AISZ Health Guidelines
The AISZ Crisis Response Team is continuously updating our COVID and health protocol in accordance with the most current guidelines of the Epidemiology department of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH).
Our priority is the health and safety of our community while remaining true to our Mission of developing skills and character for futures rich with promise.
The AISZ Health guidelines are under constant review and if necessary will provide the AISZ Community with modifications of prior operating procedures.
AISZ is committed to providing a flexible, engaging educational program that is responsive to the current epidemiological situation while remaining true to our Mission.
It is the intent of these recommendations and protocols to minimize the possibility of spreading COVID-19 or other infectious diseases by respecting the health and hygiene protocols, and if necessary implementing social distancing and mask wearing.
AISZ is guided by the following principles:
- Protect the health and safety of students and staff
- Guidelines set out by the Croatian Institute of Public Health
- Provide clear expectations for teachers and students in case of an emergency learning environment
- To provide an educational experience in line with our Mission and Vision as much as possible during this epidemiological situation.
This document is specific to the current COVID-19 situation. These guidelines take precedence over any current rules or procedures which exist in a Student & Family Handbook.
Based on the current epidemiological situation, we will adapt all school activities including After School Activities, after school child care, field trips, and sporting events.
All school activities are organized in accordance with the latest epidemiological situation in Croatia and guidelines of the Croatian health authorities and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the City of Zagreb.
Your child should stay at home or will be sent home if they have any of the following:
- Respiratory symptoms (sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, cough, sneezing, breathing difficulties).
- Temperature higher than 37.5C (thermoscan thermometer) or 37.2C(axillary thermometer)
- Sore muscles, aches or chills
- Loss of smell and/or taste
- Vomiting or diarrhea
In the event of a contact with a COVID-positive person or infection, you should follow the Croatian Institute of Public Health guidelines regarding quarantine and self-isolation for the family. The student may not return to school earlier than the minimum quarantine requirement even if the student is feeling well.
- If a COVID-19 test is not advised, a normal absence process is followed and the child must remain home for a minimum of 48 hours after being symptom-free.
- Parents must be available to pick their child up within 45 minutes once they have been contacted by the school.
- While waiting for parents, students will wait in front of the medical office and will be required to wear a face mask.
- If a member of the family receives a positive COVID test result, the family should inform the school.
Your child should return to school if they are:
- Symptom-free, and are fever free for 48 hours without the use of antipyretic (fever-reducing) medicine (e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen, etc.) and are fit enough to participate in all school activities.
- In the event of COVID-19 infection, the student must not return to school until the isolation that was prescribed by the Croatian Epidemiology Department has ended.
- On return to school following an absence due to an illness or isolation, students must be checked at the health office immediately upon arrival to school, before going to the classroom.
- Essential: Return to school after a communicable disease must be approved and certified by the Family Doctor / Pediatrician.
- Absences with medical causes and lasting more than three days should be excused with a doctor's certificate with certified physician's stamp, and turned in to the Principal’s office.
Important Note about Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies can cause similar or the same respiratory symptoms as COVID-19 infection.
Please ensure that your family doctor notes that in AISZ Medical Form.
Parents must inform the school doctor of any allergies or any other medical condition that have been recently diagnosed.
In the case of seasonal allergies, person should start taking their medication at least two weeks before the start of the pollinating season (BEFORE they start experiencing symptoms)
Parents must ensure that children start on time and receive their allergy medication regularly in order to avoid any misinterpretation or confusion of their symptoms.
COVID-19 Specific Protocols
- A COVID positive or sick person should inform their GP and close contacts about exposure.
- Close contacts are defined as:
- sharing a household with a COVID- positive person
- stay in a closed space (e.g. classroom, meeting room, waiting room in a health care facility institution, airplane, public transportation, etc.) with a positive person at a distance of less than two meters in duration longer than 15 minutes - staying indoors at a distance of more than two meters can represent close contact, depending on whether the patient has symptoms, on wearing masks, on ventilation rooms.
COVID-positive or sick person is the most contagious a day or two before the onset of symptoms and within first 5 days of the infection.
If you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person:
- You do not have to self-isolate
- Wear a mask for the next 10 days regardless of vaccination and/or COVID recovery status, monitor for symptoms, and avoid any gatherings and contact with high risk persons (elderly, chronically sick or immunocompromised).
- Self-testing with a home rapid antigen test (RAT) is recommended on the 5th day from last close contact or before if a person develops symptoms (respiratory symptoms, scratchy -sore throat, sniffles or stuffy nose, cough, fever, headache, sore muscles, feeling sick).
- If positive on a home RAT, a person has to repeat RAT or do a PCR test in a certified laboratory and inform his/her GP /pediatrician about it.
A sick or COVID - positive person:
- Isolation for COVID -positive or sick persons is prescribed by the Epidemiology Department of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH).
- If you are a holder of Croatian health insurance, your general practitioner (GP) or pediatrician will inform you about your obligatory isolation. Please, forward the received isolation certificate to our medical office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you do not have a Croatian GP/pediatrician, you will submit your child’s PCR or laboratory rapid antigen test (RAT) results to the medical office at email@example.com. Our Medical Office will forward the information to the CIPH. A person can only be taken out of isolation by the CIPH.
- Not fully vaccinated or COVID recovered persons will have to isolate for 10 days.
- Vaccinated or COVID recovered persons will have to isolate for 7 days, while for the remaining 3 days will consistently and properly wear a mask when in contact with other people
- Isolation can be shortened after 5 days only if a person is asymptomatic and tests negative on laboratory rapid antigen test or PCR.
- A PCR test may still show a positive result even if the person is asymptomatic and healthy. Therefore, a person can stop isolation after 7 days if vaccinated/COVID recovered, or after 10 days if not vaccinated/COVID recovered without testing.
- In some cases, a COVID recovered person can experience certain symptoms (cough, anosmia - loss of smell, fatigue, etc.) that will remain even after the person is no longer contagious.