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COVID-19 Info & Updates

Updated: December 29, 2021

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have created a Dynamic Learning Plan, a flexible plan to ensure our student’s schooling can continue while keeping our students and staff safe. We are constantly reviewing our measures in line with developments and the regulations set out by the state of Hesse. 

Back to School Info:

In line with current regulations and for the safety of our ISF family and yours, we will apply the following procedure  after Winter Break. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Proof of Negative COVID Status: Tuesday 4th January 2021

  • All staff and students must provide proof of negative PCR (no older than 48 hours) or Bürgertest/rapid (no older than 24 hours) COVID tests before entering campus. 
  • Proof must be shown as a printed document to be able to enter the campus.
  • The start of the school day will be staggered to enable smooth processing of the test results:
    • PS – pickup as normal at playground
    • MS – Entry and proof check @ 8.30-9.00  
    • HS -  Entry and proof check @ 9.00-9.20. The HS start in Period 2 (Grade 9 and 10 exam will start Period 2, instead of Period 1).  
    • Siblings can come together and we will arrange a place for the students to study while waiting for class to start.

On Campus COVID Testing

Continued testing will take place for all non-vaccinated or non-recovered students and staff January 5th and 7th.. Starting January 10th, we will return to COVID testing three times per week for all non-vaccinated or non-recovered students and staff.

Travel Updates

As of December 23, 2021 an updated list of regions with variant concern have been added which will require an extra 14-day quarantine requirement. The 14-day quarantine begins on the first day on German soil.

The following states/regions are currently considered to be areas of variants of concern (effective until 3 January 2022 at 0:00 a.m. until further notice):

  • Botswana (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • Eswatini (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • Lesotho (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • Malawi (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • Mozambique (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • Namibia (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • South Africa (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland incl. all British Overseas Territories, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (area of variants of concern since 20 December 2021; high-risk area until 19 December 2021)
  • Zimbabwe (area of variants of concern since 28 November 2021)

For more information please refer to the RKI: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/Risikogebiete_aktuell_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

The Federal Ministry of Health points out the following information for travellers entering Germany from areas of variants of concern: Before departure, please be prepared for your carrier (e.g. airline) to require from you an up-to-date PCR test if you spent time in an area of variants of concern at any time in the ten days prior to entry. After your arrival, further PCR testing may be ordered by the health authorities at the airport or at the place of isolation/quarantine. Please be aware of the 14-day quarantine requirement, which also applies to vaccinated and recovered individuals. The duration of the 14-day quarantine may not be shortened.

 

Current Status: SCENARIO 1

What this means for you:

Since the first day of this school year on August 23, 2021, in accordance with the requirements of the state of Hesse, ISF resumed face-to-face instruction.

ISF school operations is as follows:

KG-Grade 13

  • All on campus learning
  • Normal school opening
  • Regular timetable, full schedule with all classes and lessons provided.
  • Compusory COVID testing (see details below)
  • Adherence to the ISF Hygiene and Infection Plan

Any student or staff who shows symptoms of a COVID-19 infection must stay at home.

For information on the updated procedures issued by the Department of Health in Frankfurt, please see the following document:

Info Sheet Schools and Daycare Centers in the Pandemic (status: Nov 15, 2021)

Infoblatt Schulen und Kitas in der Pandemie (status: Nov 15, 2021)

 

COVID-19 Testing:

According to the current government guidelines, proof of a negative test result three times per week will be a mandatory requirement for presence on campus and in emergency care for any student or staff not vaccinate or recovered. In addition to government guidelines and in order to add an extra layer of safety to our school operations, any student or staff who has been vaccinated or recovered will perform a COVID test every Monday.

Parents can decide whether their child should take a COVID test at school or a so-called citizen test (Bürgertest) at one of the test sites outside the school. The Bürgertest should not be older than 72 hours. A self-test carried out at home is not sufficient as evidence. Students who wish to be tested on campus must return the consent form.

Parents will only be notified if their child tests positive. We will continue to follow the Case Review Flowchart for any confirmed positive tests. The definition of a confirmed COVID test is one that is confirmed by a doctor to reaffirm the positive rapid test done in the classroom.

We continue to focus on making the testing process a brief and gentle experience for our students and staff.

Students who do not provide the school with evidence of a negative test result and who do not make use of the COVID test offer in the school will not be able to be present on campus and will need to attend online lessons.

 

Downloads:

ISF Travel Regulations

ISF COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - This form must be completed for each student to allow COVID-19 testing to take place at school.

ISF - Infection Control Plan - A high-level overview of the measures we take to keep students and staff safe.

ISF - Covid case review flowchart - What to do if your child is unwell

 

Useful Links:

Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration:

Information about measures to fight the Corona virus in 12 languages, including English

Hessian Ministry of Culture:

Updates from the minsitry responsible for Education (German)

German Federal Ministry for Health:

Frequently Asked Questions (German)

Robert Koch Institute:

Daily Updates for Germany and the World from the German government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine. English and German

World Health Organization:

 


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