Involvement and collaboration
Everyone who plays a role in the school must contribute to ensuring the best possible infection control. This applies to students, parents/guardians and staff, including union representatives and safety officers.
School health services and municipal health services
The school nurse has infection control expertise and should be involved in the planning and supervision of the school’s infection control efforts. The municipal health and care services can be consulted if necessary for advice on infection control measures at schools. This is also the organisation responsible for following up on Covid-19 cases and outbreaks at schools and for assessing the level of measures in light of the local infection situation.
Students are important contributors and should be included in the school’s planning efforts, such as through the student council, to ensure the best possible implementation of infection control measures. This can lead to better and more targeted measures and increase motivation in terms of infection control among students, especially at upper secondary schools. Students can also help assess how the school can organise the education in the best possible way on the yellow and red levels. Collaboration between the student council, school and school health services to promote effective infection control measures leads to better compliance. The student council can also encourage students to install the ‘Smittestopp’ (‘Infection Stop’) app on their smartphones.
Staff members, represented by the union representatives and safety officers, make an important contribution to ensuring good infection control for students and staff alike. Union representatives should be involved in planning and assessing how schools can organise the education in the best possible way on the yellow and red levels. The safety officers also play a role in preventing infection at schools (see the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority website). It is important to provide all staff with good information.
It is important to engage in productive dialogue with parents/guardians in order to provide them with the necessary information on the measures implemented at the school. This includes providing information tailored to the recipient. It is necessary to promote an understanding of the importance of students attending school and that infection control measures are respected.
Student progress meetings can be conducted on the green and yellow levels in keeping with the regular infection control recommendations. Online meetings are recommended on the red level. All the same, a face-to-face meeting may be necessary. In this case, the regular infection control recommendations should be followed.
Parent-teacher meetings and other gatherings organised by the school are considered public events and must be carried out in line with the applicable recommendations from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Directorate of Health. The municipality may have implemented stricter rules than the national ones, so the municipal website should always be checked first. If the red level of measures has been implemented, parent-teacher meetings or other large gatherings are advised against. Online meetings are recommended in this case.
Parents/guardians in a risk group can contact their own doctor to assess the need to adapt instruction in order to limit the risk of infection. It is important to engage in productive dialogue with parents/guardians and make every effort to ensure that the interests of the young people are considered, so that the young people can experience as normal a daily routine as possible and continue to attend school.