Infection Control Guidelines for Upper Secondary Schools

Special guidelines for upper secondary schools with boarding schools

Boarding schools where students live close together can be particularly vulnerable to an outbreak. This makes it important to strengthen hygiene measures and limit contact between students. The general recommendations for hygiene, cleaning and reduced physical contact apply (see above).

On the green level, additional measures are not needed apart from sick persons staying at home/in their own room and that good hand hygiene and cough etiquette practices are observed. Students must be informed about how to contact the local health services if they become ill. Students and staff with respiratory symptoms may not go to school or use the common areas.

On the yellow and red levels, it should be considered whether the number of students per room and bathroom can be limited. Students should be put into assigned groups that share the same bathroom and other common facilities as much as possible. The groups should be mixed as little as possible. This reduces the number of contacts if a person becomes symptomatic. On the yellow level, the groups can be larger than on the red level. The group size depends on the number of students at the boarding school and the room facilities. If there is a shared cafeteria or dining room, the number of students who eat at the same time should be limited to reduce contact between students and staff. The number of persons in the common rooms at the same time should be limited.

Students and staff who become ill should follow the current recommendations for testing and quarantine. If possible, they should go home and only return to school when they are well enough and have tested negative. They should not travel home by public transportation. A plan must be prepared for dealing with sick students who live in the boarding school.

Students and staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 must be isolated in accordance with the current guidelines issued by the health services. The chief municipal medical officer is responsible for following up on all Covid-19 cases and for contact tracing.

The boarding school must facilitate the isolation of students who are infected or confirmed to be infected and are unable to travel home. They may not interact with other students and must stay in their own room and use a separate bathroom. Food should be served in their room.

Students and staff identified as close contacts who are required to quarantine should travel home during the quarantine period if possible. If this is not possible, a private room must be available to them. Persons in quarantine should avoid common areas. See Suitable locations for quarantine (FHI). These persons must remain alert for respiratory symptoms.

See also the recommendations for quarantine and isolation (FHI).

The municipal health services can be contacted regarding the local adaptation of procedures.

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