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Q&A about school restrictions due to COVID-19

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Answers to common questions about how schools are operating under restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Updated June 6th, 2020.


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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

It is recommended that schools and parenting organisations do not organise large-scale gatherings and limit the number of guests visiting the school; this includes, for example, graduations, farm visits, outings, summer festivals and such. For gatherings, adults must respect the number restrictions (no more than 50 individuals in the same area) and keep a distance of 2 metres apart. Large pre-primary school gatherings can take place but without adult guests.
Yes, due to infection prevention measures, it is important to continue to pay close attention to hygiene
It depends on the circumstances of each pre-primary school, e.g. regarding access to alcoves and other infection prevention measures. Pre-primary school principals will make the final decision on these arrangements.
Yes, if it is ensured that employees can comply with distance limits of 2 metres between individuals and the maximum number of adults.
Yes, if it is ensured that adults respect the number of people restrictions and that for those who choose to, it is possible to keep a 2 metre distance between individuals.
There are no restrictions on the number of children in the pre-primary school outdoor area. Children from all departments within the pre-primary school can play there at the same time without separation.
No, the number of people restrictions apply only to adults in the same area.
After 25 May, the general infection prevention measures will apply concerning hygiene, disinfection and hand washing in schools. Therefore, the limits to the use of entrances or the maximum number of children in each room are not needed. Adults need to follow the number of people restrictions and the 2-metre distance rule. It must be ensured that for those who choose to, it is possible to keep a 2 metre distance between individuals.
It is recommended that parents continue to exercise extreme caution and hygiene when entering the pre-primary school, with due regard for children and pre-primary school employees. Further implementation is at the discretion of the pre-primary school principal.
Pre-primary school children and employees should not attend school if they have the flu or symptoms similar to COVID-19, such as a temperature above 38°C, a cough, bone and muscle pain or fatigue.

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.

Yes, children can start the pre-primary school adjustment period in the spring. However, care must be taken concerning the number of parents in the area at any time, and adults must have at least 2 metres between them. It is important to educate parents about infection prevention measures at the school.
Yes, but adults must respect as much as possible the 2-metre distance rule and the number restrictions of 200 people in each area. It must be ensured that for those who choose to, it is possible to keep a 2 metre distance between individuals.
Yes, if it is ensured that adults respect the number of people restrictions and that for those who choose to, it is possible to keep a 2 metre distance between individuals..
Yes, but at the same time, efforts should be made to limit the adults’ access and movement around the pre-primary school. It must be ensured that for those who choose to, it is possible to keep a 2 metre distance between individuals.
Pre-primary schools will continue to operate as normal, although infection prevention measures that relate to cleaning, disinfection will remain in effect. All adults must respect number of people restrictions (no more than 200 in the same space) and ensure that the adults who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart.
No, access is no longer restricted, but the number and distance restrictions continue to apply to adults. Decisions on further implementation are the responsibility of the municipal authorities and the pre-primary school principal.

Primary school (grunnskóli)

A decision on the assessment procedure is made in each school individually. It is important to carry out an assessment at the end of spring 2020, especially for graduation years and for the enrollment in upper secondary schools.
After 25 May, general infection prevention measures will apply concerning hygiene, disinfection and hand washing in schools. Therefore, the limits to the use of entrances or the maximum number of children in each room are not needed. Adults must take into account the number of people restrictions and ensure that for those who choose to, it is possible to keep a 2 metre distance between individuals.
Yes, special hygiene, disinfection and hand washing are encouraged, especially for areas/surfaces/equipment that many people use.
Sports and swimming lessons for students under the age of 16 will take place as normal, both outdoors and indoors.
Yes, but it is important that they take into account the infection prevention measures and distance restrictions and use as little as possible common areas in different schools, such as coffee break rooms and toilets. Employees who care for at-risk individuals should take special care and try to limit access as much as possible.
Yes, but a decision on this is made by each school individually based on the circumstances of the municipality in question and within the school at any given time. The responsibilities of the school and the operators of such camps shall also be defined. It is important that information is available to the operators of school camps on infection prevention measures, responses to COVID-19 and how to ensure that all adults (over the age of 16) who work at the camp can respect the 2-metre distance rule and the maximum number of 50 people in each area. A checklist has been published for those who work with children and young people, which can be taken into account when planning trips to school camps. 
Yes, such meetings and events can take place in the normal way but all adults must respect the number of people restrictions (no more than 200 in the same space) and ensure that the adults who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart.
No, but both students and their hosts need to pay attention to infection prevention measures and adults must observe the 2-metre rule.
Yes, but it is important to pay attention to infection prevention measures and the 2-metre rule for adults.
Yes, but no more than 200 individuals may be in the same area and individuals who seek so must be able to keep a 2 metre distance.
Students may sit side by side; the 2-metre rule applies to adults.
The number of people or the distance rules do not apply to students of primary school age, nor to the leisure activities of children of primary school age, e.g. sports, youth and leisure centre activities, music education.

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.
No, the 2 meter rule only applies to adults in the school setting, not to the students. 
It is important that healthy students attend their school, and there has been no change in the compulsory schooling attendance requirements of children of primary school age. As before the COVID-19 epidemic occurred, there must be valid reasons why children of primary school age do not attend school or do not study. If there are no valid reasons, the principal of the primary school shall notify Child Protection Services.

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.
For gatherings within school buildings all adults must respect the number of people restrictions (no more than 200 in the same space) and ensure that the adults who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart. 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.
Yes, it is recommended that as few adults as possible enter school buildings.

Yes, but a decision on this is made by each school / parents’ association individually based on the circumstances at any given time, including the situation in the municipality that is to be travelled to. The responsibilities of the school / parents’ association / operator shall also be defined. It is important that information is available from the school camp operator on infection prevention measures, responses to COVID-19 and how to ensure that all adults (over the age of 16) who work at the camp can respect the 2-metre distance rule and the maximum number of 50 people in each area. A checklist has been published for those who work with children and young people, which can be taken into account when planning trips to school camps. 
Certificates for primary school employees with underlying illnesses do not expire after 4 May. The Office of the Director of Health is working on updating guidelines for at-risk groups, and these will be published as soon as possible. When they are available, primary school administrators and their employees are encouraged to consider each case based on the circumstances at any given time.
Yes, the number of people restrictions are only for 16 years of age and older.

Such a decision is taken by the administration of the school in question.
Primary school children and employees should not attend school if they have the flu or symptoms similar to COVID-19, such as a temperature above 38°C, a cough, bone and muscle pain or fatigue.

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)

Upper Secondary School students were allowed to return to school buildings after May 4, but number restrictions are still in effect (no more than 200 in the same space) and it must be ensured that those who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart. The decision on the arrangements for study after 4 May depends on the circumstances at each school.
Number of people restrictions are in effect (no more than 200 in the same space) and it must be ensured that those who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart. Infection prevention measures concerning hygiene, disinfection and access to hand washing areas are in effect.
For gatherings within school buildings all adults must respect the number of people restrictions (no more than 200 in the same space) and ensure that the adults who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart. 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.
Yes, but there must be a maximum of 200 persons in the same area and those who choose so must be able to keep a 2 metre distance in school buildings. 
Enrolment in upper secondary schools will take place as normal
Yes, if the requirements of a maximum of 200 people and a distance of 2 metres between individuals within the area are respected.
Yes, the journeyman’s examinations will be held 3–5 weeks after the end of the semester and no later than 15 September. All students who intend to take the journeyman’s examination this spring are therefore encouraged to apply to the supervisors for the exam at; Iðan or Rafmennt.
This will depend on the circumstances in each school.
Boarding schools may operate as normal but the number of people restrictions must be respected (no more than 200 in the same space) and it must be ensured that those who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart. Infection prevention measures concerning hygiene, disinfection and access to hand washing areas are in effect.

University (háskóli)

The arrangement of lessons and the end of semester will depend on the circumstances in each school.
This will depend on the circumstances in each school and subject.

Other education

Yes, if the requirements of a maximum of 200 people and a 2-metre distance between individuals within the area are respected for those who so choose. 
Yes, if the requirements of a maximum of 200 people and a distance of 2 metres between individuals within the area are respected for those who choose so. 

Music schools (tónlistarskólar)

Music schools have been operating as normal since 4 May, although infection prevention measures remain in effect.

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.

Yes, but it is important that they take into account the infection prevention measures and distance restrictions and use as little as possible common areas in different schools, such as coffee break rooms and toilets. Employees who care for at-risk individuals should take special care and try to limit access as much as possible.
For gatherings within school buildings all adults must respect the number of people restrictions (no more than 200 in the same space) and ensure that the adults who choose to are able to stay 2 metres apart. 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.
Yes, students of kindergarten and primary school age can attend group lessons with no restrictions. Older students need to respect the rules of no more than 200 adult persons in the same area and the 2-metre distance rule.
After 4 May, general infection prevention measures will apply concerning hygiene, disinfection and hand washing in all schools. It is recommended that as few adults as possible enter school buildings, and this applies to parents, tradesmen and general visitors. Special hygiene, disinfection and hand washing measures are encouraged, especially for areas/surfaces/equipment that many people use.
Yes, the number of people restrictions are only for 16 years of age and older.

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