Frequently Asked Questions for guardians
Below you will find information for you as a guardian to children and students who attend Bladins preschools and schools. The information is updated regularly. Please remember, if your child shows signs of a cold, even mild symptoms – stay at home!
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When are children and students allowed back to preschool or school after they have been sick?
On the first of September 2020, the Public Health Agency updated their advice with regards to when children and students can return to preschool and school after sickness. Bladins has therefore updated our guidelines accordingly:
Children and students who have stayed at home because of cold and/or flu symptoms but have not been tested for Covid -19 are welcome back to preschool or school when they have felt completely healthy for 48 hours. When it has been 7 days since they became sick and they have felt healthy for 48 hours they can return to school and preschool even if they still have a mild cough or runny nose.
Children and students who have tested positively for Covid -19 should stay at home for at least 7 days after their first symptom as well as felt completely healthy for 2 days without a fever. After that, they can return to school or preschool even if a mild cough or runny nose remains.
Children and students who have been at home due to sickness and have tested negative to Covid -19 can return to preschool or school when they feel well and healthy and do not have a fever.
For further clarification of these rules please see Folkhälsomyndigheten, Frågor och svar för barn och unga (Swedish link)
If you as a guardian feel unsure about whether to send your child back to preschool/school, please contact 1177 for further advice.
My child has mild cold symptoms, should they stay at home?
Yes, everyone with symptoms of respiratory infection or cold, even mild ones, should avoid all social contacts as there is a risk of an infection spreading (according to guidelines from the Swedish Public Health Agency). Therefore your child should not attend school even with mild symptoms of a cold, for example a snotty nose, cough, sore throat or a fever.
If parents or siblings are sick, is the child allowed to attend preschool or school?
Yes. If the child is symptom-free they are welcome to preschool and school. With mild symptoms the child should stay at home.
My child is sensitive to infection, should they go to school?
Please turn to your child’s Doctor for guidance. In consultation with a Doctor each individual has to assess how they should act in the current situation. If the assessment is that your child should not go to school, please contact the Principal.
We have a confirmed case of Covid -19 in the family. Should my child stay at home?
The person with a confirmed case of Covid -19 will receive instructions from their Doctor with regards to how to stop the infection spreading to others. These instructions can include advice for other people in the household.
What is Bladins preschools and schools doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Bladins follows the recommendations of the Swedish Public Health Agency to schools and preschools and has implemented the following measures to prevent the spread of infection in all preschools and schools:
- Guardians of children and students who display cold/flu symptoms during the day are contacted directly and asked to come and pick up their child as soon as possible.
- Children and students are regularly informed and reminded of the importance of good hand hygiene, sneezing/coughing in the arm crease and avoiding touching their face.
- Mandatory sanitizing of hands for everyone entering our schools. Hand sanitizer is available at all entrances.
- Signs with information about hand hygiene are posted around the school and hand sanitizer is available for students and staff (in preschool hand sanitizer is only used in the supervision of staff members or guardians)
- Guardians drop off and pick up their children outside the schools, with the exception of preschools
- Increased cleaning routines at all schools, including wiping of door handles, handrails, tables and bathrooms
- Toys and school IT equipment is cleaned daily
- Students and staff who have been provided with a laptop from school are urged to disinfect this regularly, cleaning supplies are provided by the school
- Actions are taken to enable social distancing and avoid crowding in all school premises
- Activities that are able to take place outside, such as activities in preschools and after school care, as well as PE lessons, are conducted outdoors to the extent it is possible
- In the event of an external activity, thorough risk assessments are done and actions are taken to prevent the risk of the spread of infection
- Internal events where many student or staff groups meet such as performances, assemblies and other gatherings are cancelled or carried out digitally
- Parent meetings and student development talks are carried put digitally at all schools
- Only necessary external visits, for example for maintenance, are allowed to all of our facilities
- Deliveries to the schools are left outside our premises
Access the Swedish Public Health Agency’s guidelines for schools and preschools here (Swedish only).
I want to keep my child at home, can I do that?
If your child is healthy, it is important that your child comes to school and takes part in the education. Otherwise, the child risks unauthorised absence.
A child living in Sweden has to attend school from förskoleklass (PYP 1) to grade 9 (MYP 4) and have during this time a legal right to have access to education. This is regulated in the Swedish School Act.
We follow the directives from the National Public Health Agency. They mean that there is currently no reason for healthy students to stay home from school from an infection control perspective.
Does Bladins offer distance learning?
Bladins is working to support those students who, for a variety of reasons connected to Covid -19 cannot attend school.
For those students who have been medically advised to stay at home due to disease control factors, Bladins schools work to ensure their education. The set-up of the provided education may differ between the different schools, as well as between different year groups etc. Special consideration will, of course, be given to the individual needs and specific situation of each student. If your child will be absent for a longer period of time due to covid -19, we ask you to please contact the principal at your school.
We urge those students who need to stay home with mild cold symptoms to focus on resting and recovering, in order to be able to return to school as soon as possible. For students who, by their guardians are considered well enough to participate in education the schools offer digital distance learning or home assignments to the extent it is possible. Please note that this cannot be compared to the learning that happens in the physical classroom: Healthy students should therefore return to school when they are able to, please see the question “When are children and students allowed back to preschool or school after they have been sick?” above.
Bladins’ schools are prepared to be able to expand distance learning efforts, or to adjust how we conduct education depending on how the situation develops in schools, in the region or in society in general. Decisions will be made within each individual school, as situations and conditions may differ.
In accordance with Swedish compulsory school attendance, healthy symptom-free students must, as a rule, attend school on site.
Who are considered to work in essential businesses and will, therefore, have access to childcare for their children in schools and preschool if schools close?
In the event of a closure of preschools and/or schools, the government has decided that childcare should be provided to children of guardians who work in essential businesses. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has clarified which sectors are considered to be essential to society.
Please note that you are only entitled to childcare if you are not able to arrange this in another way. If there are two guardians and only one works in an essential business it is expected that the second guardian takes care of the child.
Read information about this here (Swedish only).
I work in an essential business and will need childcare in the event of a preschool and/or school closure. How do I report this to Bladins?
If you as a guardian think that your job may be essential, please discuss this with your employer. It is the employer who determines if you work in an essential business and which employees who are essential in order to uphold essential services.
If your work is considered essential you should report your need of childcare to the Principal of your child’s preschool/school.
If Bladins requests it, you as a guardian should be able to validate your need for childcare with a confirmation from your employer.
Why do you not close the schools?
Bladins should, as an actor in a community-bearing sector, follow the expert advice given by the government and the Public Health Agency. At present, the advice is to keep preschools and compulsory schools open. For this to work, it is necessary that everyone with cold symptoms (even mild) stay at home until they are completely healthy and an additional two days.
Amongst our guardians, there are many individuals who work in roles that are essential for society to function, such as police, hospital staff and staff in social and elderly care. Closed preschools and schools will have consequences across society in sectors which are essential.
Preschools and schools are also safe spaces for many children in their day-to-day life and the children and students who need special support receive this in school. Schools also help maintain children’s routines which is especially important for their sense of security in a time of uncertainty. Therefore we choose to keep our schools and preschools open for as long as the guidelines from the authorities do not say otherwise.
How do I speak to my child about the coronavirus?
It is important that children are given the opportunity to talk about their thoughts and possible worry regarding covid-19.
BRIS (a Swedish children rights organisation) have together with MSB Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) developed this advice for adults (Swedish only) https://www.krisinformation.se/artiklar/sa-pratar-du-med-barn-om-coronaviruset
If you are unable to read Swedish and would like support in how to speak to your child about the current situation, please contact your school’s counsellor or another member of staff for guidance.
Why are so many of your links in Swedish?
In this FAQ we have tried to gather and summarise the most important information from the Swedish authorised on this matter. We have chosen to include the original links for you to have access to the original source. Unfortunately, not all details from the authorities have been translated into English at this stage.
Please see links to general information in English from Swedish authorities on the right-hand side of this page.
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