Infection Control Guidelines for Upper Secondary Schools

Introduction

A primary goal is for children and young people to be subjected to as few infection control measures as possible. Keeping schools open is particularly important. The overall negative effects of closed schools are significant.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Directorate for Education and Training have developed guidelines with various levels of recommendations (traffic light model), aimed at maintaining infection control in schools and kindergartens with varying infection levels, both locally and/or nationally. The traffic light model was developed in order to keep schools open in spite of different infection levels in society.

These guidelines provide insight into and examples of how kindergartens, primary, secondary and upper secondary schools, as well as out-of-school care (SFO), can stay open, while at same time complying with infection control measures. The guidelines are updated continuously as medical knowledge advances and are based on the applicable framework conditions, regulations and funding. They are also in addition to the existing rules and guidelines described in the ‘Regulation relating to environmental health in kindergartens and schools’.

These guidelines are intended to provide recommendations and rules for upper secondary schools during the Covid-19 outbreak. They apply to all upper secondary schools, regardless of type or profile .

The guidelines are based on the requirements of infection control measures for safe operations in the Covid-19 regulation § 12 b., first section, cf § 12a., first section, d-f.

They also apply to adult education (see separate section).

These guidelines were developed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Directorate for Education and Training and Directorate of Health.

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