COVID-19 - How to protect yourself and others

4. 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.

Children with symptoms who may be infected - FOPH guidelines 

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 schools

Preventive measures in public and private establishments - 2021-2022 academic year (available in French only)


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Reactive screening in schools

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)

FAQs for parents: Schools, sanitary measures and screening - Autumn 2021

FAQs for young students (high school): Screening measures applied in high school as of autumn 2021

In Geneva, children can be tested without a prescription at their paediatrician's and in numerous screening centres or medical practices.


Procedures for teachers and parents

  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)



Vaccination is recommended from the age of 12 by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the cantonal doctor's office. In the canton of Geneva, children aged 12 to 15 can be vaccinated as of 2nd July 2021.

Getting vaccinated in Geneva


Dernière modification
30 August 2021
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