GGIS Health and Safety Plan

Effective: August 26, 2021

Summary of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources Action Plan and the letter received on Aug 26, 2021 from the minister in charge, dr. Kasler Miklos. Revision Date: Sept 10, 2021

The letter that was sent on August 14, 2021 by the Ministry of Human Resource. The letter references the Action Plan for schools serving the public dated May 24, 2021.  The letter defines which of the Action Plan points are and are not in force for the opening of schools.  This document is a summary of the points of the action plan that are in force and how we as a school intend to fulfil the requirements of each.  We are expecting more letters from the Ministry of Human Resources that will add further safety measures to this document therefore this is PHASE 1 of the GGIS COVID-19 Health and Safety Action Plan. 

Cleaning And Disinfection – Healthy School Environment 

(EMMI letter point 1.1-1.3,  3.1-3.12)
  1. A thorough disinfectant cleaning of the entire school is carried out no less than once per week based on the recommendations of the public health authority (NNK).  
  2. Hand sanitizer is provided at the school entrances and in the classrooms.  Upon arrival at the school students, staff and visitors wash or sanitize their hands.
  3. Surfaces frequently touched with the hands (such as benches, tables, chairs, door, window handles, railings, electrical and other switches, IT equipment such as keyboard, monitor, mouse, mouse pad, sinks, faucets, toilet seats, etc.) as well as floors and washable wall surfaces are disinfected with an antiviral agent at intervals determined by the administration.
  4. Cleaning and disinfection is organized in such a way that it does not endanger the health of staff and students.
  5. Attention is paid to reducing the concentration of pathogens in all enclosed spaces by regular natural ventilation. Room windows are kept open if possible, depending on the weather and outside noise. 
  6. The surface of toys, sports equipment and playground equipment used in kindergarten and school are disinfected on a regular basis. 
  7. Staff and students are asked to sanitize or wash their hands with soap and water frequently during the day.

Attending School, Events, And Trips / Healthy Classes And Classrooms 

(EMMI letter points 2.1-2.13)
  1. The school is to be a completely healthy place where only asymptomatic staff, students and visitors may attend. 
  2. Parents are requested to conduct the following  daily health screening each morning before sending their child(ren) to school.  Is the student exhibiting any of these symptoms?
    1. Temperature 37.5 °C or higher without the use of fever-reducing medication 
    2. Loss of taste or smell
    3. New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    4. Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
    5. Onset of severe headache, or body aches
    6. Congestion/runny nose/sore throat (not related to allergies)
  3. Parents are required to inform the school if their child has a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus infection. 
  4. Students’ forehead temperature are taken on arrival to school. Students may enter the school only if their body temperature measured on arrival does not exceed 37.5°C. If a student has a measured forehead temperature at or above 37.5°C he/she is separated from others immediately, the parents called and the student brought home.  
  5. A student who for any reason stayed at home due to illness, can return to the school only with a written note from his/her doctor. The GGIS policy allowing 3 days of homestay without a doctor’s note is suspended until the pandemic measures are lifted. 
  6. In the case of official home quarantine, presenting the NNK resolution lifting the epidemiological surveillance is necessary for the student to safely return to school.
  7. Students are taught the basic rules of personal hygiene.
  8. Staff members are responsible to measure their body temperature daily.  If the forehead temperature exceeds 37.5°C or there are other symptoms then the staff member leaves the school and does not return until symptoms are no longer present and a Covid test taken with a negative result. 
  9. Students are arranged in “pods” within which students may attend class, eat lunch, and assemble together.  The pods are Pre-K to 2nd grade, 3rd to 6th grade, 7th and 8th grades and 9th through 12th grade.  There are no grouping restrictions for students who are outdoors. There is no social distance requirement anywhere inside the school or on the school grounds.  
  10. In classrooms, masks are permitted but not mandatory.  Classroom windows are opened as much as possible so as to ventilate the spaces.
  11. When groups of students or staff assemble for school assemblies, concerts, banquets, etc. the rooms are arranged to maximize the space between participants. 
  12. Where the rotation of classes that are outside the pods in a given classroom cannot be avoided, the surfaces are disinfected before the arrival of the next class.
  13. When possible, events are organized outdoors and care is taken to adhere to the current number limitation announced by the “Operatív Törzs” and the currently recommended health and safety measures.
  14. Classroom desks and chairs are disinfected at the end of each day. 
  15. Parent-Teacher conferences are held online.

Food Service 

(EMMI letter points 4.1-4.8)
  1. Special attention is paid to the cleanliness of the cafeteria.  The cafeteria rooms are disinfected on a daily basis.
  2. Children are instructed to wash their hands with soap or hand disinfectant before and after meals.
  3. Meal times are organized in such a manner that “pods” as defined in point 2.1 are not mixed with each other.  
  4. Safe distances are maintained when queuing.
  5. An adequate number of utensils are provided on each table to avoid transferring them to another table.
  6. Antiviral alcohol-based hand sanitizer is provided to food service staff and it’s regular use emphasized. The food service provider is responsible to closely monitor the health of its workers.
  7. These heightened safety measures are implemented by our lunch company and staff as per the EMMI recommendations.

School Medical Care Guidelines 

(EMMI letter points 7.1-7.5)
  1. Physical checkups, screening examinations and yearly vaccination campaigns are carried out by the school doctor as usual with special attention to hygiene and safety (mask wearing and hand sanitizing is mandatory when entering the doctor’s room).
  2. Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandated for either students or staff. The school will cooperate with the government’s requests to disseminate and collect information but will leave the decision to vaccinate in the individual’s hands.

Student Absences 

(EMMI letter points 8.1-8.3)
  1. The school makes every effort to accommodate the absence of a pupil who is at risk of a viral infection due to chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, liver and kidney disease) or in the case where the student is in an immunosuppressed condition. In each of these cases the student is required to present a medical certificate to the office.   It is also considered an EXCUSED absence if the student is placed in official quarantine prescribed for him by a doctor or official. 
  2. GGIS is not offering any distance-learning option.  Parents may address the school director to appeal for an exemption from this policy according to the conditions listed in point 5.1. During the absent period the student receives education materials via Google classroom.  Teachers consult with the student twice per week to assess the student’s progress.
  3. Students and their families arriving from abroad are subject to current police regulations. Since all travelers are required to be Covid tested or vaccinated, GGIS asks each parent/student who is coming from abroad to present their negative Covid test before entering the school.  The school does not require any testing or quarantining of students/parents beyond this.

Measures Taken In Case Of Covid-19 Infection In GGIS 

(EMMI letter points 9.1-9.5, 10.1-10.8)
  1. The following is the course of action when it is confirmed that a student who attends GGIS is infected with the Covid-19: 
    1. GGIS informs the school doctor, EMMI (Ministry for Human Resources) AND NNK (Public Health Authority- ex-ANTSZ) about the confirmed infection. 
    2. The family General Practitioner of the infected child or staff member is informed by the family over the phone (never in person). 
    3. The infected person receives an official resolution for quarantine by the NNK immediately with detailed instructions. Instructions for treatment are also given by their GP (over the phone).
    4. Any student who goes home as the result of illness may only return with a note from his/her doctor.
  2. EMMI and NNK make a decision concerning the school and inform the school immediately, whether it should continue to operate in a normal, partial or full distance learning mode. GGIS is responsible for informing the parents.
  3. GGIS has a schoolwide distance learning plan in case of a school lockdown or other emergency.

More Information

(EMMI letter point 11.1-11.3)

For more information on the above please visit the following official sources: www.kormany.hu and www.oktatas.hu.  If you would like to ask a question, you can write to the following dedicated email address: vedekezesakoznevelesben@emmi.gov.hu, where education experts answer related questions.