Infection Control Measures during the Covid-19 Pandemic
The Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training states that as long as the virus circulates in society, infection with Covid-19 can occur – also in schools - because it is not possible to prevent all new cases. As a school, we are committed to limit the spread of infection among children and school staff.
The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training has identified three main pillars for curbing the spread of infection. These are, in order of priority:
1. If you are ill, you should not be in school
2. Maintain good hygiene and cleaning routines
3. Reduce contact between people
We have outlined the practical implemenation of these three pillars in routines and procedures in the attached policy: Infection Control Measures at Birralee.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Facemasks in school
The Norwegian Health Authorities do not recommend the use of face masks in schools. This applies to both students and staff in primary school, secondary school and upper secondary school.
From 12th December, facemasks are mandatory in certain areas in Trondheim for everyone born before 2008 (with the exception of people who can not wear a facemask due to medical reasons).
These areas include:
Schools (but not for employees and students)
Outside in crowded areas (e.g. when you are born after 2008 and are waiting outside the gate before or after school)
The Health Authorities do not recommend the use of face masks by children. Children may have difficulty wearing a face mask correctly, and very young children may find it difficult to breathe well when wearing a face mask.
Staff in childcare centres and schools who have a higher risk of a severe course of COVID-19 should discuss the need for workplace adjustment with their doctor.
Original article on FHI.no
When should students stay at home?
Children should not come to school if they don't feel well This also applies to mild symptoms, with the exception of younger children (Year 1 - Year 4) whose only symptom is a slightly runny nose.
For children of primary school and kindergarten age, it is recommended to assess the situation for two days. If there is no improvement after two days, parents / guardians should contact their GP or call the Corona Hotline - 905 09 052 - to consider testing.
Children can return to school if they are in good shape and in good general condition. Parents can assess this by observing how the children eat, drink and play. Children can also return even if they have some residual symptoms. For example, a runny nose, an occasional cough or a congested nose.
Here you will find information on how to order testing or have a call to assess whether you should be tested:
Some practical implications:
No parents or other visitors are allowed on school premises: both plagyround and school building - unless specific permission has been given by the Principal in advance.
Teachers and Administration are availabe to meet through Google Meet. Please contact the teacher or to set up an appointment.
To help our cleaning staff, children are asked to take all of their belongings (clothes) home every Friday
You can schedule a test for coronavirus either online or by telephone. If you submit the online form, you do not need to call the hotline. This only causes further delay.
You must login with BankID/MinID to use the form.
Note: You cannot use the form to schedule a test for coronavirus for your children, or if you do not have BankID/MinID. In these cases, you must call the coronavirus hotline: 905 09 052
Do you have questions about the coronavirus, suspect that you may be infected or want to schedule a test for coronavirus?
Call the Trondheim municipality information hotline at 905 09 052.
The hotline is open
Monday-Friday at 9am to 6pm
Saturday-Sunday at 11 am to 6pm
Trondheim Kommune will bring in an interpreter if needed. This may take some time, but they will contact you as soon as possible.