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Keeping children at home at the onset of illness has not led to an increase in overall absence

During the pandemic it has been important that students stay at home when they experience the first symptoms of illness. Initially it was believed that this could result in high student absence rates. Fortunately, this has proven not to be the case at Birralee.


The percentage of students who missed school due to illness during the 4th quarter of 2020 (October, November, December) was 3,2%. The historic absence rate at Birralee due to the illness during the same period is 3,4%.


This means that keeping children at home at the onset of illness has not led to an increase in overall student absence due to illness. We believe this needs to be seen in light of a combination of factors currently in place:

  • Children who immediately stay home when they first experience symptoms of illness do not infect their classmates before they finally stay home sick.

  • Increased focus on cleaning and hygiene, both in school and in society as a whole.

  • Reduced contact between people, both in school and in society as a whole.


More information on our website: www.birralee.no/corona



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