Although the outgoing cabinet tightened up a series of measures on Friday, education remains open.

There will be some measures for groups of (young) students.

As of today, this is the new situation in (primary) education.

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Why the cabinet considers new measures for education necessary

  • Schools are a major source of infections.

    Relatively most infections are traced to schools outdoors.

  • The number of infected young children is also rising rapidly.

    In the past week, 32,000 infected five to fourteen-year-olds were involved.

  • That amounts to more than one in five infections of the total number (154,000).

These are the new rules in a nutshell

  • Pupils and teachers from group 6 and secondary school students are now required to wear a mask in the hallway.

    If children sit somewhere, the mouth mask can be removed again.

  • The above groups are also asked to do a self-test twice a week.

  • Schools should provide walking routes.

    The cabinet also asked schools to do this during previous corona waves.

  • From now on, children under the age of twelve will also stay at home with mild complaints.

The measures apply in any case until December 19.

These are the rules for primary education

In primary education, only staff members are required to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.

Employees and students stay at home if they have complaints that are consistent with the coronavirus, such as a mild nose cold or a snot.

They are also tested at the GGD.

Previously, children under the age of twelve were allowed to go to school with minor complaints according to the so-called 'snotte bubble policy'.

They were only required to stay home while awaiting a test result or if they had been in close contact with an infected person.

From now on, teachers and students from group 6 will also be asked to take a self-test twice a week.

These will be delivered to schools as soon as possible.

The ministry is still discussing this with the education sector.

Finally, students are asked to come to school by themselves as much as possible.

Parents are requested to stay outside the school.

Pupils follow walking routes laid out in school.

These are the rules for secondary education

In secondary education, staff and students are also required to wear face masks when they move around the school.

Employees must also keep 1.5 distance from each other, students do not have to.

Just like in primary education, students and employees in secondary education are also advised to test themselves for the corona virus twice a week.

Schools receive the self-tests for this.

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from the rule.

You are protected against COVID-19 if:

  • You have had a second shot from Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca at least two weeks ago

  • You have had one shot with the above vaccines at least two weeks ago and you have proof of recovery.

  • You were vaccinated with the Janssen vaccine at least four weeks ago.

  • You have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months.

Students and employees stay at home if they have (mild) corona-related complaints or if a roommate tests positive for corona.

These rules apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

There is one extra rule for those who have not been and partially vaccinated: if they were in close contact with someone who later tested positive, they will also be quarantined.

So even if that person is not a roommate.

These are the rules for higher education

No new measures were announced for students in higher education on Friday.

The following measures already applied to those students:

  • While walking through a building, you wear a face mask.

  • Make use of self-tests.

  • Try to get to school by bike.

  • Stay home if you have complaints, even if you have been vaccinated.

  • Quarantine if a roommate, fellow student or colleague has tested positive.

    Quarantine rules also apply to unvaccinated people if other close contacts tested positive.

One additional rule applies to colleges and universities:

  • A maximum group size of 75 students per class or lecture room applies for each lesson.

    Exams and examinations are excluded from this rule.