About 900,000 students and 10,000 teachers in Belgium will return to school tomorrow with a general use of a mask from the first grade, after a three-week break.
Despite the expected tsunami of infections from the Omicron mutation in Belgium, schools open tomorrow without any additional restrictions, except for the use of a mask, compulsory classroom ventilation and the recommendation to parents to take their children for a self-test at the weekend and once a week. . Secondary school students also return to school with a 100% physical attendance.
In addition, more relaxed quarantine rules will apply in Belgium from tomorrow, for both adults and students. If Covid symptoms are confirmed by a positive test, students will be isolated for seven days (not 10 as has been the case to date).
If a student comes in contact with a high-risk person (outside the family), quarantine depends on their vaccination status: Fully vaccinated do not need to be quarantined, but take precautions. Unvaccinated students should be quarantined for seven days, provided they undergo daily self-diagnostic tests. However, if the high-risk contact is within the family home, all students should be vaccinated and should not be quarantined.
If there are four cases of coronavirus in a class (or 25% coincidentally or not), the class will be quarantined for five days.
Source From: Capital