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Secondary schools

Rules and recommendations

Schools have started full-time teaching, subject to compliance with hygiene measures. 

Widespread testing of pupils is still ongoing throughout the country. Preventive antigen testing in schools is carried once a week every Monday. 

If the designated days are not a school day, the test will be carried out on the following day.

The school may replace the antigen tests with PCR tests, in which case the test will be carried out once a week.

Testing applies to all pupils, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or fall within the protection period following an illness. A school-based test can be replaced by an RT-PCR test (no older than 72 hours) or a RAT antigen test (no older than 24 hours) performed by a health care provider with a negative result.

Alternatively, an affidavit of a negative test result from the school (e.g. if the pupil attends more than one school).

If a child who falls into this category does not want to get tested as part of the screening testing:

  • must wear nose and mouth protection at all times indoors (respirator e.g. FFP2, KN 95) and outdoors if unable to maintain a 1.5 m spacing. In the case of children under 15 years of age, a face shield is sufficient. They also do not need to have it in their room in the context of outdoor schools etc. There is still an exception for these pupils in case of serious health reasons, provided they have a medical certificate,
  • They cannot exercise indoors (outdoors only if the spacing is maintained),
  • They cannot sing if they do not keep a distance of 2 m,
  • use special hygiene equipment (if available),
  • sit at a table/bench with 1.5 m spacing when eating and drinking. 

For more information, see the Life situation: Mandatory testing of pupils.

In addition to upper secondary school, this also applies to the lower levels of multi-year grammar schools.

Please continue to wear mouth and nose protection when visiting school facilities. All pupils must also wear nose and mouth protection, even when seated at a desk if there are more than 50 pupils in a classroom. For more information, see the mask in schools. 

Exemptions from the requirement to wear a mask must be supported by a medical certificate.

Students and supervisors are exempt from the obligation to prove one of the O-N-T facts when they visit: 

  • zoological and botanical gardens, museums, galleries, observatories, and planetariums, etc.
  • gyms, courts, fitness centers, and other indoor sports facilities, etc.
  • leisure education and other free-time activities (in particular various clubs)
  • concerts, theatre, film, and similar performances
  • accommodation services (e.g. outdoor schools, school trips)

And all this even in numbers of more than 20 people. The 1.5-meter spacing requirement does not apply to them either.

The same applies in the case of swimming in the context of school activities if only pupils from one school are present or the area is separated.

Do not send your children to school if they show symptoms of covid-19.

Frequent questions about this topic

What rules apply for younger children in multiple-year grammar schools (ages 11-15)?
Are field trips to the countryside allowed?