Due to the country’s changing sanitary situation, the department of public education, training and youth (DIP) is implementing the decisions and recommendations made by the concerned authorities. The health authorities’ strategy aims to protect the most vulnerable population groups and to preserve our health systems. This has a significant impact on the management of schools, training places and daycare facilities. The mission of the DIP is to maintain its core services to pupils, children and young people.

(last update: 18 mars)

Schools, training centres and most day care facilities are closed. What are the consequences?

All public schools in the Canton of Geneva are closed between 16 March and 8 April 2020.

During this period, pupils are not on holiday and are not exempt from their schooling obligations. They must remain available (directly or via parental authority) by telephone or e-mail during normal school hours.

School buildings remain partially in use, in particular for school principals, administrative staff and teachers. The buildings are also open for specific meetings with pupils for teaching or assessment purposes and for providing day care for pupils whose families cannot take care of them at home.

Primary schools are required to provide a conditional school hosting service, which is subject to authorisation by the school management and is set up in priority for:

  • children of parents working in the field of health care;
  • children of parents who are teaching staff who are themselves involved in this conditional school hosting service;
  • children whose parents’ work relates to one of the sovereign functions of the State;
  • children for whom it has not been possible to arrange any kind of childcare.

Special education places provide a hosting and schooling service on site, if necessary and on request, for pupils for whom it has not been possible to find a childcare solution.

School buildings remain partially in use, in particular for school principals, administrative staff and teachers. The buildings are also open for specific meetings with pupils for teaching or assessment purposes and for providing day care for pupils whose families cannot take care of them at home (conditional school hosting service).

All pupils who are able to stay at home must stay at home, and should avoid close contact with any sick, elderly or vulnerable person and follow the general prevention/protection provisions.

Teachers remain on home duty and are reachable by the school principals. They must be available and have to consult regularly the school website as well as their messaging system and to follow the instructions provided by the school principals concerning planned activities. They organize the work for their students and are generally required to remain available for their students within the usual schedule.

Part of the teaching, administrative and technical staff may be summoned and their presence is necessary in the schools.

Closing schools implies implies pedagogical adaptations as well as the academic commitment on behalf of all students. School principals, in close collaboration with the relevant head management and with the reinforced support of the School Media Service (SEM), are establishing the planning of school activities during the class suspension period.

The SEM service and the principals are currently supporting teachers from highschool to college levels in their effort to provide smooth distance learning with their pupils.

Students' access to schools

School food catering is suspended, except for pupils entitled to conditional school hosting service in primary school and those in specialised education – in compliance with the rules set out in the Federal Ordinance 2 COVID-19 concerning restaurants.

Distance learning

Distance learning is composed of a series of pedagogical activities carried out within a specific branch or project, and through which it is possible for teachers and students not to be present in the same place.

The Media School Service and the school principals are currently working to enable highschool and college level teachers to continue to work at a distance with their pupils.

The Identifiant Ecole en ligne / EEL (Online School Login) gives them access to different tools listed on the page called Toutes les applications de l'Ecole en ligne (Online School Applications. These applications allow teachers to create virtual classrooms, communicate with their students and allow students to learn vocabulary, find teaching aids and access various types of resources.

If you are having difficulty logging in or accessing these applications, please contact: support.eel@edu.ge.ch.

Can parents or students organize home study periods involving friends or classmates?

The health strategy of the state and the canton aims to reduce as much as possible all physical interactions within the population. Accordingly, the Geneva State Council has banned public and private gatherings with more than five people, both indoors and outdoors (this ban does not apply to the professional field). Private groups of children or young people who do not live under the same roof should therefore be avoided. If this is not possible, you must respect the maximum number of people authorized per meeting (maximum five people) and apply the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health regarding hygiene and safe distances.

What rules should teachers and students follow in schools and training places?

Teachers and students should apply all general recommendations on hygiene and behaviour :

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or when not available, with an alcohol-based solution.
  • Cough and sneeze into a paper tissue. After use, throw the paper tissue in a trashcan and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based solution.
  • Cough and sneeze in the crook of your elbow if you don't have a paper tissue.
  • Avoid handshakes and hugging and keep at a sufficient distance (approx. 2 m.) from your interlocutors.
  • If you have a cough and fever, stay at home and contact a doctor or a health facility if your condition gets worse, to establish whether a medical consultation is required.
  • Inform the school about your illness.

The campaign "New coronavirus: Protect yourself and others" is relayed in all schools and training centres.

In the case of conditional school hosting service and appointments at school, teachers are required to check several times a day that handwashing measures are being followed. In primary school, pupils can wash their hands in the classroom under the responsibility of the teachers. In secondary school, hydro-alcoholic solutions are made available in the classrooms for students to disinfect their hands at least three times a day. In specialised education facilities, hand washing is overseen in each place by the teaching teams.

Is school food catering maintained?

School food catering is suspended, except for pupils entitled to conditional school hosting service in primary school and those in specialised education – in compliance with the rules set out in the Federal Ordinance 2 COVID-19 concerning restaurants.

My child has a fever and a cough, what should I do?

Children with fever and a cough must be closely monitored and remain at home.

The Geneva health system must be preserved in order to be able to continue to provide medical treatment in priority to patients in need of care.

  • If the situation is not alarming, the cantonal doctor asks people not to contact either hospitals or doctors. Advice can be obtained from the Geneva hotline at 0800 909 400 (09h00-21h00 7/7) or from the FOPH's hotline dedicated to the population at 058 463 00 00 (24 hours a day, 7/7).
  • If your child's health state requires medical attention (in the event of serious breathing difficulties or if the symptoms get worse), contact - by telephone first - his/her doctor or a medical care centre.
  • If the coughing and fever symptoms are similar to an influenza-like condition and if your child is otherwise healthy, a coronavirus screening test is not necessary and it is recommended that your child stay home until symptoms have disappeared.
  • If your child belongs to the category of vulnerable persons as defined by the FOPH and has respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, breathing difficulties), contact his or her doctor by telephone, who will assess with you whether it is necessary to carrying out a screening test.

 

 More information
  • Regularly updated information is available from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) at the coronavirus info line: T. +41 58 463 00 00 (daily, 24 hours a day)
  • The cantonal hotline to answer all the questions of the population related to the coronavirus:

Hotline Geneva - Coronavirus

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