Communication from the Office of the Secretary-General regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 disease

UPDATE 09/03/2020

Communication regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 disease

 

This communication updates the former one, regarding the outbreak of COVID-19. We are in regular contact with the relevant services of the European Commission and we have received several updated information published by these services.

 

We have taken various measures to better protect all members of the Schools Communities and with which you are expected to comply. As communicated before concerning the following areas precautionary measures are to be put in place by the European Schools. These areas, as of today, are China, Hong Kong, Macau and the following areas in Italy: Lombardy region and the provinces of: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio nell’Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice..

 

  • Any children returning from such areas, as well as children whose close family members have returned from these areas should be admitted to the European Schools only 14 days after their return date and on the condition that the whole family remains asymptomatic. Further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time.
  • Any member of staff working in a European School should avoid travelling to such areas and, if they do so, they should also only return to work after 14 days have passed since their return date. Again, further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time

 

 

IMPORTANT: The same rules will apply for any area that the Italian authorities define as a red area in the future.

 

The European School Brussels 2 – Woluwe had to implement additional measures taken by the Commune of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert for schools regarding children that return from the Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy.

 

The European School Brussels 3 is closed on Monday and Tuesday (9 and  10 March 2020) since Belgian Medical Authorities informed the school that one of the parents has been tested Corona positive. The children of this parent show no symptoms. The closure of the school was a preventive measure. The test result for the child concerned has already emerged and proved negative.

 

The European School Munich is closed since two students have been tested Corona positive. As a result, the health department has ordered the school to suspend school operations at both school sites for 14 days from Monday, 9.3.2020. All events/trips during this period must be cancelled. This also applies to MEC (Model European Council).

 

The European School Varese had to implement additional measures taken by the Italian Authorities, namely the closure of the pedagogical activities up to April 3rd .

 

 

In case national authorities of the hosting Member State do foresee stricter rules for national educational institutions, these rules shall also be applied by the European Schools.

 

NEW

 

The FAMES (Festival of Art and Music of the European Schools) scheduled for 11-14 in Luxembourg is now postponed until a later date. An update will be published in due course.

 

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In the event that a member of staff has had any contact with a sick person infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 or has developed any symptoms, you are advised to get in contact with your general practitioner for advice and care. If you do not have a GP, you can contact the relevant national number for guidance on where to go:

Brussels and Belgium 

The Belgian government has now published a helpline on its official coronavirus website: 0800/14689. The e-mail address for queries remains the same: info-coronavirus@health.fgov.be. Website (FR/NL/DE/EN):

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

Luxembourg

Direction de la santé, Division de l’inspection sanitaire (24h/24) : Tel (+352) 8002 8080ou via 112

Ispra and other JRC sites 

Italy: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/homeNuovoCoronavirus.jsp

Netherlands: https://www.honk.nu/huisartsenpost

Germany: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/nCoV.html

Spain: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/home.htm

 

In case of medical emergency, call 112.

IMPORTANT: Always inform the caregiver about your recent travel history and do not go to the clinic without prior telephone contact.

 

As the situation is evolving, these instructions will go on being updated, in close cooperation with the relevant services of the European Commission.

_______________________________________________________________________________

We briefly recall the standard hygiene recommendations that will reduce exposure to, and transmission of, viral respiratory illness, that we recommend to recall to the School Community:

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms (fever and cough);
  • Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand cleanser or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow (not hands!) or  a tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
  • Update your flu-vaccination: this will not protect you against the coronavirus, but may protect you from getting flu-related respiratory symptoms

 

A more complete information can be found on the website of WHO (World Health Organisation):

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

 

We finally remind, in general and more importantly in the present context, that children who develop any symptoms should visit their general practitioner and follow his/her advice and when relevant remain at home. The same is recommended to members of staff.

 

UPDATE 08/03/2020

Communication regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 disease

 

This communication should be considered as a summary of the former communications regarding the outbreak of COVID-19. So, it cancels and replaces them. We are in regular contact with the relevant services of the European Commission and we have received several updated information published by these services. This summary contains all the important and relevant information as of today and will be regularly updated in the future. New items/pieces of information will be indicated by ‘NEW’ above the first paragraph of the item and will be in italics.

 

We have taken various measures to better protect all members of the Schools Communities and with which you are expected to comply. As communicated before concerning the following areas precautionary measures are to be put in place by the European Schools. These areas, as of today, are China, Hong Kong, Macau and the lockdown area in Italy: Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione d’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova del passerine, Vò.

 

  • Any children returning from such areas, as well as children whose close family members have returned from these areas should be admitted to the European Schools only 14 days after their return date and on the condition that the whole family remains asymptomatic. Further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time.
  • Any member of staff working in a European School should avoid travelling to such areas and, if they do so, they should also only return to work after 14 days have passed since their return date. Again, further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time

 

 

IMPORTANT: The same rules will apply for any area that the Italian authorities define as a red area in the future.

 

NEW

The Italian government has issued a decree on 8 March 2020 introducing strict measures in Lombardy region and the following provinces: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio nell’Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice. Although these are not lockdown areas (under quarantine), due to the high risk of contamination in these territories, schools are to apply as of now (but not with retroactivity) the same measures as above.

In case of people arriving from all other areas in Italy the following procedure should be followed:

 

 

  • Any children returning from areas in Italy not mentioned above should not be admitted to the European Schools, if the child or one close member of the family has had any contact with an ill person infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19

or
if
the child or any close member of the family having travelled in those areas does not remain asymptomatic.

  • Any member of staff working in a European School returning from areas in Italy not mentioned above, should also not return to work,

if they have had any contact with an ill person infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19,
or

if they have developed any symptoms.

 

The European School Brussels 2 – Woluwe had to implement additional measures taken by the Commune of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert for schools regarding children that return from the Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy.

 

The European School Varese had to implement additional measures taken by the Italian Authorities, namely the closure of the pedagogical activities up to March 15th.

 

 

NEW

In case national authorities of the hosting Member State do foresee stricter rules for national educational institutions, these rules shall also be applied by the European Schools.

 

NEW

The European School Brussels 3 is closed on Monday and Tuesday (9 and probably 10 March 2020) since Belgian Medical Authorities informed the school that one of the parents has been tested Corona positive. The children of this parent show no symptoms. The closure of the school is a preventive measure until further test results emerge.

 

NEW

The European School Munich is closed since two students have been tested Corona positive. As a result, the health department has ordered the school to suspend school operations at both school sites for 14 days from Monday, 9.3.2020. All events/trips during this period must be cancelled. This also applies to MEC (Model European Council).

In the event that a member of staff has been travelling to the ‘yellow’ area and has had any contact with a sick person infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 or has developed any symptoms, you are advised to get in contact with your general practitioner for advice and care. If you do not have a GP, you can contact the relevant national number for guidance on where to go:

Brussels and Belgium 

The Belgian government has now published a helpline on its official coronavirus website: 0800/14689. The e-mail address for queries remains the same: info-coronavirus@health.fgov.be. Website (FR/NL/DE/EN):

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

Région de Bruxelles-Capitale : 0478 77 77 08 

Luxembourg

Direction de la santé, Division de l’inspection sanitaire (24h/24) : Tel (+352) 247-85650 ou via 112

Ispra and other JRC sites 

Italy: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/homeNuovoCoronavirus.jsp

Netherlands: https://www.honk.nu/huisartsenpost

Germany: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/nCoV.html

Spain: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/home.htm

 

In case of medical emergency, call 112.

IMPORTANT: Always inform the caregiver about your recent travel history and do not go to the clinic without prior telephone contact.

Same prudent measures, as outlined above for “yellow areas” in Italy, would apply to Singapore, South Corea, Japan and Iran.

 

As the situation is evolving, these instructions will go on being updated, in close cooperation with the relevant services of the European Commission.

_______________________________________________________________________________

We briefly recall the standard hygiene recommendations that will reduce exposure to, and transmission of, viral respiratory illness, that we recommend to recall to the School Community:

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms (fever and cough);
  • Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand cleanser or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow (not hands!) or  a tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
  • Update your flu-vaccination: this will not protect you against the coronavirus, but may protect you from getting flu-related respiratory symptoms

 

A more complete information can be found on the website of WHO (World Health Organisation):

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

 

We finally remind, in general and more importantly in the present context, that children who develop any symptoms should visit their general practitioner and follow his/her advice and when relevant remain at home. The same is recommended to members of staff.

 

 

UPDATE 05/03/2020

Communication regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 disease

 

This communication should be considered as a summary of the former communications regarding the outbreak of COVID-19. So, it cancels and replaces them. We are in regular contact with the relevant services of the European Commission and we have received several updated information published by these services. This summary contains all the important and relevant information as of today and will be regularly updated in the future. New items/pieces of information will be indicated by ‘NEW’ above the first paragraph of the item and will be in italics.

 

We have taken various measures to better protect all members of the Schools Communities and with which you are expected to comply. As communicated before, it is only for the following areas that precautionary measures by the European schools are to be put in place. These areas, as of today, are China, Hong Kong, Macau and the lockdown area in Italy: Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione d’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova del passerine, Vò.

 

  • Any children returning from such areas, as well as children whose close family members have returned from these areas should be admitted to the European schools only 14 days after their return date and on the condition that the whole family remains asymptomatic. Further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time.
  • Any member of staff working in a European school should avoid travelling to such areas and, if they do so, they should also only return to work after 14 days have passed since their return date. Again, further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time

 

 

IMPORTANT: The same rules will apply for any area that the Italian authorities define as a red area in the future.

 

The Italian government has issued a decree that slightly adjusts the ‘yellow’ areas, where certain restrictions apply. These include Lombardy (including Bergamo, Lodi and Cremona, where heightened surveillance applies), Veneto, and Emilia Romagna (including Piacenza, where heightened surveillance applies). The yellow areas are also now extended to the Province of Savona (in the Liguria Region), and the Province of Pesaro/Urbino (in the Marche Region). Piedmont is not in the yellow area according to this new decree.

In consequence, the corresponding paragraph regarding these ‘yellow’ areas should read as follows:

 

 

  • Any children returning from such areas should not be admitted to the European schools, if the child or one close member of the family has had any contact with an ill person infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19

or
if
the child or any close member of the family having travelled in those areas does not remain asymptomatic.

  • Any member of staff working in a European school returning from such areas, should also not return to work,

if they have had any contact with an ill person infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19,
or

if they have developed any symptoms.

 

The European School Brussels 2 – Woluwe had to implement additional measures taken by the Commune of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert for schools regarding children that return from the Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy.

 

The European School Varese had to implement additional measures taken by the Italian Authorities, namely the closure of the pedagogical activities up to March 15th.

 

In the event that a member of staff has been travelling to the ‘yellow’ area and has had any contact with a sick person infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 or has developed any symptoms, you are advised to get in contact with your general practitioner for advice and care. If you do not have a GP, you can contact the relevant national number for guidance on where to go:

Brussels and Belgium 

The Belgian government has now published a helpline on its official coronavirus website: 0800/14689. The e-mail address for queries remains the same: info-coronavirus@health.fgov.be. Website (FR/NL/DE/EN):

https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

Région de Bruxelles-Capitale : 0478 77 77 08 

Luxembourg

Direction de la santé, Division de l’inspection sanitaire (24h/24) : Tel (+352) 247-85650 ou via 112

Ispra and other JRC sites 

Italy: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/nuovocoronavirus/homeNuovoCoronavirus.jsp

Netherlands: https://www.honk.nu/huisartsenpost

Germany: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/nCoV.html

Spain: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov-China/home.htm

 

In case of medical emergency, call 112.

IMPORTANT: Always inform the caregiver about your recent travel history and do not go to the clinic without prior telephone contact.

Same prudent measures, as outlined above for “yellow areas” in Italy, would apply to Singapore, South Corea, Japan and Iran.

 

As the situation is evolving, these instructions will go on being updated, in close cooperation with the relevant services of the European Commission.

_______________________________________________________________________________

We briefly recall the standard hygiene recommendations that will reduce exposure to, and transmission of, viral respiratory illness, that we recommend to recall to the School Community:

 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms (fever and cough);
  • Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand cleanser or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow (not hands!) or  a tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
  • Update your flu-vaccination: this will not protect you against the coronavirus, but may protect you from getting flu-related respiratory symptoms

 

A more complete information can be found on the website of WHO (World Health Organisation):

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

 

 

We finally remind, in general and more importantly in the present context, that children who develop any symptoms should visit their general practitioner and follow his/her advice and when relevant remain at home. The same is recommended to members of staff.

 

UPDATE 04/03/2020

Communication regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 disease

 

This communication should be considered as a complement to the former communications. We have in fact received an updated communication published by the European Commission relevant services late on 03/03/2020. We are in regular contact with the relevant services of the European Commission.

 

NEW

The Belgian government has now published a helpline on its official coronavirus website: 0800/14689. The e-mail address for queries remains the same: info-coronavirus@health.fgov.be. Website (FR/NL/DE/EN): https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/

 

NEW

The Italian government has issued a decree that slightly adjusts the ‘yellow’ areas, where certain restrictions apply. These include Lombardy (including Bergamo, Lodi and Cremona, where heightened surveillance applies), Veneto, and Emilia Romagna (including Piacenza, where heightened surveillance applies). The yellow areas are also now extended to the Province of Savona (in the Liguria Region), and the Province of Pesaro/Urbino (in the Marche Region). Piedmont is not in the yellow area according to this new decree.
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In consequence, the corresponding paragraph in the communication published on 2nd March, with also a linguistic ambiguity solved, should read as follows:
For the “yellow areas” in Italy, or “area gialla”, extending essentially to most of the regions in Northern Italy (Lombardy – including Bergamo, Lodi and Cremona, where heightened surveillance applies -, Emilia Romagna – including Piacenza, where heightened surveillance applies-, Veneto, the Province of Savona – in the Liguria Region- and the Province of Pesaro/Urbino -in the Marche Region-):

  • (I) Any children returning from such areas should not be admitted to the European schools, if the child or one close member of the family has had any contact with an ill person infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19 or if the child or any close member of the family having travelled in those areas does not remain asymptomatic.
  • (II) Any member of staff working in a European school returning from such areas, should also not return to work, if they have had any contact with an ill person infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19, or if they have developed any symptoms

 

 

UPDATE 02/03/2020

Communication regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 disease

 

This message should be considered as a complement to the former communications. We have in fact received an updated communication published by the European Commission relevant services late on 28/02/2020 and 02/03/2020.

We are in constant contact with the relevant services of the European Commission.

We have taken various measures to better protect all members of the Schools Communities and with which you are expected to comply. Here we recall the measures for Italy:

For the lockdown (red) area in Italy: Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione d’Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova del passerine, Vò – the same precautionary measures by the European schools are to be put in place:

  • Any children returning from such areas, as well as children whose close family members have returned from these areas should be admitted to the European schools only 14 days after their return date and on the condition that the whole family remains asymptomatic. Further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time.
  • Any member of staff working in a European school should avoid travelling to such areas and, if they do so, they should also only return to work after 14 days have passed since their return date. Again, further instructions for the admissions will be issued in due time

IMPORTANT: The same rules will apply for any area that the Italian authorities define as a red area in the future. For regular updates on this red area please visit the link below and check ‘Allegati’ (attachments) on the right side of the screen for updated information.

http://www.anci.lombardia.it/dettaglionews/2020224166coronavirus%E2%80%93chiarimentiinterpretativisuordinanzaregionelombardia%E2%80%93ministerodellasalute/

 

For the “yellow areas” in Italy, or “area gialla”, extending essentially to most of the regions in

Northern Italy (Lombardy – including Crema and Bergamo, which are under heightened surveillance – Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Veneto):

  • Any children returning from such areas should be admitted to the European schools, unless the child or one close member of the family had any contact with an ill person infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, or upon condition that the child or any close member of the family having travelled in those areas remains asymptomatic.
  • Any member of staff working in a European school returning from such areas, they should also return to work, unless they had any contact with an ill person infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, or upon condition that they have not developed any symptoms

 

In the event that a member of staff has been travelling to the “yellow area” and  has had any contact with a sick person infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 or has  developed any symptoms, you are advised to get in contact with your general practitioner for advice and care. If you do not have a GP, you can contact the relevant national number for guidance on where to go:

Brussels and Belgium

Région de Bruxelles-Capitale : 0478 77 77 08

Luxembourg

Direction de la santé, Division de l’inspection sanitaire (24h/24) : Tel (+352) 247-85650 ou via 112

Ispra and other JRC sites

Italy

Netherlands

Germany

Spain

 

In case of medical emergency, call 112.

IMPORTANT: Always inform the caregiver about your recent travel history and do not go to the clinic without prior telephone contact.

 

Same prudent measures, as outlined above for “yellow areas” in Italy, would apply to Singapore, South Corea, Japan and Iran.

Recommendations for China, Hong Kong and Macao remain the same (see communication on 25/02).

_______________________________________________________________________________

The European School Brussels 2 – Woluwe had to implement additional measures taken by the Commune of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert for schools regarding children that return from the Italian regions of Veneto and Lombardy.

The European School Varese had to implement additional measures taken by the Italian Authorities, namely the closure of the pedagogical activities up to March 8th.

_______________________________________________________________________________

As the situation is evolving, these instructions will go on being updated, in close cooperation with the services of the European Commission.

_______________________________________________________________________________

We also briefly recall the standard hygiene recommendations that will reduce exposure to, and transmission of, viral respiratory illness, that we recommend to recall to the School Community:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms (fever and cough);
  • Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand cleanser or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow (not hands!) or a tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
  • Update your flu-vaccination: this will not protect you against the coronavirus, but may protect you from getting flu-related respiratory symptoms

A more complete information can be found on the website of WHO (World Health Organisation):

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novelcoronavirus2019/adviceforpublic

 

We finally remind, in general and more importantly in the present context, that children who develop any symptoms should visit their general practitioner and follow his/her advice and when relevant remain at home. The same is recommended to members of staff.