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Research Schools and Covid

Research Schools and Covid

Research has shown that infections with coronavirus occur primarily when people spend long periods of time and short distances with each other in indoor spaces. These conditions occur daily in high schools. The "Schools and Covid" study investigates whether schools are a major contributor to the epidemic. This research is a collaboration between UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University, TU Delft, Erasmus MC and RIVM.

Positive tests uitklapper, klik om te openen

At your school, several individuals have tested positive for coronavirus in a short period of time. The school is participating in the Schools and Covid study. During this study, we are inviting contacts of these positively tested individuals to participate in the study. The information leaflets below describe in detail what the study entails and what is expected of the participants.

Pupils up to and including 11 years of age uitklapper, klik om te openen

In the information letters below, you and your child can find more information about what participating in the study entails. Children up to age 11 do not need to sign a consent form themselves. However, we do need permission from both parents and/or guardians. You can fill out the consent form online and you can find it in the overview below.

  • Information letter student under 12 years
  • Information letter parents and/or guardians
  • Consent form for parents and/or guardians

Pupil 12 to 15 years uitklapper, klik om te openen

In the information letters below, you and your child can find more information about what participating in the study entails. In addition to needing permission from the pupil, we also need permission from both parents and/or guardians. Without permission from both parents and/or guardians, the student cannot participate in the study.*

There is one joint consent form where the student and both parents can give consent to participate in the study. The consent form can be filled out online and it can be found in the chart below.

* If the student has only 1 parent and/or guardian, consent from 1 representative is sufficient.

  • Information letter for pupils aged 12-15
  • Information letter parents and/or guardians
  • Consent form participant AND both parents and/or guardians.

Pupil and employee 16 years or older uitklapper, klik om te openen

In the information letter below, you can find more information about what participating in the study entails. We do not require parental and/or guardian consent for students who are 16 years of age or older. You can fill out the consent form online and you can find it in the overview below.

  • Information letter 
  • Consent form participant

Test result uitklapper, klik om te openen

The throat-to-nose swab is tested for the presence of the coronavirus in the laboratory of Erasmus MC. We aim to inform you/you of the test result within 48 hours.

In addition, we test the saliva for the presence of antibodies against the virus. The tests are performed in the laboratory of the RIVM and we will inform you of the result at the end of the study.  

Contact details study team uitklapper, klik om te openen

If you have any further questions, you can contact the study team during office hours by emailing scholenencovid@umcutrecht.nl or calling/whatsapping 0650177712

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