Questions and answers : Measures related to COVID-19 in schools and childcare facilities

On this page you will find the most frequent questions and answers on the measures taken in the education sector.

This page is also available in French, Luxembourgish, German and Portuguese.

 

 

General questions

My child has symptoms - what should I do?

Your child must stay at home if he/she is ill or has:

at least one of the following major symptoms: fever; cough; difficulty breathing; chest pain; loss of taste and/or smell for no apparent reason

OR

at least two of the following minor symptoms: muscle pain; fatigue; rhinitis (nasal congestion or runny nose); sore throat; headache; loss of appetite; watery diarrhoea.

You can use a rapid test.

If you are unsure, keep your child at home and contact your doctor.

My child has been put into quarantine or isolation: am I entitled to leave for familiy reasons in relation with COVID-19

If your child has been put into quarantine because he/she has had close contacts with an infected person, or has been put into isolation because he himself/she herself is infected, you are entitled to take exceptional leave for family reasons in relation with COVID-19.

In both cases, the days of leave you take for family reasons are not deducted from the days provided for statutorily for ordinary leave for family reasons.

You will receive an isolation or quarantine prescription from the Health Directorate. You have to attach it to your request for leave for family reasons.

If you have not received any prescription, please fill in the form https://covidtracing.public.lu/home.  

The request form and other information is available at http://guichet.lu/cocrf.

Where can I find educational material and activity ideas for children online?

The website at www.schouldoheem.lu offers educational material to pupils and parents throughout the year for additional exercises and stimulating activities.  

The website www.kannerzäit.lu provides ideas for family leisure activities with children to do outdoors, at home, at the museum, at the theatre, etc. despite the anti-COVID restrictions.

The website at echwellechkann.lu (or jeveuxjepeux.lu) is aimed at young people to encourage them to engage in physical activity, while respecting the health restrictions. It offers a wide range of opportunities across the country to get active (again).

How is the health strategy being supervised in the education sector?

A ‘COVID-19 and Education’ scheme covers health monitoring and decision-making. It is organised on the basis of a Coordination Cell at the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, which is responsible for collecting data from schools, and a Comité de pilotage (steering committee), called upon to adopt any additional measures the situation may demand. The members of the Comité de pilotage are experts from the Health Inspection, the Health Directorate, the Schools Medical Service, the Directorate General of Elementary Education, the Directorate General of Secondary Education, and the head of the Coordination Cell.

Where can I find information on COVID-19?

Please consult the website www.covid19.lu or call 247-65533.

 

CovidCheck

Is my child concerned by CovidCheck?

CovidCheck doesn’t apply to pupils attending school or to children attending a childcare facility.

As a parent, am I concerned by CovidCheck?

Parent/teacher meetings can be held either by video conference or under the provisions of the 2G CovidCheck system (i.e. upon presentation of either a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery).

 

Does CovidCheck apply to the staff of schools and childcare facilities?

Starting on 15 January 2022, the 3G CovidCheck system will apply to the staff of schools and childcare facilities.

 

Can rapid self-tests done at school be used for out-of-school activities under the CovidCheck scheme?

Yes, the negative test result certificate which you receive by e-mail after the tests carried out at school is valid for 24 hours and can be shown for out-of-school activities under the CovidCheck 3G and 2G+ schemes.

Does CovidCheck apply to out-of-school activities?

CovidCheck can apply to out-of-school activities. The 3G or 2G system applies, depending on age.

See below "Basic sanitary measures for out-of-school activities"

Does CovidCheck apply to adult training classes?

From 15 January 2022 onwards, the 2G CovidCheck system is introduced in adult training classes organised or subsidised by the National Education.

Does CovidCheck apply to people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons?

People who are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons can take part in activities to which CovidCheck applies if they are able to produce:

  • a certificate of exemption from vaccination for medical reasons

and

  • a negative test result certificate or the negative result of a self-administered test carried out on the spot.

To obtain a certificate of exemption from vaccination for medical reasons, please ask your family doctor.

 

 

Where can I get help?

Where can I get educational advice and useful information on COVID-19 from the education authorities?

You can send your questions using the form available from the education authorities’ helpline at www.schouldoheem.lu.

The 8002-9090 helpline can provide you with general information on the measures in force in the education sector, and educational advice. It can be reached on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Who can I turn to for psychological advice or support?

The 8002-9393 helpline offers psychological aid and an attentive ear for children, teenagers, parents and families suffering from stress, conflict or potential burnout situations. It can be reached every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is staffed by members of the CePAS and the ONE.

The CePAS (Centre psycho-social et d'accompagnement scolaires - CePAS) offers an attentive ear, advice and support by phone for schoolchildren, parents and teachers. Face-to-face consultations are possible, but only by appointment.

The National Office for Children (Office national de l’enfance - ONE) offers support within the family, provided by private service providers under contract to the ONE.

Who should I contact if I have questions about children and young people with special needs or disabilities?

The social workers of the Service de la scolarisation des élèves à besoins spécifiques (S-EBS) are at your disposal.

They can be reached at following number: 247-85180 or by e-mail: social.s-ebs@men.lu.

 

Wearing a mask (or any other covering for the nose and mouth)

Does my child have to wear a mask to crèche (early child care provision, nursery) ?

Children under two years old are not allowed to wear a mask (or anything else covering their nose and mouth); it is not advised for children under the age of 6.

Does my child have to wear a mask at school?

Children under two years old are not allowed to wear a mask (or anything else covering their nose and mouth); it is not advised for children of cycle 1 (generally children under the age of 6).

As of cycle 2 (generally children who are older than 6 years) :

Outdoors: wearing a mask is not mandatory. It is not necessary during sports lessons.

Indoors: wearing a mask is mandatory for adults and pupils.

Special measures may apply upon specific medical instructions.

Irrelevant of a person’s age, masks may never be worn by persons who are not able to remove it  by themselves, unless such persons are under direct and permanent supervision.

Does my child have to wear a mask at his/her day-care centre for schoolchildren (“maisons relais”)?

Outdoors, it is not mandatory to wear a mask and keep a physical distance.

Indoors, masks must be worn by children aged 6 and over and by adults, even when seated (except during meals).

Children under six years old are not advised to wear a mask. So are those with specific needs.

Are all types of masks (including buffs, scarves, etc) allowed for wear in educational institutions ?

According to the recommendations issued by the Health Directorate (Direction de la santé), scarves, buffs and fabric masks are all authorised. They must cover both the nose and mouth.

Does my child have to wear a mask on school/public transport?

Children over six years old and young people must wear a mask on school and public transport.

Testing

How are rapid self-tests (antigen self-tests) used ?

Your child will perform self-tests several times a week:

  • three times at home in cycle 1 of elementary education,
  • three times at school from cycle 2 upwards in elementary education,
  • three times at school in secondary education.

The self-testing kits are handed out free of charge at school to those pupils who have handed in a consent form.

In the event of a positive result in the class

If there are one or two positive cases in the class and your child is neither vaccinated nor recovered, he/she will be invited to be tested at school every day for one week. As long as the result is negative, he/she will be able to continue to attend classes and childcare facilities. If your child has been vaccinated, and if you agree, he/she may take part in the enhanced testing scheme.

See also below "Sanitary measures when positive cases are detected in educational and school structures".

 

What happens if my child tests positive at school (using an antigen self-test)?

If the result of a rapid antigen test carried out at school is positive, the pupil must be isolated at home. There is no need for a PCR test to confirm that isolation is necessary, but such a test may be carried out either to confirm the result or to get a certificate of recovery.

Pupils who have been vaccinated or have recovered

6 days of isolation if the self-administered tests carried out on the 5th and the 6th day are negative.

10 days of isolation if the self-administered test carried out on the 6th day is positive.

Pupils who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered

10 days of isolation. There is no test-to-release scheme.

See infographic.

What happens if my child tests positive at home (using an antigen self-test)?

If the result of a self-administered test carried out at home is positive, you must fill in an on-line form to declare the infection (https://covidtracing.public.lu. ). You must also notify the child’s school.

Your child must have a PCR test to confirm the result of the antigen test. The Health Inspectorate will send you a prescription.

If the result of the PCR test is positive, the length of the period of isolation depends on the child’s vaccination status:

Pupils who have been vaccinated or have recovered

6 days of isolation if the self-administered tests carried out on the 5th and the 6th day are negative.

10 days of isolation if the self-administered test carried out on the 6th day is positive.

Pupils who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered

10 days of isolation. There is no test-to-release scheme.

See infographic.

Are tests mandatory ?

No test is mandatory. For self-tests or other certified tests that are made at school, you will sign a consent/declaration to participate.

In the event there are positive cases in a class, pupils refusing to get tested shall remain in quarantine for one additional week after the last contact with a person who tested positive (i.e., two weeks in total).

 

Basic sanitary measures in day-care facilities

What health measures apply in crèches and mini-crèches?

Barrier gestures for children

Hand washing is the flagship barrier gesture. The staff sensitises the children according to their age and shows them the right gestures.

Wearing masks and the rules of physical distance do not apply to activities taking place indoors when the group of people simultaneously participating in the activity does not exceed 10. It is therefore no longer recommended that childcare staff in crèches or mini-crèches wear masks when they are supervising a group of no more than 10 people.
Activities should take place outdoors as much as possible.

It should be avoided as far as possible, to use toys that cannot be cleaned properly.

Barrier gestures for members of staff

Wearing a mask is mandatory (transparent masks should be used) for childcare staff.

Physical distance and wearing a mask are to be respected with any external person.

Physical contact with babies is of course maintained. With older children, physical contact is still possible and necessary (consoling the child, helping him or her to get dressed, etc.). The adult ensures that hands and possibly his/her face and the child's face are washed after such physical contact.

The premises are cleaned, aired and ventilated thoroughly.

The same children should be supervised in the same group as far as possible.

These measures apply to all types of crèches or mini-crèche, whether private or government-licensed.

Physical contact with babies is of course maintained. With older children, physical contact is still possible and necessary (consoling the child, helping him or her to get dressed, etc.). The adult ensures that hands and possibly his/her face and the child's face are washed after such physical contact.

The premises are cleaned, aired and ventilated thoroughly.

The same children should be supervised in the same group as far as possible.

These measures apply to all types of crèches or mini-crèche, whether private or government-licensed.

What health measures apply to childcare facilities for school-age children?

Children and young people should be informed about applicable hygiene rules (washing their hands, not shaking hands, etc.).

Premises are cleaned, aired and ventilated thoroughly.

Outdoor activities

Activities should be organised outdoors as much as possible. Wearing a mask and physical distancing are not mandatory.

Indoor activities

Masks must be worn by children aged 6 and over and by adults, even when seated (except during meals).

Sports activities

It is not mandatory to wear masks and keep physical distance during sports activities. Masks are mandatory in the changing rooms.

Meals

During indoor meals, no more than 4 people may sit at the same table.

My child is not in school yet and attends a childcare facility. At the facility he has had contact with a person who has tested positive. What happens now?

If your son/daughter has had close and direct contact (for 15 minutes or more, in a distance of less than 2 metres and without a mask) with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19, he or she will be quarantined. He or she can therefore no longer go to the care facility while waiting for the negative test result. The test is carried out at the earliest 6 days after the last contact with the person who has tested positive. You will be sent a prescription for quarantine and a prescription for the test by the Health Directorate.

If you did not receive anything, please fill out the form https://covidtracing.public.lu/form/contact.

Basic sanitary measures in elementary and secondary education

What health measures apply in schools?

In the classroom:

  • wearing a mask is mandatory for adults and pupils from cycle 2 upwards, also when seated in one's place,
  • rapid self-testing is carried out three times a week in elementary education, twice a week in secondary education (three times from 10.01.2022),
  • limited movement of pupils,
  • a fixed place for each pupil,
  • aeration and ventilation at regular intervals, with due regard for the safety of pupils
  • carbon dioxide (CO2) detectors to be made available, to measure air quality,
  • increased hand hygiene (hand washing before start of lessons, after each break, after going to the toilet, before and after each meal),
  • social hygiene: coughing and sneezing into the crook of the elbow, avoiding physical touching (no handshaking, etc).

Within the school:

  • wearing a mask is compulsory for adults and pupils from cycle 2 upwards inside the school building,
  • wearing a mask is not compulsory outside the school building,
  • regular cleaning of toilets, etc,
  • fewer contacts outside the classroom,
  • organisation of movements in the school building,
  • masks must be worn at professional meetings of more than ten people,
  • masks must be worn and participants must remain in their seats at professional meetings of more than fifty people,
  • masks must be worn at information meetings and individual meetings with parents.

 

Will sports and swimming lessons take place?

Sports and swimming lessons will take place with protective measures :

  • outdoor activities should be given priority
  • wearing masks is mandatory as of cycle 2 when going to the lessons, in the changing rooms and until the beginning of the activities,
  • washing hands before the start and at the end of the lesson.

Wearing a mask is not necessary during physical effort.

 

Are school canteens open ?

School canteens will operate with protective measures:

  • wearing masks when moving around until seated at a table,
  • not more than 4 persons at one table,
  • washing hands before and after the meal,
  • no self-service buffets,
  • in secondary education, “Frupstuten” (bag with a hot meal) will be maintained: pupils may eat their Frupstut or other snacks in designated classrooms without exceeding 10 people per room.
Can extracurricular activities, educational trips and internships be organised?

Extracurricular activities can be organised.

Outdoors, it is not mandatory to wear a mask and keep a physical distance.

Indoors, wearing a mask is mandatory for adults and pupils from cycle 2 upwards,

Participation in extracurricular activities and educational trips is also subject to the following conditions:

Participants between the ages of 12 years 2 months and 18 years: 3G

Participants must produce:

  • a certificate of vaccination, or
  • a certificate of recovery, or
  • a negative Covid-19 test certificate (NAAT [PCR] test or rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test)

Participants aged 19 years and over: 2G

Participants must produce:

  • a certificate of vaccination, or
  • a certificate of recovery.

School trips abroad, and trips involving one or more overnight stays away, are cancelled until further notice.

The ORIKA (Orientatioun fir Kanner) activities provided for within the framework of the transition between the primary and secondary school are to be carried out by video-conference.

Internships of students in classical and general secondary education can only go ahead if the company concerned agrees.

What happens with vulnerable teachers and pupils ?

Your doctor must provide a recent medical certificate indicating that your child is vulnerable.

Teachers will provide the necessary material for distance learning. On the site www.schouldoheem.lu you will also have free access to teaching material.

Teachers receive a ‘certificate of vulnerability’ from their doctor, which is validated by the occupational health practitioner. They teach as agreed with their head teacher or the regional director.

Basic sanitary measures in music education arranged by municipalities

Will music, art and dance lessons in municipalities take place?

All lessons, whether group lessons or individual lessons can take place in compliance with the sanitary measures that are detailed in the communication to municipal music education structures.

 

Basic sanitary measures for out-of-school activities

Can out-of-school activities (scouts, ‘maisons de jeunes’ youth centres, trips, etc) take place?

Extracurricular activities may take place.

Children and young people should be informed about applicable hygiene rules (washing their hands, not shaking hands, etc.).

Outdoors:

It is not mandatory to wear a mask and keep a physical distance.

Indoors: CovidCheck 3G or 2G

Wearing a mask and physical distancing are not mandatory if:

  • participants between the ages of 12 years 2 months and 18 years can produce:
    • a certificate of vaccination, or
    • a certificate of recovery, or
    • a negative Covid-19 test certificate (NAAT [PCR] test or rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test)
  • participants aged 19 years and over can produce:
    • a certificate of vaccination, or
    • a certificate of recovery.

For children aged 6 to 12, wearing a mask is mandatory even when seated (except during meals).

 

Trips with overnight stays in Luxembourg: 2G+

All participants from 12 years and 2 months onward must produce:

  • a certificate of vaccination and a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test carried out at the beginning of the stay or
  • a certificate of vaccination with a booster vaccination or
  • a certificate of recovery and a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test carried out at the beginning of the stay.

Participants under the age of 12 years and 2 months must carry out a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test before the activity.

Trips abroad :

The national legislation and the service provider’s health protocol apply.

(See instructions for the youth sector).

What measures are applied in sports clubs?

If the group does not exceed 10 people:

The wearing of masks and physical distancing are not mandatory.

If the group exceeds 10 people:

The 2G+ system is applied.

 

Basic sanitary measures in adult education

Can I still attend my adult training classes?

From 15 January 2022 onwards, classroom lessons are subject to the 2G CovidCheck system (vaccinated or recovered).

Adult training courses will continue to be held, subject to strict respect of barrier gestures, either in the classroom, or as distance learning, or using a combination of the two (blended learning).

Participants are to be notified by the course provider if any changes are to be made to the organisation of classes.

What health measures must be respected in the context of adult training?

The document ‘nous protéger - vous protéger - me protéger’ describes the health measures that apply to adult training.

How can I get information and advice on adult education?

You can contact the Department of Adult Education either by phone at 8002 - 4488 or by e-mail sfa@men.lu.

If necessary, you may contact the office of the Department for adult training (Service de la formation des adultes) at the Maison de l’Orientation - 29, rue Aldringen, L-1118 Luxembourg.

 

 

Sanitary measures when positive cases are detected in educational structures

What happens if there is one positive case in a crèche ?

The child or adult who tested positive is isolated at home. The group of the child who tested positive is quarantined.

Will a childcare facility for school-age children close in case of a contamination?

The decision to close a childcare facility for school aged children (‘maison relais’, ‘foyer scolaire’, etc) will be made in the following cases:

  • chain of infections within the facility,
  • chain of infections in the school,
  • substantial increase in the number of positive test results among the national school population.
What happens if there is/are one to five positive cases in a class in cycles 2 to 4 in elementary education, in secondary education or a competence centre (scenarios 1, 2 and 3)?

The person who tested positive is isolated at home.

It will be mandatory to permanently wear a mask (also outdoors) for pupils and teachers during 7 days after the last day of the infected person’s presence in the classroom.  

Pupils who have been vaccinated or have recovered:

Children who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid will not be quarantined and will not be required to take a PCR test. It is recommended that they take part in the enhanced testing scheme at school every day for one week.

Pupils who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered:

Children who are neither vaccinated nor recovered from Covid will not be quarantined if they participate in the enhanced testing scheme at school every day for one week.

If they do not participate in the enhanced testing scheme they will be quarantined for one week.

On the 6th day after the last contact with the positive tested person, your child will make a certified test (upon prescription from the Health Inspectorate).

If the child tests negative, his/her quarantine ends on the 7th day. In case of refusal to make this test, quarantine shall be extended by one week..

See infographic.

What happens if there is a chain of infections in a class of cycles 2 to 4 of elementary education, secondary education or a competence centre (scenario 4)?

Based on the sanitary situation, additional measures like the quarantine of a class or home schooling may be implemented at a local, regional or national level.

What happens if there is one or more positive cases in cycle 1 (scenarios 1 to 4) ?

The sanitary measures put in place in 2020-2021 continue to apply:

  • scenario 1 (a single case in the class): isolation of the class in the school building, certified testing as of the 6th day after the last contact with the positive tested person,
  • scenarios 2, 3 and 4 (two or more cases in the class): quarantine of children and adults without authorisation to leave home, certified testing as of the 6th day after the last contact with the positive tested person.
What happens if there is a single positive case in an adult training course?

If you attend an adult training course and have tested positive, you must inform the training provider.

To the adult training providers:

If a learner or teacher in one of your classroom courses notifies you that he/she has been tested positive for COVID-19, you must send an e-mail to covid19@men.lu, stating the name, the class concerned, and the date of the most recent contact between the person who has tested positive and the other people of the course.

The Health Directorate will inform learners about specific sanitary measures.

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