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Information for parents during COVID-19 – School procedures at yellow level

The Government has categorized the coronavirus pandemic into three different levels: red, yellow and green. We're now at the yellow level.

The following measures apply at the yellow level:

1) Nobody who is ill must go to school

2) Good hygiene and reinforced cleaning

3) Contact-reducing measures: Avoid physical contact between people (shaking hands and hugging). Entire classes are considered a cohort, but staff can switch between cohorts/classes. Cohorts are divided by year at SFO (the before and after school program). Avoid congestion and big gatherings. Strive to have separate areas in the schoolyard for different classes/cohorts* during breaks/recesses. 

What everyday life at school will be like

Opening hours

  • Schools and SFO will operate under normal opening hours at yellow level.
  • The care provision
  • The care provision will no longer apply during operation at yellow level.
  • Organization
  • At the yellow level, the usual class/teaching group division will be the basis for the cohort division. For open layout classroom schools, students should be divided into groups corresponding to the size of a regular class. The cohort size can be adapted to local conditions, the size of the class, and conditions at the individual school. The 1-meter distance rule within the cohort shall cease to apply, and it will now be possible to have the entire class/teaching group in the same classroom, like normal. The same cohorts should also be maintained in SFO. Staff can move between cohorts. In the lower secondary school guidance, it is emphasized that although staff can move between the cohorts, they should keep their distance to pupils.
  • Two cohorts can collaborate, preferably outdoors. At the yellow level, one must avoid big gatherings and congestion. This means that schools cannot host joint events.
  • Information for lower secondary schools: When teaching in groups across classes and years, such as for electives and language subjects, pupils from different cohorts can gather in the same room. Pupils can either sit by cohort or have regular seats in the classroom.
     

Recess

The cohorts must be assigned their own areas in which to remain during breaks. Multiple cohorts can use the same area in succession, without it being necessary to clean between cohorts.

Meals

All pupils must have had breakfast before they arrive at school and must bring a packed lunch to both school and SFO. Students eat in their cohorts.

Hygiene and infection control

All pupils and staff must remain at home in case of a confirmed infection or if there are any symptoms of illness.

Good hand hygiene should be performed in the right way, at the right time and with effective and mild products. All staff and pupils must wash their hands when arriving at school, before meals, after coughing/sneezing, after toilet visits and if hands are visibly dirty, in accordance with hand washing procedures in the national guidance. The school must have alcoholic disinfectants available for use where it’s not possible to wash hands with soap and water.

Transport

In the updated infection control guidance for primary and lower secondary schools, it is still written that the use of public transport to and from the school shall be limited where possible. Furthermore, it says that pupils should sit on every other seat, but that pupils from the same household or cohort (class) can sit together. Since pupils from the same class can sit together, this means that Skyss (the public transport company) can now transport more pupils than before. In practice, all seats can be used (including the seats marked with a poster that they should not be used), as long as the pupil can sit with another pupil from the same class. Bus operators have been informed that buses must stop for pupils in order to ensure that all pupils arrive at school.

Illness and risk groups

Pupils and staff who have symptoms of respiratory infection or are ill must not be at school. In case of symptoms, pupils must be sent home or collected as soon as possible, and remain at home until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. Staff who are ill must leave work as soon as possible. Parents/guardians who are healthy and do not have symptoms of respiratory infection can accompany and collect their children at school, but must follow the school's local delivery and pick-up guidelines.

People in risk groups must clarify with their doctor whether they can go to school.

The Norwegian Association of Paediatricians believes that most children with chronic illnesses can and should attend kindergarten and school.