Entire class of students can now gather in Oslo schools from next Thursday

Inga Marte ThorkildsenOslo.Inga Marte Thorkildsen.Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB scanpix

The one-meter social distancing requirement will be removed in Oslo schools next Thursday and an entire class of students can be now reassemble in the classroom again.

“In practice, the new rules mean that a whole class can be reassembled in the classroom, so that many will be back in school full-time. But it is still important that we do not mix classes or cohorts,” said school board advisor Inga Marte Thorkildsen to Dagsavisen.

The Government came up with an updated infection prevention guide for schools and kindergartens on Wednesday. Reduced numbers of infection means a whole department in the kindergarten and a whole school class can gather as one cohort.

In schools, physical contact between people is still to be avoided, but entire classes are considered as one cohort and can be taught together.

The changes apply from Tuesday, June 2 but schools and districts in Oslo have asked for a little more time.

“That’s why we are opening Thursday next week to give the employees a couple of days to plan. They will not have to spend the weekend working on it,” said Thorkildsen, who emphasised that there are still some infection control rules that must be followed.

“It is still the case that the sick will not attend school or kindergarten and we will continue with contact-reducing measures and hygiene measures. We will continue to avoid crammed conditions and large gatherings,” she added.

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