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 as of 15 September 2021.

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

General questions

My child has symtoms - 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.

Please also read “Sanitary measures when positive cases are detected in educational structures” below.

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.

 

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 wth 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, unless they are seated at their desk. Wearing a mask will be mandatory also when seated if one or more positive cases were identified in the class. This obligation will last for 7 days the last day of presence of the infected person in the classroom.

During extracurricular activities outdoors, wearing a mask is not mandatory if there are not more than 10 people in the group.

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, it is not mandatory to wear a mask and keep a physical distance when the number of children simultaneously participating in the same activity does not exceed 10. For groups of more than 10 people, 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

Are rapid self-tests (antigen tests) still used ?

Your child will continue to do self-tests twice a week:

  • Twice at home in cycle 1 of elementary education,
  • Twice at school as of cycle 2 in elementary education,
  • Once at school and once at home in secondary education.

Self-test kits are distributed for free at school to pupils having given their consent.

In the event of positive cases

If there is one or two positive cases in a class and your child is neither vaccinated nor recovered, he or she will be invited to do a test every 48 hours at school. If the result is negative, your child may continue to attend lessons and go to the day-care facility. If your child is vaccinated, this reinforced testing is not necessary.

In the event of a positive self-test at home, you have to inform the Health inspection (Inspection sanitairehttps://covidtracing.public.lu. You’ll also have to inform the school.

See also below “Sanitary measures when positive cases are detected in educational structures”.

Are tests (PCR/self-tests) mandatory ?

No test is mandatory. For self-tests or PCR 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 7 additional days after the last contact with a person who tested positive (i.e., 14 days 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

Masks are strongly recommended (transparent masks should be used) for childcare staff.

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 ten. 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.

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?

The maximum size of a group is still limited to 30 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

 It is not mandatory to wear a mask and keep physical distance when the number of people participating in the same indoor activity does not exceed 10. For groups of more than 10 people, 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 masks is not mandatory while sitting at one’s desk,
  • as of cycle 2 masks must be worn by adults and children when moving around,
  • limited movement of pupils,
  • a fixed place for each pupil,
  • classrooms must be aired and ventilated at regular intervals, with due regard for the safety of pupils
  • carbon dioxide (CO2) detectors are 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:

  • inside the school building, masks must be worn by adults and children as of cycle 2
  • wearing a mask is not compulsory outside the school building
  • regular cleaning of school toilets and sanitary
  • fewer contacts outside the classroom
  • organisation of movements in the school building
  • professional meetings of more than 10 people wearing masks
  • professional meetings of more than 50 people wearing masks and seated
  • information meetings and individual meetings with parents and wearing masks

 

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.
Will extracurricular activities, educational trips and work experience placements be organised?

Extracurricular activities can be organised. If they take place outdoors, wearing masks is not mandatory for groups of less than 10 people.

Educational and school trips abroad with one or more overnight stays are also authorised.

Sanitary measures of the provider shall apply.

Trips and overnight stays are subject to CovidCheck provisions.

Internships of students in classic secondary education can be organised with the approval of the relevant company.

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 (sports, scouts, ‘maisons de jeunes’ youth centres, etc) take place?

Extracurricular activities may take place.

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

Outdoor activities

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

Indoor activities

 It is not mandatory to wear a mask and keep a physical distance when the number of people in a group does not exceed 10.

When the number of people in a group exceeds 10, masks must be worn by children aged 6 and over and by adults, even when seated (except during meals).

When applying CovidCheck provisions, wearing masks and physical distancing rules are not mandatory for groups of more than 10 people.

Sports activities

Sports activities may take place without wearing a mask and physical distancing rules. Masks are mandatory in the changing rooms.

Trips with overnight stays :

Activities with overnight stays are authorised subject to CovidCheck (See instructions for the youth sector).

 

Basic sanitary measures in adult education

Can I still attend my adult training classes?

Adult training courses 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) (Situation as of 09 September 2021).

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 one or two positive cases in a class of cycles 2 to 4 of elementary education, secondary education or a competence centre (scenarios 1 and 2) ?

The person who tested positive will be isolated at home.

It will be mandatory to permanently wear a mask (also outdoors) for pupils and teachers during 7 days after the last contact with the sick person.

 

Vaccinated or recovered :

If your child is vaccinated or recovered, he or she will not be quarantined and does not have to make a PCR test.

 

Not vaccinated, not recovered :

If your child is not vaccinated or recovered, he or she will be quarantined. He or she may receive an authorisation to go to school or the day-care facility if undergoing tests every 48 hours at school.

On the 6th day after the last contact with the positive tested person, your child will make a PCR test (with the mobile testing team or upon prescription of the Health Directorate). If this test is negative, quarantine will end on the 7th day. In case of refusal to make this test, quarantine shall be extended by 7 days.

 

What will happen if there are three to five positive cases in a class of cycles 2 to 4 of elementary education, secondary education or a competence centre (scenario 3) ?

Vaccinated or recovered :

If your child is vaccinated or recovered, he or she will not be quarantined but needs to wear a mask.

Not vaccinated, not recovered :

If your child is not vaccinated or recovered, he or she will be quarantined. Quarantine will end with a negative PCR test after the 6th day (upon prescription).

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 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, PCR 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, PCR 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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