Q&A about school restrictions due to COVID-19
Answers to common questions about how schools are operating under restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Updated June 6th, 2020.
- Notice on Restrictions Due to an Epidemic, May 25st.
- The COVID-19 information page of the Icelandic Local Authorities
- Guidelines of the Icelandic Association of Local Authorities on restrictions on school and leisure activities for Covid-19
- COVID-19 Information webpage of the Medical Directorate of Public Health and Public Protection
Restrictions on schooling were removed on the 4 May. Limits on number of people and the distance rule do not apply to students of pre-primary and primary school age, nor to their leisure activities, e.g. sports, youth and leisure centre activities, music education.
The number of people and distance rules apply to employees in pre-primary and primary school, as well as to adult visitors to the schools. Everyone is encouraged to maintain the two metre distance rule in communication as much as possible.
The space available for gatherings and assembly within school buildings varies greatly. For such gatherings within school buildings, all adults must respect the number of people restrictions (no more than 200 in the same area) and those who choose to must be able to keep a distance of 2 metres from other individuals. It is also important to ensure access to facilities for hand washing and disinfection, and to ensure the utmost hygiene. If these criteria cannot be met, gatherings must be held elsewhere.
Number restrictions apply to colleges and universities, so that no more than 200 persons can gather in the same space and it must be ensured that those who choose to can keep a 2 metre distance from other individuals.
Infection prevention measures will continue in schools as elsewhere, and the schools will follow their response plans as regards to possible infections. The alert level of the Department of Civil Protection for COVID-19 remains in effect.
Please note that this information is subject to change.
Are there likely to be any ongoing restrictions on school activities due to infection prevention measures in the autumn?
The measures taken by the authorities intended to restrict the spread of COVID-19 are under continuous re-evaluation.It may be necessary to tighten restrictions and re-establish restrictions to school activities again if conditions change.
Where should inquiries on schooling and COVID-19 be directed?
School administrators provide information on teaching arrangements and the infection prevention programmes in each school. General questions about infection prevention measures in kindergartens and primary schools and criteria in relation to COVID-19 may be directed to the address [email protected], an intermediary who will make sure queries are directed to the appropriate authority who will respond. Inquiries about the activities of upper secondary schools and universities and continuing education courses should be directed to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture via the e-mail address [email protected]
Pre-primary (leikskóli) and day care
Pre-primary schoolchildren and employees are expected to be without a temperature for at least one day before returning to school.
It is important that parents of pre-primary school children and employees continue to pay close attention to infection prevention measures and risk of infection.
Please see instructions on the protection of pre-primary school children here.
Primary school (grunnskóli)
The number of people and distance rules apply to pre-primary and primary school employees as well as to adult visitors to the schools. Everyone is encouraged to maintain the two metre distance rule in communication as much as possible.
However, it is essential that pupils do not go to school if they display any symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, i.e. fever, cough, fatigue and bone and muscle pains. Guidance has been issued on key messages and infection prevention measures regarding COVID-19 in schools. This guidance gives clear information on safe measures for preventing infection, detecting infection early and protecting people from COVID-19 in schools and other educational establishments.
Primary school children and employees are expected to be without a temperature for at least one day before returning to school.
It is important that parents and employees in primary schools continue to pay close attention to infection prevention measures and the risk of infection.
If there is any doubt as to whether a student or employee should come to the school, you can get advice from the healthcare centre or through the website heilsuvera.is.
Upper secondary education (framhaldsskóli)
Music schools (tónlistarskólar)
The number of people and attendance restrictions will not apply to students of pre-primary schools and primary school age in the music schools. Older students and teachers must ensure that for those who choose it is possible to stay 2 metres apart, and the maximum number in each area should not exceed 200.