The schools in the North region will be the first in the country to reopen on Monday. Most corona measures for primary and secondary schools were already introduced before the summer holidays, but there are also changes this new school year. What should children and their parents take into account?

Children have to go to school every day

Pupils in both primary and secondary education have to go to school five days a week again, while secondary schools were only partially open before the summer holidays. In principle, distance learning is only seen as an alternative in the event that teachers cannot be physically at school. There are some exceptions.

A pupil who belongs to the risk groups or has a family member who falls under this group can be exempted from lessons on location in consultation with the school management. Schools must then discuss the options for home-based education with the parents.

This also applies to children who have been in countries with an orange or red travel advice. Newly returned travelers from the age of 13 are not expected at school due to the recommended quarantine period. Schools will not report them to the attendance officer.

Younger children do have to go to school, because, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), they hardly play a role in the spread of the corona virus. However, they are not intended to be brought or collected by a person who is in quarantine.

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Everyone stays at home in case of possible corona complaints

As a parent you are only allowed to enter the school and the playground after answering a number of questions about your health. If it turns out that you may be infected or have had contact with someone who may be infected, you are not allowed to enter the school grounds.

A student with possible corona complaints must stay at home and can only go back to school when he or she is free of complaints for 24 hours. You also stay at home if a family member has a fever or is short of breath. Pupils of groups 1 and 2 are allowed to go to school, in contrast to others with a cold, because children of this age often have a cold.

Anyone who is tested for the corona virus will stay at home awaiting the results. In case of a positive test, the GGD decides on the basis of the circumstances whether additional measures are necessary and whether students should be tested. Corona patients immediately go into isolation.

Schools are taking measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Students should wash their hands regularly

In addition to the basic rules, schools are also taking extra measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus. These measures may differ per school. Sector organizations have drawn up protocols with the most important regulations.

All students should wash their hands regularly, for example at the beginning of class. In many classrooms soap or hand gel will be present as well as cleaning products for the tables. Daily cleaning focuses on door handles and other items that are often touched.

On the basis of the RIVM guidelines, the sector organizations of schools have drawn up a guide on the ventilation of classrooms, which states, among other things, that rooms must be regularly aired and that the recirculation of air in one room must be avoided.

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Pupils do not have to keep their distance from each other

Pupils do not have to keep their distance from each other, even if they are already eighteen years old. Last school year, the one-and-a-half meter rule still applied between secondary school students. They still have to keep their distance from their teachers, which primary school children don't have to do.

Furthermore, adults always keep their distance from each other. In secondary school, teachers are only allowed to deviate from the one-and-a-half meter rule during practical lessons with students, but they must keep their distance as much as possible.

According to the protocols, schools will try to spread breaks so that the corridors and the auditoriums do not become full of students. If possible, they only pause with their own class. Furthermore, everyone goes home immediately after school. Preferably on foot or by bicycle. Public transport is there for students who have no other options.