Young people with a chronic disease
It is quite rare that children and young people become severely ill as a consequence of the coronavirus. This also applies to children and young people with an underlying chronic disease or condition. However, there may be several young people with a serious disease or conditions who will be advised against attending school as a precaution.
In coordination with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Norwegian Society of Pediatricians has prepared a list of various diagnoses in children and young people that may have to be taken into special consideration. The Norwegian Society of Pediatricians believes that the majority of children with a chronic disease or condition can and should attend kindergarten or school.
Children and young people with a chronic disease/condition who can attend school as usual include the following:
- Children and young people with diabetes
- Children and young people with well-controlled asthma
- Children and young people with an allergy
- Children and young people with epilepsy
- Children and young people with Down’s syndrome
- Children and young people with a heart defect without heart failure
- Children and young people with an autoimmune disease undergoing immune-suppression treatment and with a stable condition
- Premature children without significant pulmonary disease
- Children and young people with obesity
A list of children and young people with a chronic disease/condition who can be evaluated individually to determine whether there is cause to keep the child/young person at home and/or for the school to offer adapted education can be found on the Norwegian Society of Pediatricians website.
The school and parents/guardian should discuss with the school whether it is possible to make adaptations that enable the child to attend school. The best interests of the child must be the focus of the assessment to determine whether and how the education and instruction can be carried out .For example, a deciding factors may be that the advantages of receiving adapted instruction at home outweigh the disadvantages for these young people in terms of relinquishing important social and academic development. In cases in which the need for adapted instruction is under consideration, the treating doctor must be consulted.
Generally speaking, there are no grounds for the siblings of these children/young people to be kept at home.