More classes at home due to quarantine rule
From last Friday, November 19, everyone - vaccinated, unvaccinated, children or the elderly - must stay at home if one person in the family or roommates is infected with corona. Education staff is no exception, and that means schools will have to send more classes home or classes will be cancelled.
There was a lot of uncertainty within education about the quarantine measure that outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at the press conference on 12 November. The measure officially took effect on November 19. RIVM needed more time to elaborate. The tightened quarantine rule has consequences for education, because absenteeism will increase and schools sent already flocking classes home.
Anyone infected with corona must enter quarantine and from last Friday, all housemates – vaccinated or not – must also stay at home. They must be quarantined for ten days, but can be tested on the fifth day before lifting the isolation.
The Ministry of Education points out in its Frequently Asked Questions that schools should prepare for the absence of staff and students. 'Think of communication to parents, educational provision and distance education,' the ministry writes. Schools should see if they can provide distance learning to students in quarantine, but parents cannot demand it. According to the ministry, this is the emphatic 'professional choice' of the school. The ministry also advises to be cautious with parents or other external parties in the school.
View our frequently asked questions and answers about corona and education through this link.