Children, schools and youth activities

In effect is a regulation on limits to schoolwork due to the pandemic which applies as of 19 October 2020 up to and including 10 November 2020. The rules on limits to the number of people and on social distancing do not apply to children born 2005 and later. Limits to school operations apply to pre-school, primary schools, secondary schools, continuing education and universities, in both public and private schools. The regulation also applies to after school centres, community centres and sports activities in primary schools.

Preschools

Preschools are permitted to continue schoolwork on condition that employees ensure they maintain the 2 metre social distancing when face masks are not used. No more than 30 individuals born 2004 or earlier may be in the same area. As a rule, parents and relatives are not to enter school buildings except when absolutely necessary. The presence of parents during the adjustment period must be organised in such a manner that they do not use hygiene or meal facilities in the school and they must maintain the 2-metre social distancing rule among themselves and between themselves and employees. Only one parent may accompany their child during their adjustment period. School management may require parents to wear masks during adjustment periods.

The premises of the preschool must be cleaned and/or disinfected after each day.

Primary schools

Primary schools are permitted to continue schoolwork on condition that employees ensure they maintain the 2 metre social distancing when face masks are not used. No more than 30 individuals born 2004 or earlier may be in the same area. This also applies to after school centres, community centres and sports activities in primary schools. As a rule, parents and relatives are not to enter school buildings except when absolutely necessary.

The premises of the primary school must be cleaned and/or disinfected after each day.

Secondary schools and universities

School work in secondary schools may continue, provided that students and staff can ensure at least 2 metre social distancing and the maximum number of students in each schoolroom does not exceed 30. The mixing of students between groups is not permitted during classes but employees and teachers are permitted to go between groups. The limit on the number of people and mixing of groups may be departed from in shared premises within the school, such as entrance, foyers, in restrooms and hallways if face masks are used. Under certain circumstance, such as practical classes, art classes, clinical studies, students and teachers must use face masks.

Other events not related to teaching or education are not to be conducted in the school premises. Limit visitors to school buildings.

Physical contact between students during training sessions and competition is permitted in sports classes at secondary schools. The 2-metre social distancing rule, however, must be observed in changing rooms and other areas outside competition and training facilities.

Shared contact surfaces in classrooms are to be disinfected after the use of each student group. In addition, shared equipment and contact surfaces are to be disinfected daily and emphasis placed on personal infection prevention measures.

Ban on gatherings and children

Children and young people should always wash their hands thoroughly, both before meeting their friend and after they return home.
Families are encouraged to take advantage of technology to maintain good relations with their relatives.
We should use the opportunity to teach our children how to write letters and, at the same time, practice writing, spelling, invigorate their imagination and use solution-based thinking in communications with their loved ones.

Checklist for operators who work with children and young people

We must all do our bit to slow the spread of the virus

Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water. It is a good idea to also use hand sanitiser.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow and not into your hands or into the air.
Take care to touch your face as little as possible with your hands, e.g. eyes, mouth and nose as these are all pathways for the virus to enter your body.
Avoid hugging, kissing and snuggling.
Avoid close contact with others if we experience the symptoms of the common cold or the flu, such as coughing, runny nose, etc.
Avoid close contact with people who appear to be suffering from the common cold or flu.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the coronavirus? The coronavirus is a type of virus that can cause illness, particularly those who are not in the greatest of health. Krakkafréttir have prepared an interesting piece about the virus.
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Is the coronavirus dangerous? Only a few of those infected become very ill, but everyone who does become infected must be monitored.
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