COVID-19 and the education sector

Information for pupils, parents, students, teachers and educational institutions.

Quarantine rules for pupils, parents, teachers and support staff who have holidayed in a country with an orange or red travel advisory

  • If you want to go on holiday or travel abroad, first check the travel advisory for that country on NetherlandsWorldwide.nl. 
  • If you choose to holiday in a country with an orange or red travel advisory, you are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days immediately after returning to the Netherlands.
  • Parents, teachers and other staff who have been on holiday in an ‘orange’ or ‘red’ country must stay home. They may not enter the school building, schoolyard or other school premises. If children need to be taken to school or picked up from school, parents will have to ask someone else to do this for them.
  • Children older than 12 must also self-quarantine at home.
  • Children aged 12 and under have little to no part in the spread of coronavirus. So they may still go to school and take part in sports activities.
  • Self-quarantine after a holiday in an ‘orange’ or ‘red’ country is not a valid reason for a pupil to be absent from school. The government advises against holidays in such countries.

Primary schools

  • Since 8 June, all primary schools are providing the regular number of teaching hours to all children. Research and monitoring by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) have shown no increase in coronavirus transmission from children to staff, between children or from staff to children. Children can get the virus, but they have few symptoms and play no significant role in spreading the virus. This means all primary school pupils can go to school again every day, as long as the RIVM rules are followed.

  • Out-of-school care (BSO) are also open fully and children are able to attend on their regular days.
  • Staff and children can be exempted from physically coming to school if they or a member of their household fall into one of the at-risk groups identified by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) (aged over 70 or with underlying health conditions). The head of school should be contacted in such cases. If there is any doubt, the staff member’s/child’s doctor or the school doctor should be consulted.

  • Children and parents should not come to school if they have cold-like symptoms.

Secondary schools

Secondary schools, including special secondary schools, have reopened. After the summer holidays secondary schools, including special secondary schools, will be able to provide the regular number of teaching hours to all pupils. Since 1 July, pupils do no longer need to stay 1.5 metres from each other. 

Schools for secondary vocational education (MBO)

Schools for secondary vocational education (MBO) have been open for tests and practical training since 15 June. From the start of the new school year, more on-site educational activities can take place at schools for secondary vocational education (MBO). This is only possible if the instructions of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) are followed closely. And if educational institutions stagger their teaching activities so that students do not place a burden on public transport at peak times. 

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