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Information for schools, after school programmes and childcare centres

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Transmission is prevented by sick people staying at home, good hygiene and reduced contact frequency between people.

Transmission is prevented by sick people staying at home, good hygiene and reduced contact frequency between people.


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National and local infection control measures

The Government has initiated the first step of the plan for a gradual reopening of society. The new national measures will apply from 16 April 2021.

Municipalities can introduce stricter measures locally according to the infection situation. Check your municipality's website for information on local measures.

The main principles in preventing transmission are that sick people should stay at home, limit contact frequency between people, good hand hygiene and coough etiquette, and thorough cleaning.

Contact-reducing measures in the infection control guidelines for schools and childcare centres are adapted to the teaching and care situation and based on children and young people's infectivity, their right to education and social needs.

Guidelines for childcare centres, schools and after school programmes

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training have prepared guidelines for infection control in childcare centres, schools and after school clubs. the guidelines describe in detail the practical implications of measures to reduce transmission and to give advice and support to ensure good infection control for staff, children and adolescents. 

The advice is graded by three different levels - green, yellow and red action levels - so that operations can be adapted to the appropriate infection situation. The health authorities decide which level the schools shall follow. 

See the advice and updates at the Directorate for Education and Training: 

In consultation with the Norwegian Pediatric Association, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health considers that the vast majority of children and young people with chronic diseases and conditions can go to childcare and school as usual. The Norwegian Pediatric Association has more detailed information on its website, which was updated on 25 September 2020.

Advice about hand hygiene in childcare centres and schools

Good hand hygiene is an important infection control measure. Childcare centres and schools must ensure that children and staff can perform hand hygiene as required, in the correct way and with products that are effective and not irritating to the skin on the hands.

Closing ceremonies and other events in schools and childcare centres

Tailored advice for end-of-school year ceremonies and other events:

  • No-one who is sick should attend.
  • Good hygiene is important and there must be adequate facilities for hand washing / hand disinfection.
  • Organise ceremonies for up to the number of people allowed (for example, by department in childcare centre or by classroom in schools). See updated advice about events.
  • Children who attend the same cohort / class can socialise as normal. This also applies to people within the same household / family. Those who are not normally close contacts should stay one metre away from other children and adults.
  • Food and drinks should be organised as normal, with a focus on good hand hygiene and general good food hygiene. 

A teacher or guardian can be the organiser and should be familiar with the current advice for events. It is important to register who is present.

Ceremonies in schools and childcare centres are traditionally a family event. There is a wide span from childcare centre to upper secondary school and there will be differences in how they are marked; for example, whether to gather relatively many children / pupils with few family members, or small groups of children / pupils with their whole family.

History

12.04.2021: Minor updates as per Norwegian version

28.9.2010: Removed advice for children with chronic diseases and children living with persons with increased risk. Sentence added stating that the vast majority of children and young people with chronic diseases and conditions can go to kindergarten and school as usual.

14.09.2020: Main content not changed but minor adjustments to text made. 

04.06.2020: Added information about end-of-school year ceremonies

29.05.2020: Added information about updated advice and traffic light model. Removed text about hand washing, linked to article about hand washing instead.

26.05.2020: Added hand washing advice as per Norwegian version.

08.05.2020
General updates as per Norwegian version.

16.03.2020
Updated prior to reopening of childcare centres and schools. Added link to infection control guide published on website of Directorate of Education and Training

25.03.2020

Updated dates for school closures

13.03.2020
Added paragraphs about closure of schools and childcare centres. Removed a duplicate sentence about having paper tissues available.

12.03.2020
Updated as per changes to Norwegian text - general changes throughout

12.03.2020

Created English version