5. Children, school and COVID-19
Available data to date show that children can be infected with the new coronavirus, although they are less often symptomatic than adults and transmit the virus less.
Testing children even without symptoms is therefore indicated in all situations where the child has been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person.
As at the end of the previous school year, COVID-19 screening tests will be offered in the case of an outbreak in secondary school level I during the 2021-2022 school year. For the other grades, parents and pupils will be informed of the occurrence of an outbreak in the classroom and will be invited to take a screening test at a screening centre or with their doctor.
Preventive measures in public and private establishments - 2021-2022 academic year (available in French only)
The Cantonal Doctor's Office has set up a system of reactive screening directly in secondary level I school classes experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19. This screening is voluntary and parental consent is required. The implementation of such screening is decided after a case by case assessment when students in a class test positive and the Cantonal Doctor's Office suspects intra-school transmission.
Gestion des flambées dans les écoles
(Outbreak management in schools available in French only)
Formulaire de consentement
(Consent form available in French only)
In Geneva, children can be tested without a prescription at their paediatrician's and in numerous screening centres or medical practices.
Comment savoir si mon enfant de moins de 6 ans peut se rendre à la crèche ou à l'école ?
(Can my child under 6 years attend kindergarten or day care available in French only)
Comment savoir si mon enfant de 6 à 12 ans peut se rendre à l'école ?
(Can my child aged 6-12 years go to school available in French only)