The Most Important COVID-19 Rules at the Moment

The most important guidelines for Primary and Lower Secondary Schools are outlined below.

  • Test

    As regards primary and lower secondary schools as well as schools with boarding, the health authorities strongly encourage employees and pupils above the age of 12 to be tested so that they can always present valid documentation of a test having been performed within the past 72 hours – however, no more than two tests per week are recommended. 

  • How to organize teaching

    You are not allowed to teach groups of pupils from different classes simultaneously. However, this rule does not apply to special-education classes or schools. 

    To the greatest extent possible, the school aims to create schedules in a way in which the pupils are not taught by more teachers or pedagogues than necessary. 

    Contact across classes should be minimized. If at all possible, breaks, recesses, arrival and school day conclusions should take place by class and in shifts. As long as the school makes sure that the activities in which pupils participate take place among pupils belonging to the same class, several classes can have recess at the same time and play outside, for instance. 

    Singing and shouting should be kept at a minimum, as activities that involve heavy exhaling provide an increased risk of transmission. During activities that involve singing, pupils as well as employees should remain at a distance of at least two meters. In addition, it is recommended that singing takes place within the class or within fixed group. If singing takes place in larger groups, it should take place outdoors, the group should be split up into classes/fixed groups, and pupils and employees should keep a distance of at least two meters – even those that belong to the same class/group.

    During sports and physical education that involve physical contact, increased attention must be put on hygiene and prevention of contact transmission of virus. 

  • The current distance requirements

    Whenever possible, students should follow the general recommendation of a one-metre distance from pupils from other classes. Within their own classes/groups at the school, pre-preparatory classes (SFO), etc., pupils can deviate from the general recommendation of a one-metre distance.

    Teachers and pedagogues should keep a distance of at least one metre from the pupils, when the pedagogical and teaching circumstances allow this. In other words, the general recommendation to keep a distance of one metre does not apply when there is a need for care, for instance if a child must be comforted or helped, or when a shorter distance is a prerequisite for performing the teaching, for instance when helping a pupil perform school assignments.

    Employees should keep a distance of one metre from each other in hallways, in the staff room, in meeting rooms, etc.

    People in the risk group should continue to keep a distance of two metres from pupils as well as colleagues.

  • Can we go on camp? 

    Yes, the health authorities have allowed camps within classes. Independent boarding schools (efterskoler) can go on camps with the entire school if overnight accommodation is planned in a way in which pupils are kept within their primary groups, and if the activities are planned in accordance with the general guidelines about hygiene, distance and testing. 

  • Can we hold parent-teacher conferences, staff meetings, etc.? 

     Yes, it is now allowed to hold meetings at the school, as long as the current guidelines are kept in mind. Visitors must wear masks or face shields when they are indoors.  

  • Does the ban on gatherings apply at the school? 

    Activities that directly concern the running of the school are exempt from the most restrictive ban on gatherings. However, the less restrictive ban on gatherings of 500 people applies both indoors and outdoors at the schools.  

  • Can we hold social events at the school? 

    Yes, social events such as breakfasts and class gatherings can be held at the schools. It is recommended that social events are held within the classes.

  • Can we hold general meetings, tours, information meetings, etc.?

    Yes, as long as you follow the current guidelines pertaining to hygiene and distance. People with COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home.

    It is highly recommended that visitors at the age of 12 years and above are tested.

    Visitors must wear masks or face shields when they are indoors. 

  • Is it possible to celebrate the last school day and to throw toffees?

    Schools are allowed to celebrate the last school day for their pupils, however, only within the individual classes. During toffee throwing, extra attention must be paid to hand hygiene. Toffee throwing must take place within the individual classes so that the final year pupils throw toffees for one class at a time so as to not mix the classes. The final year pupils must keep a certain distance from the pupils in the classes to whom they throw toffees. 

    Before the celebrations, the pupils must be informed about the test recommendations. They should also be informed about the fact that no one with COVID-19 symptoms should participate, and neither should pupils who are close contacts to a person who has COVID-19.

     

  • Does the ban on gatherings apply at the school? 

    Activities that directly concern the running of the school are exempt from the most restrictive ban on gatherings. However, the less restrictive ban on gatherings of 500 people applies both indoors and outdoors at the schools.