Vaccinated and recovered children in Vienna will soon continue attending school even if there are multiple cases of infection in a class. The new rules of the health authority apply from Monday, February 21.
If multiple children in a class test positive for coronavirus, the entire class will no longer be sent home, as was previously the case, but only a partial suspension for five days. Sufficiently vaccinated children, which requires two vaccinations up to the age of twelve or three partial vaccinations for older kids, or children recovered from the Omikron variant can continue to attend class. The office of Education City Councilor Christoph Wiederkehr (NEOS) told APA on Tuesday.
Own procedure in Vienna
Only the positively tested children themselves and unvaccinated or not recovered school children will be segregated as a contact. According to the city council office, the new regulation by the health authority (MA15) is in line with the updated guidelines of the Ministry of Health. This will bring relief for numerous children and their parents with themselves; one showed up there convinced.
The regulation remains unchanged in a single case of infection in the class: classes will continue as usual without the affected child. “It is important that all measures to contain the Corona pandemic at Viennese educational institutions are always adapted and relaxed where possible,” Wiederkehr emphasized.
Regulations in other federal states remain in place.
In response to an APA query, the Ministry of Education pointed out that the current school regulations remain upright. “This is a measure of the health authority. Our regulation in the school sector is compatible with this. It remains in place for the time being because, at the level of the provincial education councils, there is a desire for a uniform approach.” Therefore, the current regulations would remain in place in the other provinces – unless they decide on a similar approach to Vienna.
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