Schools and Kitas

This page provides parents and children with essential information on how the coronavirus will impact schools and childcare facilities.

On 16 April, the Federal Council announced that primary schools would open again on 11 May and secondary schools on 8 June. In response, the Department of Education has announced initial adjustments to the assessment of pupils and the regulation of transfers at the respective school levels based on a media orientation.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  1. Kitas/Daycare
  2. Schools
  3. Day structures
  4. Post-compulsory schools

When do the daycare centres open again?

Together with the reopening of the schools on 11 May, the day care centres did also resume operations.

If I do not want to or cannot take my child to the day care centre after 11 May 2020, will I still not have to pay parental contributions?

Parents who are still not allowed to work, who belong to a risk group or who do their work at home may look after their children themselves until further notice. In this case, you do not pay any parental contribution and the canton of Basel-Stadt will compensate the daycare centres for the loss of contributions. From 8 June 2020, parents will again have to pay the regular parental contributions, as from this date children can again be looked after without restrictions.

Are there any special measures in the daycare centres to prevent new cases of illness as far as possible?

The Department of Education and the Department of Health have developed a protection concept for the day-care centres. The aim of the protective measures remains to keep the number of new cases at a low level and to prevent serious COVID-19 diseases.  The protection concept can be viewed at: https://www.jfs.bs.ch//info-traegerschaften.

Do daycare centres also accept new children?

 

Children can be readmitted. One parent may enter the childcare facilities to accompany the settling-in process, but must maintain the required distance from caregivers and other children.

Are the leisure facilities open again?

The offers of open child and youth work (youth and leisure centres, youth meeting places, Robi playgrounds, children's theatre etc.) will be open again from Tuesday, 2 June 2020. The Department of Education has developed a protection concept for the operation. This can be viewed at: https://www.jfs.bs.ch//info-traegerschaften.

From Saturday, 6 June 2020, individual sportsmen and women will be allowed to resume training on the sports facilities. To enable contact tracing, presence lists will be used to ensure that close contacts can be tracked.

On Saturday, 6 June 2020, all public pools will open.

Washing hands - how and when? (Tips from the Health Department of Basel-Stadt)

  • When washing your hands, use PH-neutral liquid soap if possible.
  • Do not use hot water, it will dry out your hands even more. Cold water is just as effective.
  • So-called refatting soaps can hardly prevent hands from drying out, as the additional grease is rinsed off with the washing water. Creaming the hands after washing is more effective.
  • Therefore, after each wash, use hand creams with moisturizing effects (urea, glycerine, nourishing oils, etc.)
  • It is sufficient to wash your hands thoroughly. The use of disinfectants is not recommended.
  • If disinfectants are necessary in special situations, then only without washing your hands.

If you have any further questions that are not answered in the FAQ above, you can contact the Parents' Fees Office of the Day Care Centre on +41 61 267 46 10. Kitas can send their questions by e-mail to tagesbetreuung@bs.ch. Up-to-date information on counselling services can be found at www.jfs.bs.ch.

When do the schools open again?

The primary school (kindergarten, primary school, secondary school) resumed operations on 11 May. The post-compulsory school period (grammar schools, FMS, vocational schools) is expected to open on 8 June 2020.

Are timetables adjusted?

Classes are usually held according to the usual teaching hours and the regular timetable. The schools may postpone the start and end of lessons and breaks for a limited period of time.

Can sports facilities be used?

The sports and swimming lessons take place with as little physical contact as possible and in compliance with the rules of hygiene. The school's own sports facilities (gyms  and swimming pools) are open.

Do daily structures also open?

Yes, the daily structures and the lunch tables are open. A temporary increase in module occupancy is possible if sufficient space is available. Parents must pay for the additional childcare. This regulation does not apply to parents who work in health care professions and have mandatory work obligations. They can increase the module allocation in any case and do not have to pay a parental contribution for the additional care.

How is the access to the school area regulated?

From 6 June onwards, parents and other persons not belonging to the school are allowed back on the school premises (subject to the protective measures).

Does my child have to go to school? 

Generally, compulsory education is compulsory again since 11 May 2020. Parents who are not sure whether their child should go to school (e.g. child or parent with a previous illness) should contact the Child and Youth Health Service KID (+41 61 267 90 00 or schularzt@bs.ch) after consulting the doctors treating their child. After clarifying the medical situation, the KID will make a recommendation and seek an individual solution with the school.

What needs to be considered when a child is ill or shows symptoms of illness?

Students with symptoms of illness must stay at home. Symptoms of illness include coughing, sore throat,  shortness of breath, fever or feverish feeling, muscle aches and/or sudden loss of sense of smell or taste.

Do children and teachers at schools have to wear masks?

No. Exceptions due to medical instructions are possible.

What are the distance rules at the schools?

In accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), there are no distance rules between pupils. The minimum distance of two metres specified by the FOPH between adults and schoolchildren should be maintained as far as possible. Among adults, the minimum distance must be maintained.

What other measures apply to pupils?

Teachers will explain the protective measures to the pupils in a way that is appropriate for their age. Stricter hygiene rules apply: Washing hands regularly remains part of the school routine. The classrooms are regularly ventilated. The schools are cleaned daily, and particularly critical areas (e.g. door handles and toilets) are cleaned several times a day.

Washing hands - how and when? (Tips from the Health Department of Basel-Stadt)

  • When washing your hands, use PH-neutral liquid soap if possible.
  • Do not use hot water, it will dry out your hands even more. Cold water is just as effective.
  • So-called refatting soaps can hardly prevent hands from drying out, as the additional grease is rinsed off with the washing water. Creaming the hands after washing is more effective.
  • Therefore, after each wash, use hand creams with moisturizing effects (urea, glycerine, nourishing oils, etc.)
  • It is sufficient to wash your hands thoroughly. The use of disinfectants is not recommended.
  • If disinfectants are necessary in special situations, then only without washing your hands.

Do the supporting modules take place?

Yes, supporting modules such as speech therapy, psychomotor skills or pull-out services are offered.

Can planned school camps take place?

Yes, excursions and external events including overnight stays with school classes are generally possible again from 6 June. Excursions abroad are still not permitted until the summer holidays due to the very different protective measures in other countries. Smaller trips (e.g. excursions) can take place from 2 June onwards.

Can the voluntary offers of the schools be visited?

Yes, optional school offers (e.g. voluntary school sports, optional subjects, courses in local language and culture, choir and orchestra) may take place again from 6 June onwards.

Can parents' evenings, information events and closing ceremonies take place?

Yes, events in the school are possible again from 6 June onwards, subject to certain conditions (if the protection concept and traceability are ensured) up to 300 people.

If you have any further questions, please contact the school management of your child's school. You can also find up-to-date information on the school at www.volksschulen.bs.ch and www.mb.bs.ch.

What needs to be considered when a child is ill or shows symptoms of illness?           

Students with symptoms of the virus must stay at home. Symptoms of the virus include coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever or feverish feeling, muscle aches and/or sudden loss of sense of smell or taste.

What happens if a child or an employee falls ill during care?  

In this case, this person must immediately put on a hygiene mask, be isolated and go home as soon as possible. The caregiver who is waiting for the parents with the pupil also wears a protective mask and keeps the distance.

What are the rules on distance in the day structures?

In accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), there are no rules governing distance between pupils. The minimum distance of two metres specified by the FOPH between adults and schoolchildren should be maintained as best as possible. Among adults, the minimum distance must be maintained

What do teachers and professionals have to consider when in contact with pupils if the minimum distance cannot be maintained?    

Short contacts at a short distance, for example when passing by or during a short conversation, do not pose an increased risk. If the minimum distance of two metres cannot be maintained during a conversation, it is recommended that the duration be kept as short as possible (no longer than 15 minutes).

What do I need to bear in mind when doing activities?             

Activities in which pupils and staff come too close to each other or in which physical contact is compulsory (e.g. "playing fangis") are not permitted.

What are the rules for a stay outside the school/day structure area?  

Meetings with up to 30 people in public areas will be possible again from 30 May, which means that no special rules will apply outside the school premises from this date. If possible, the use of public transport should be avoided.

Why do the protection concepts differ in some points?

The Department of Education and the Department of Health have drawn up protection concepts for the various offers - day-care centres, lessons, support offers, day structures PS, day structures Sek. These protection concepts take into account the different framework conditions and circumstances of the offers and differ accordingly in some points.

What rules apply to toys and materials?            

Toys and activity materials are reduced to the bare minimum and cleaned.

Washing hands - how and when? (Tips from the Health Department of Basel-Stadt)

  • When washing your hands, use PH-neutral liquid soap if possible.
  • Do not use hot water, it will dry out your hands even more. Cold water is just as effective.
  • So-called refatting soaps can hardly prevent hands from drying out, as the additional grease is rinsed off with the washing water. Creaming the hands after washing is more effective.
  • Therefore, after each wash, use hand creams with moisturizing effects (urea, glycerine, nourishing oils, etc.)
  • It is sufficient to wash your hands thoroughly. The use of disinfectants is not recommended.
  • If disinfectants are necessary in special situations (e.g. when entering a building), then only without washing your hands. The water stored in the horny layer dilutes the disinfectant. If the hands are exposed to rough contamination or are dirty (e.g. after the toilet, after blowing the nose or while preparing/dispensing food or similar), it is always necessary to wash the hands.

Are children and employees in the day care centres allowed to wear masks?

The preventive wearing of masks is not recommended. However, both adults and pupils are allowed to wear their own masks.

Why are there so many rules for catering?       

During lunchtime meals, many pupils from different classes are in a daily structure. Therefore, special rules of hygiene and conduct apply.

What rules apply to catering?

Primary School
Increased protective measures apply to catering, such as

  • no self-service by the students
  • no sharing of food and dishes
  • Employees do not prepare meals (e.g. afternoon snacks) together with the pupils
  • Employees do not eat at the same table as pupils

Secondary School
Together with the catering providers, the schools determine suitable measures at the site. Increased protective measures apply, such as

  • Avoidance of crowds in front of the food kiosk or the refectory
  • no self-service
  • no sharing of food and dishes
  • Reduction in the number of seats

What are the rules for brushing teeth?              

For the time being, brushing your teeth is not necessary. However, parents can put a toothbrush in their child's school bag/kindergarten bag. The student can then brush his or her teeth on site and then take the toothbrush back with them. The daily structure offers pay attention to a healthy diet (no sweets).

Is it possible to book additional daily structure modules for a limited period of time?              

A temporary increase in the number of modules is only possible if sufficient space is available. Parents have to pay for the additional childcare. This regulation does not apply to parents who work in health professions and have compulsory work obligations. They can increase the module allocation in any case and do not have to pay a parental contribution for the additional care.

Can the amount of childcare be reduced for a limited period?               

A temporary reduction in the scope of childcare is possible until 1 June 2020 and is initially valid until the summer school holidays. The minimum occupancy requirement will be abolished. Parents only pay for the modules they have taken.

Can the childcare be terminated for a limited period of time?               

Temporary termination (e.g. due to short-time work, home office, children in a risk group) is possible on 1 June 2020. In this case the parents do not have to pay a parental contribution. The place is guaranteed until the beginning of the school year 2020/21.

Where must applications for termination, increase or reduction of childcare be submitted? 

The forms for a termination or temporary increase or reduction of day structure offers must be submitted to the management of the day structures offers/Tagesstrukturangebot.

Can I continue to receive emergency care?

Parents who have used emergency care in the last few weeks may continue to use it until the summer school holidays without adhering to the minimum occupancy requirement - provided there is enough space in the desired modules.

Are day care and holiday care offered at schools during the summer holidays?

Yes, we assume that day holidays and holiday care at schools take place during the summer holidays. Parents register their child in an appropriate offer if they need childcare. Further information is available at www.ferienbetreuung.bs.ch.

When will the post-compulsory schools open again?

Post-compulsory schooling (grammar schools, technical colleges, vocational schools) will not open again until 8 June 2020 at the earliest. Until then, distance learning (e-learning) will take place within the framework of the timetable.

Is teaching in groups of up to five people possible?

From 11 May onwards, face-to-face teaching in groups of up to five people is possible. This option should only be used if it is necessary and pedagogically sensible. The decision as to whether or not face-to-face teaching will take place lies with the school management.

Are the Matura examinations, specialized secondary school leaving examinations and BM examinations held in Basel-Stadt?

No Matura examinations are held. The Matura certificate (grammar school, specialist secondary school, vocational Matura) is issued on the basis of experience grades. Only those who do not pass on the basis of the experience grades have to take an examination or can repeat the final year.

Are the final apprenticeship examinations carried out?

For the examination of practical work, a variant that can be carried out throughout Switzerland is chosen for each basic vocational training course. The school-based examinations in professional knowledge and general education do not take place; experience grades count here. Only repeaters and people who obtain the professional qualification for adults (Art. 32) are required to take examinations.

Will the graduation ceremonies take place in June 2020?

There will be no major school-wide graduation ceremonies. Pupils, apprentices and students will receive their certificates by post or in small classes in accordance with the distance rules.

Can the sports facilities be used?

The school's own sports facilities (gymnasiums and swimming pools) are open for pupils. External school facilities (e.g. public swimming pools) remain closed for the time being and cannot be used by the schools. Use of the sports facilities is only possible in exceptional cases.

How is access to the school grounds regulated?

The school grounds are generally closed. Only pupils, apprentices, students and employees of the school may stay on the school grounds if this is necessary. Persons not belonging to the school require permission from the school management or a teacher or specialist from the school.

Are the school canteens open again from 8 June?

Whether or not the canteens can be reopened from 8 June onwards depends on the rules that will then apply to teaching at secondary schools. Students are allowed to bring food and drink as usual, but should not share food or drink with other students.

Do I have to go to school after 8 June 2020?

Generally, you must attend classes from 8 June 2020, provided that schools can then resume attendance. If you are not sure (e.g. if you have your own previous illnesses or a parent with a previous illness), please contact the Child and Youth Health Service KID (+41 61 267 90 00 or schularzt@bs.ch) after consulting the doctors treating you. After clarifying the medical situation, the KID will make a recommendation and seek an individual solution with the school.

What must be taken into account if you are ill or show symptoms of illness?

All persons with symptoms of illness must stay at home. Symptoms of illness include coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever or feverish feeling, muscle aches and/or sudden loss of sense of smell or taste.

Do pupils, apprentices, students and teachers at schools have to wear masks?

No, according to current guidelines and recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) dated 29 April 2020, masks do not have to be worn. Exceptions based on medical instructions are possible.

What are the distance rules at schools?

According to the specifications and recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) dated 29 April 2020, the distance rules in force at post-compulsory schools must be followed.

Can planned class camps take place?

No, class camps and school-wide events (e.g. sports days) will not take place until the summer holidays.

Will there be closing events?

There are no trips abroad and whole school events. Exceptionally, events lasting a maximum of one day may be authorised by the school management, provided that they comply with the FOPH's regulations in force at that time.

Are the counselling services offered by the vocational, academic and career guidance services, Gap - Case Management Vocational Training and apprenticeship supervision available?

The counselling services of the Department of Education are open. Targeted support is provided, for example, to young people with unsuitable opportunities for follow-up after compulsory schooling or a bridge offer, after dropping out of an apprenticeship, in search of a new orientation or in the case of unclear apprenticeship conditions.

   

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