
  • Your child has a fever or severe cough and/or is in poor general health: Contact the paediatrician directly to discuss what to do.

You will find information graphics for the above cases under the tab Links.

When three or more children exhibit symptoms in a school class/childcare group and the cantonal offices have been informed accordingly, they will determine the next steps for the children in consultation with the attending paediatricians.

What to do after a test

If your child is tested, the instructions provided in the section What to do in the event of a positive test result apply to your child should the test prove positive. In the event of a negative test result, your child under 12 years of age may return to school immediately. If your child had a fever, however, he or she must be fever-free for a period of 24 hours before being allowed to go back to school. If your child had a sever cough, there must be a significant improvement in the cough before being allowed to return.

Transmission among children

The special guidelines for children under 12 years of age have been defined, as it should in principle be possible for children to attend school and childcare facilities. Children are rarely infected with the new coronavirus at school or childcare facilities. They are primarily infected within their family, although less often than adults’.

(Source: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/isolation-und-quarantaene.html#20055870)

For more news and updates on how the pandemic affects Swiss schools click here: https://livingswitzerland.ch/will-swiss-schools-be-able-to-avoid-further-school-closures/

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