Quick Reference: COVID-19
- Definitions, Contract Tracing and Quarantine Guidelines
- Resources and Links
- Contact Information
Vaccination offers strong protection against COVID-19 and is the best way to keep your children and our community safe. We encourage everybody to get the vaccine.
Please complete the COVID vaccination forms on PowerSchool.
- Children between 3 and 5 years of age: As of December 2021, children in this age group are eligible to receive the vaccine at any vaccination center.
- Children between 6 and 17 years of age: By now, this group has received the full scheme either at Nido or at a vaccination center.
- Students 18 years and older: Starting January 1, 2022, this group must have a booster shot to obtain or keep their mobility pass.
Please fill the forms that have been assigned in PowerSchool. Currently, our response rate is low, affecting us in several ways: from not complying with the Ministry of Education’s (Mineduc) request that schools keep a student vaccination registry to not being able to assign the correct number of quarantine days to the close contacts when there is a confirmed COVID-19 case. This information will also allow us to make certain changes to improve students’ experience in the school: better classroom layouts and use of common spaces, the possibility to bring back classroom celebrations, among others.
Vaccination is the most effective protection against COVID-19, and we urge all parents, faculty and staff to stay current with booster shots and get the vaccine if you haven’t yet. Chile has started the second booster vaccination for immunocompromised individuals and has announced they will begin vaccinating the general population in February. Click here for the vaccination calendar. Faculty and staff without a full vaccination scheme must follow the protocol sent by HR and supervisors will be notified to ensure compliance.
Definition of Cases and Contacts
In January 2022, the MINSAL updated the definitions and quarantine guidelines, and in February the Mineduc published the Sanitary Measures And Epidemiological Surveillance Protocol For Educational Establishments (Spanish version).
Sanitary Measures in School Establishment
1. In-person classes and classroom activities
Educational establishments must carry out in-person activities and classes in all steps of the Paso a Paso Plan.
Attendance of students is mandatory.
The full school day resumes.
2. Physical distance and maximum capacity
*Considering that more than 80% of school students have been fully vaccinated, the maximum capacity (aforo) restriction is eliminated in all areas of the educational establishments. Distancing during daily activities is encouraged.
3. Current sanitary prevention measures
* Continuous ventilation of classrooms and common spaces, i.e., at least one window or door should be kept open at all times. If possible, it is recommended to maintain cross ventilation to generate airflow (for example, keeping the door and a window opens simultaneously). If weather conditions permit, all windows should be kept open.
* Mandatory use of masks: according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the mandatory use of masks is defined according to the following parameters:
Children under the age of 5: not recommended.
Children between the ages of 6 and 11: mandatory, and a risk assessment should be made considering adequate adult supervision and directions for the child on how to put on, take off and wear the mask safely.
From the age of 12: mandatory under the same assumptions for adults.
* Implement hand washing routines with soap or hand sanitizer every 2 to 3 hours for all school community members.
* No greetings with physical contact.
* Recommend parents and guardians to be alert to the presence of symptoms daily. If a member of the household has symptoms of COVID-19, they should go to a health care center and not attend school until a physician has evaluated them.
* Effective and clear communication to the school community, informing them about the protocols and measures implemented.
* Follow school transportation protocol, which includes keeping a passenger list, constant ventilation, and prohibition of food consumption.
* Physical activity should be done in ventilated places, preferably outdoors.
All establishments have a protocol for dealing with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, which provides specific instructions on how to proceed in different scenarios. These protocols must be adapted to what the health authority indicates regarding epidemiological surveillance in educational contexts.
RESOURCES / RECURSOS
Students and employees that feel ill should not come to campus, but please pay special attention to the symptoms below, which would qualify someone as a suspected case.
- One of the following cardinal symptoms: a fever above 37.8°C, sudden loss of smell or loss of taste; or
- Two or more of the following symptoms for more than 24 hours:
- weakness or fatigue
- muscle pain
- sore throat when swallowing liquids or fluids
- chest pain
- coughing or sneezing
- nasal congestion
- difficulty breathing
- nausea or vomiting
- increased breathing rate