Governement guidelines were presented on April 20 and contain the following directions for the reopening of schools:
- Sick persons must not be at school/SFO
- Good hygiene
- Reduced contact frequency between persons
The Education Office has drawn up procedures to be followed for the reopening of our municipal primary schools and SFO (the before and after school programme). These will be updated in the event of changes in the national guidelines and regulations.
SFO will abide by the opening hours set out in municipal and local regulations. The normal teaching schedule applies for schools. It is possible to move the start of the school day by up to 15 minutes for some groups, in order to avoid big gatherings of pupils and crowding between cohorts (groups of pupils).
The Care Provision
The care provision for pupils up to the age of 12 will remain in place. Read more here.
Regular Groups (Cohorts)
The schools/SFO will divide pupils into regular cohorts with permanent staff. For example, a cohort may be the same as the school's normal class division. In many cases maintaining the ordinary groups of pupils will be in the best interest of both the pupils and the school. Maintaining permanent cohorts is the most important infection control measure. To the extent possible, these groups must be distributed into their assigned rooms in schools/SFO.
Schools must ensure that infection control advice for schools and SFO is also followed at recess and during activities. This might mean having recess at different times for different groups.
Schools must ensure that infection control advice for schools and SFO is also followed inside cloak rooms. This may mean that staff must accompany pupils into cloak rooms in staggered groups.
Packed Lunches at School and SFO
All pupils must eat breakfast before arriving at school and SFO. All pupils must bring their own packed lunch to school and SFO. The municipality will not charge for school food while the packed lunch arrangement is in place. No food will be prepared at SFO. In order for group size requirements to be met, SFO staff must give priority to their groups rather than preparing food and tidying up.
Outdoor Lessons and Activities
To the extent possible, outdoor lessons and activities may be arranged for part of the day. The design of the premises may be of importance in terms of how many pupils and staff can be present in the same room. In order to avoid too close contact between the cohorts, an increased use of outdoor activities can be arranged whenever feasible.
Delivering and Collecting Pupils
School/SFO staff will welcome pupils and guardians outside. This will be done in order to prevent too many people from gathering inside the premises. The school and SFO will inform pupils and guardians where to meet.
Thorough and Frequent Hand Washing
The most important measure in preventing infection is thorough and frequent hand washing. In accordance with the national guidelines for hand washing, all staff and pupils must wash their hands when arriving at school/SFO, before and after meals, after coughing/sneezing, after having been to the bathroom, when entering and exiting the school building, and when they have visibly dirty hands. The school/SFO must have disinfectants containing alcohol available for use where hand washing with soap and water is not possible, e.g. during walks.
Adapting the Learning Environment
The learning environment both inside and outside the school must be arranged so that necessary and realistic infection control considerations can be taken. Some learning materials and toys need to be stowed away, especially materials that are difficult to clean.
Thorough and frequent cleaning is important to prevent infection. Enhanced cleaning is important in exposed areas. Shared learning materials such as computers, teaching props, and the like must be wiped after use. Toys in SFO must be cleaned daily. Where this is not possible, such toys must be stowed away.
Chronically Ill Children
The Norwegian Association of Paediatricians believes that the vast majority of children with chronic diseases can and should attend kindergarten and school. The attending physician makes these assessments. More information on the assessment of children with chronic illnesses can be found on the Norwegian Medical Association website.
Pupils with Respiratory Ailments Must Not Go to School
Pupils and staff who have respiratory ailments or who are ill must not go to school/SFO. In case of symptoms, pupils must be sent home or collected as quickly as possible and remain at home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. Guardians who are healthy and do not have symptoms of respiratory infection may accompany and collect their children at school/SFO, but must abide by the school's local guidelines for delivering and collecting pupils.
The Government has published the following list of risk groups. People in these groups must check with their doctor whether they should go to school/SFO.
- It's safe to send the children to school
Although many children and adults are pleased that schools are now set to reopen, some may also be concerned about infection. Here, the head doctor at Communicable Disease Control Office explains how the virus spreads and answers questions related to the school reopening:
Watch the VIDEO: - Trygt å sende barna på skolen. (subtitles in Arabic, English, Kinyarwanda, Lithuanian, Polish, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya.)
Video for children and adults
This is the new everyday life for pupils:
(saken fortsettter under vinduet)
The Care Provision
The care provision for pupils in primary levels 1 to 4 will continue within the SFO programme. The programme for pupils in levels 5 to 7 will continue as before. Read more here.
Do You Have Any Questions?
For questions about infection control, you can also call the municipal coronavirus information hotline at 55 56 77 00. For practical questions, contact your school. For questions about your own health or that of your child, contact your regular GP.
Information in multiple languages will be available here shortly.