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After the summer, most schools opened their doors on the green – online as recommended by the government.

During the first week, the system crashed in Stavanger. Students have hundreds of close contacts and sit in double or triple quarantine. In the same week, the incidence also increased by 20 percent.

On Wednesday, it was decided Two high schools in Stavanger will turn yellow. It also occurs in other parts of the country.

The beginning of school in Oslo was not what many had hoped.

Holda Josephine Heine Gutierrez is one of several people injured after a week at school.

Infection at school first week

– It’s going surprisingly well, but it’s very awkward.

She must be standing in the window with a bandage on because she was injured after a short week at school.

She took the first class in the music department at Voss High School in Oslo.

I’m too afraid to miss out on socializing at school when I’m stuck, says Hein Gutierrez.

She says young people have been exposed to the outbreak since they started the school year on the green.

– We lived in school quite normally and we were together a lot. So I wasn’t surprised when I got hurt.

“It was sad at the time, because I was only with my class for a week before I went into seclusion,” she says.

The government recommended the green level in the school

It was August 10, days before the opening of schools, the Minister of Education Guri Melby confirms that the government has recommended opening schools and kindergartens to a green level.

This was on the condition that the condition of the infection allowed this.

This was the situation in most towns, as well as in Stavanger, and schools began relatively close to normal operation. It didn’t go according to plan.

The latest weekly report from Family Health International shows that infection among children aged 6 to 12 years increased by 39 percent in the first week of school. In the 13-19 year age group, the incidence increased by 23 percent.

Thus, the paddle could still end up at a yellow or red level this fall. On the red level, schools must, among other things, rate the home school.

Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education Anja Johansson

The State Secretary in the Ministry of Education said that the council at the green level assumed that the injury case makes this possible.

– Now we see that the infection is increasing and we have to re-evaluate the situation. naturally. Because the measures we have implemented must be based entirely on the local infection situation, says Anja Johansen (fifth), Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education.

Even the municipalities

It says local health authorities themselves should carry out these assessments.

– What do you think of the signals that might have been sent when Jory Melby said the school would open on a green level?

– The signal we sent is very clear to us. We open on a green level, if the local infection situation makes it possible. Obviously, we were hoping that was the case everywhere.

According to the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), it is possible to have a green level in most parts of Norway.

– There are 60 municipalities in which the infection has increased recently. Almost 300 did not have it. We are in an ongoing dialogue with those affected about targeted use of yellow level and quarantine, says FHI Subject Director Frode Forland.

System state test

Frode Forland

Frode Forland is director of the National Institute of Public Health. He says that when the infections after the start of the study were a little bigger than they had expected.

Photo: Eirik Pessl-Kleiven/NRK

It was FHI that came out before school started and said that Frequent testing and infection tracing could replace quarantine for schoolchildren. This new testing system, combined with the fact that students in green-level schools have a particularly large number of close contacts, has created significant challenges.

In a meeting with the Norwegian Directorate of Health on Wednesday, state officials from across the country reported on municipalities struggling to get enough resources to conduct infection detection, testing and vaccination.

Capacity has been greatly increased in many municipalities. They have our clear doctor above us, says Johan Torgersen, department director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

On Tuesday, NRK wrote about the municipality of Stavanger having had to request breaks in a testing system set up to keep schools open.

After an unconfirmed number of students, they had to be sent into quarantine when the testing and infection-tracing stations were heavily loaded. Oslo will now be in a similar situation.

Notify changes

At the Norwegian Directorate of Health, they are concerned about work stress reported by municipalities. After today’s meeting, they warned that there will be changes.

We realized that we must think of measures and tips that we can come up with, so that we can modify the system and use other tools. The goal is for municipalities to be less pressured on capacity, says Johan Torgersen, department director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

Department Director Johan Torgersen, Norwegian Directorate of Health

On Wednesday, Johan Torgersen, department director at the Norwegian Directorate of Health, met with all state officials in the country.

Photo: Kjartan Rørslett / NRK

According to the FHI, municipalities must also set priorities. Tracing the infection should be less important than vaccination and testing, and it can be left to the infected.

– In the situation we are in right now, where close contact and infection are not that severe, says FHI Director Frode Forland, this is probably one way we can think about the future.

Several cities in the country have now joined or are considering introducing it Young people should test themselvesIn order to relieve the pressure on the test stations.

The assistant director of health, Espen Rostrup Nakstad, is positive about this.

In many cases, high school and high school students can complete these exams themselves. Once students are taught to do this, this will be much easier and municipalities will not have to spend the same amount of resources on it.

Afraid of falling outside

One is a little afraid of falling outside. I’ll be up for ten days, says Hein-Gutierrez, and whoever’s in my class can come to school and be together.

She says there are so many people her age with the infection that everyone would agree it’s bad luck if the host is sick.

– Now the school year begins on the green level. Are you glad you were able to come to school, or should you wish it was closer to last year?

– In a way, I’m glad about that, because I got off to a very good start with my class. But I wish we’d had the vaccine before, for example, but that wasn’t possible.

We all agreed that going to school was a risk, but I think most people were willing to take it together in a natural way, says Hein-Gutierrez.

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