Resumption of activities in schools and childcare facilities : Questions and Answers

On this page you will find the most frequent questions and answers on the measures taken in the education sector.

General questions

Who can apply for a leave for family reasons (congé pour raisons familiales) ?

One parent who is affiliated to the Luxembourg social security scheme (including non-residents) may apply to take leave for family reasons in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic if they have one or more children in one of these categories:

•    a child who was born on or after 1 September 2015 and is dependent on the applicant;

•    a child under the age of 13 who normally attends school but whose school has been closed or classes are still suspended for reasons directly linked to the health crisis or who cannot be taken in by any school or childcare structure because of the application of imposed barrier measures, subject to producing a certificate attesting the situation issued by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth;

•    a child in a vulnerable category in respect of COVID-19 according to the medical recommendations and criteria laid down by the Higher Council for Infectious Diseases (Conseil supérieur des maladies infectieuses - CSMI). According to the CSMI recommendations, a child is deemed vulnerable if it is suffering from a respiratory or cardiac pathology or is immuno-depressed.

Parents of children with a disability who are between 13 and 18 years old (or up to the age of 25) may benefit from the leave for family reasons provided they receive the special supplementary allowance for disabled children (allocation supplémentaire pour enfant souffrant d'un handicap) from the “Caisse pour l'avenir des enfants” (CAE).

You will find a form and all the needed information on the website of guichet.lu: http://guichet.lu/cocrf

Where can I find information on the Coronavirus Covid-19?

Please consult the website www.covid19.lu. You can also call 247-65533 for further information.

Where can I find further useful information?

For all questions regarding education, please call 8002-9090. You can also refer to the website of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth: www.men.lu.
To follow the news and receive regular updates on the developments of the crises, please also consult www.covid19.lu and the national media.

Starting June the 8002-9090 helpline is available weekdays from 9 to 12 am and 1 to 4 pm.  It is not avalaible on weekends or public holidays. You can also send your questions in by using the contact form on www.schouldoheem.lu.

Who should I contact if I have questions about children and young people with special needs or disabilities?

The social workers of the Service de la scolarisation des élèves à besoins spécifiques (S-EBS) are at your disposal for any questions you may have.

We can be reached via the helpline of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth under the number: 8002 9090 or by e-mail: social.s-ebs@men.lu.

Who can I turn to for psychological advice or support?

The CePAS (Centre psycho-social et d'acompagnement scolaires) offers a listening ear, advice and psychological support to students, parents and teachers, also in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic :

- by phone on 247-75910 ;

- through face-to-face consultations (free of charge, by appointment only);

- by teleconsultation on request.

Working hours are Monday to Friday, also during school holidays, from 8.30 am to 12 noon and from 1 to 5 pm.
Contact: facebook and messenger: @cepasluxembourg, email: info@cepas.public.lu, web page: www.cepas.lu

When will educational activities resume?

Schools and childcare facilities will progressively resume.

The reopening will be accompanied by the introduction of strict barrier measures to ensure maximum protection for all children, young people and staff. In both elementary and secondary education, classes will resume on a rotating system which will ensure the continuity of teaching and learning while reducing the number of pupils simultaneously present in school buildings by 50%.

Activities will resume according to the following schedule:

20 April 2020:


- measures in favour of pupils in a situation of disengagement or dropout

- resumption of ambulatory services from the Aide à l’enfance et à la famille (AEF; child and family assistance), and the Office national de l’enfance (ONE; national children service)

- ad hoc care of pupils with special needs by the centres de compétences en psychopédagogie spécialisée and centres socio-thérapeutiques (special education centres and socio-therapeutic centres), insofar as the continuity of therapy, re-education or diagnosis depends on it.

4 May 2020

- graduating classes (Premières) of classical and general secondary education

- graduating classes of vocational training (CCP, DAP and DT)

11 May 2020:


- all other classes (7e to 2e) of classical and general secondary education

- non-graduating vocational training classes

- one-to-one lessons in music education

25 May 2020:


- cycles 1 to 4 of elementary education

- childcare facilities and parental assistants

- classes taught in the competence centres in specialised psychopedagogy

29 June 2020:

- groups A and B of the alternating system are reunited in the same class in elementary and secondary education.

15 July 2020:

- holiday activities in groups of 50 children, supervised by a maximum of 10 leaders

The situation will be re-evaluated by the Direction de la Santé (national health authority) and the date of the resumption of classes may be adapted according to the evolution of the situation.

16 July 2020:


- Crèches, mini-crèches for young children, day care facilities (maison relais and foyer de jour) and parental assistance are again operating with normal group sizes and hours.

Where can I find educational material and activity ideas for children online?

The website www.schouldoheem.lu provides access to a wide range of teaching materials in many fields, for parents, students and teachers in elementary and secondary education and vocational training.
To complete this offer, a helpline offering psychological and educational assistance is available via the Ministry's helpline on 8002 9090.

The "kannerdoheem" section offers activities and fun ideas for families, small groups of friends or children aged 1 to 4 and 4 to 12. The section is divided into types of activities such as thinking, being creative, thinking of others and being on the move, without forgetting the DIY enthusiasts!

On www.aktivdoheem.lu you can find tips on how to become or stay physically active. The activities are divided into four categories: parents with children, teenagers, seniors and small groups of children.

What can parents do if their child’s IAM account has not yet been activated?

If your child is in elementary school please contact his or her class teacher. If your child is in secondary education you can activate his or her IAM account through the website "iam.education.lu" by following the procedure described. More details.

In case of technical problems, please fill in the contact form that you will find on the website www.schouldoheem.lu. You will have to fill in your child’s national identification number. Upon receipt of the form,  the "Centre de gestion informatique de l’éducation (CGIE)", will take the necessary steps to activate the account. More details

Playgrounds and holiday activities

Can children go to the outdoor playgrounds?

The outdoor play areas have reopened, and none of the barrier measures such as wearing a mask or keeping the 2m distance apply for children under 13.

Can holiday activities take place this summer?

Holiday activities offered between 15 July and 15 September 2020 by municipalities, maisons relais, such as colonies/summer camps and scout camps can take place. The activities are organised in groups of 50 children, supervised by a maximum of 10 animators. Within each group, covering their mouths and noses is no longer necessary and participants can interact normally. The activities take place outdoors as much as possible. When contact with outsiders is kept to a minimum, the usual rules are to be respected.

Special needs pupils

How is the resumption of activities for the competence centres in specialised psychopedagogy organised?

Since 20 April 2020, the competence centres for special education will provide ad hoc care for pupils with special needs, insofar as the continuity of a therapy, re-education or diagnosis depends on it.

In May, specialised ambulatory interventions by the competence centres in school and high school classrooms will be resumed according to the timetable set for the return to school: on 11 May for secondary school students and on 25 May for pupils in elementary education.

On 25 May 2020 the competence centres will fully resume operations and begin teaching again.

Every student enrolled attends the lessons and activities offered during all of the weeks of schooling. An alternating system with classes divided into two groups is not necessary due to the small amount of students per class.

In order to ensure maximum protection of all students and staff against the spread of the Covid-19 virus, students are cared for in small, stable groups while interpersonal distancing and hygiene measures are applied.

Students attending classes in a competence centre cannot be cared for in a care facility. However, the usual schedule of the centres is not modified and the pupils are supervised during the entirety of opening hours. If necessary, parents may continue to use leave for family reasons to look after their child after he/she returns from the competence centre.

Transportation of students with special needs from their homes to their place of schooling is provided by the complementary accessibility transport service for persons with special needs (CAPABS - transport complémentaire d'accessibilité pour personnes à besoins spécifiques). Adaptations are planned, such as the introduction of extra runs to maintain sufficient interpersonal distances during bus journeys.

Students in the competence centres continue to benefit from on-site school catering: either a personalised lunch bag ("Frupstut") provided by Restopolis or a catering offer adapted to their specific needs.

The specific workshops offered by the competence centres are suspended until the end of the school year.

Diagnostic and counselling services continue to be provided, in compliance with generally accepted rules of precaution and hygiene.

What barrier mesures are implemented to protect pupils and staff from the competence centres?

Given the particularity of the venues and the specific needs of the pupils attending classes at the centres, barrier mesures are adapted and include the following:

- staff are required to maintain, as much as possible, an interpersonal distance of at least two metres. If this distance cannot be maintained, a mask, bandana (buff) or scarf must be worn to cover the nose and mouth;

- students must be made aware by staff that a distance of two metres between them is preferable, keeping in mind that this measure cannot be strictly respected at all times;

- wearing a mask is strictly forbidden before the age of two (risk of suffocation). The wearing of a mask, bandana (buff) or scarf does not apply to children under the age of 6. Regardless of age, a mask must never be put on a person who is not capable of removing it himself (e.g. disabled student), unless that person is under direct and permanent supervision. Special guidelines may apply, if necessary, based on specific instructions from the doctor;

- wherever possible, maintain stable groups, to avoid as much as possible the mixing of pupils who do not belong to the same group;

- regular hand washing ;

- the provision of hand sanitizers in each classroom and reception area, out of the reach of children ;

- avoid the sharing of materials or equipment as much as possible, and ensure that pupils do not exchange their masks with each other;

- during transport to and from schools, apply as far as possible the principles of 'social distancing'.

Day-care facilities

How will crèches and mini-crèches for young children operate starting 16 July 2020?

From 16 July 2020 day care facilities for young children will operate again with normal size groups.

In concrete terms, the above-mentioned day care facilities can welcome:

- Up to 12 children between 0 and 2 years old;
- Up to 16 children between 2 and 4 years old;
- Up to 12 children for mixed groups (0 to 4 years);
- Up to 11 children in mini-crèches.
The activities should be organised in a way that allows the children to spend as much time as possible outdoors.

The barrier measures put in place according to the recommendations of the direction de la Santé (national Health authority) continue to be applied (see below: What barrier measures are implemented to protect the health of children and crèches staff as well as staff from mini-crèches welcoming young children?).

The education and care contracts (contrat d’éducation et d’accueil) concluded between parents and the daycare facility before the confinement period and suspended since then, are reactivated on 16 July. (see: How are education and care contracts managed?).

How will day-care facilities welcoming school children operate starting 16 July 2020?

From 16 July 2020 childcare facilities will operate with normal working hours, to be set by the manager.

The size of the groups may not exceed 50 children.

The activities should be organised in a way that allows the children to spend as much time as possible outdoors.

The barrier measures put in place according to the recommendations of the direction de la Santé (national Health authority) continue to be applied.

The education and care contracts (contrat d’éducation et d’accueil) concluded between parents and the daycare facility before the confinement period and suspended since then, are reactivated on 16 July. (see: How are education and care contracts managed?).

Free-of-charge day care for school children ends on 19 July. Services are normally invoiced from 20 July 2020.

How does parental assistance work from 16 July?

Parental assistants welcome children from 0 to 12 years old according to the capacity of their care facility.

In close cooperation with parents, parental assistants apply barrier gestures adapted to the age of the children they take care of (see also FAQ What barrier measures are implemented to protect the health of children and crèches staff as well as staff from mini-crèches welcoming young children?). In addition to hygiene measures, this includes protecting the care facility from the outside world and giving priority to outdoor activities. You will find the instructions for parental assistants here.

The education and care contracts (contrat d’éducation et d’accueil) concluded between parents and the daycare facility before the confinement period and suspended since then, are reactivated on 16 July. (see: How are education and care contracts managed?).

How will day-care facilities welcoming school children operate until 15 July 2020?

Maisons relais and other day-care facilities will resume activities again from 25 May 2020 on.

The cooperation of parents is central: they are closely involved in the implementation and enforcement of barrier measures. Educators, for their part, set a daily example to the children by adopting an appropriate behaviour themselves.

The groups are reduced to a maximum of 10 children in order to give them as much space as possible. The same educator takes care of the same group of children, whenever possible.

The activities take place outside as often as possible.

Barrier measures against the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus are also in place in childcare facilities to protect children and staff to the maximum extent possible.

The cleaning of the premises, equipment and toys is done regularly and carefully. Equipment and toys that cannot be cleaned are not used.

Meals are taken in the group's living room.

How is the resumption of activities in the crèches and mini-crèches for young children organised until 15 July 2020?

In order to ensure the safety of all when resuming activities, the crèches will implement protection measures adapted to the needs and capacities of children. The main principle of these measures is to limit the amount of contact children will have with external people as much as possible. By limiting the amount of external contact, barrier gestures such as social distancing or lack of physical contact can be eased within groups of children.

The cooperation of parents is central: they are closely involved in the implementation and enforcement of barrier measures. Educators, for their part, set a daily example to the children by adopting an appropriate behaviour themselves.

The groups are reduced to a maximum of 5 children in order to give them as much space as possible. The same educator takes care of the same group of children, whenever possible.

The activities take place outside as often as possible.

The cleaning of the premises, equipment and toys is done regularly and carefully. Equipment and toys that cannot be cleaned are not used.

Meals are taken in the group's living room.

What barrier measures are implemented to protect the health of children and crèches staff as well as staff from mini-crèches welcoming young children?

Barrier gestures for members of staff

Whenever the interpersonal distance of 2 metres between adults cannot be respected, the wearing of a mask, bandana (buff) or scarf covering the mouth and nose is compulsory.

In the presence of children, members of staff cannot always cover their faces because children need to see facial expressions.

Physical contact with babies is of course maintained. With older children, physical contact is still possible and sometimes necessary (consoling the child, helping him or her to get dressed, etc.). The adult ensures that hands and possibly his/her face and the child's face are washed after such physical contact.

Barrier gestures for children


Hand washing is the flagship barrier gesture. The staff sensitises the children according to their age and shows them the right gestures.

Wearing a mask, bandana (buff) or scarf is strictly forbidden before the age of two (risk of suffocation). It is not recommended for children under the age of 6, who do not accept it well. It can increase the risk of infection because the child regularly touches the mask and face with his hands. Special instructions (such as wearing special masks) may apply to highly vulnerable children, as instructed by their doctor.

These measures apply to all types of crèches or mini-crèche, whether private or government-licensed.

How are education and care contracts managed?

Education and childcare contracts concluded between parents and the childcare facility before 25 May 2020 are suspended from 25 May 2020 until 15 July 2020.

For each enrolment starting 25 May 2020 a new contract is concluded, both for newly registered children and for children already enrolled before the confinement. The duration of this new contract is limited to 15 July 2020. After this date, contracts in force before 16 March 2020 are valid again.

In the event of a change in the schedule starting 16 July 2020, the parents and the facility manager must sign an amendment to the contract in order to agree on the new schedule.

If the parents have discontinued their child’s enrolment at the care facility, the period of notice shall also run during the period of suspension of the contracts, namely from 25 May to 15 July 2020. The part of the notice period that coincides with the period of interruption cannot be invoiced and the amount is not payable by the parents.

When do you have to renew your subscription contract to the chèque-service scheme?

The tacit extension of chèque-service contracts during the period of suspension of activities and the gradual resumption of activities expires on 2 August 2020. Consequently, you must request the renewal of your contract from your municipal administration until the end of August 2020.

How is the resumption of activities in youth clubs (maisons des jeunes) organised?

Youth clubs have resumed their information, mediation, counselling, help, support and guidance activities at the end of May. These are carried out in the form of individual meetings by appointment.

Free use of the premises is allowed for up to twenty people, including staff. Wearing a mask, bandana (buff) or a headscarf remains compulsory. This concerns the following type of activities: in a group, leisure, animation, training as well as welcome and meeting activities that take place inside and outside the youth clubs.

Activities bringing together more than twenty people inside and outside the youth club are also possible, provided that the participants have assigned seats and wear a mask, bandana (buff) or headscarf if the interpersonal distance of two metres cannot be guaranteed

Staff may also intervene externally in the context of mobile or detached youth work (aufsuchende Jugendarbeit, mobile Jugendarbeit), in particular to make young people aware of the safety and hygiene measures in force and to support them in the personal and collective management of the current health crisis.

Elementary education

How are the teaching and care activities organised starting 29 June 2020?

Based on the evolution of the health situation, the most recent scientific knowledge and after consultation with the different parties in charge, the government has decided on additional deconfinement measures for the period from 29 June to 15 July 2020.

A reconstituted class group


From Monday 29 June 2020 groups A and B of the alternating weekly system (group A "school", group B "supervised studies") will be grouped in the same classroom. Former classmates can therefore attend school together again.

Unchanged school organisation


The timetable in force since 25 May remains unchanged: classes are held from 8 am to 1 pm; afterschool care continues to be offered from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Teaching continues to focus on the essential and necessary content for the continuation of the syllabus for the following school year. National education staff previously in charge of supervised studies intervene in the classroom alongside the class teacher to support the pupils who need it in their learning.

When classes end, pupils can either go home or be welcomed by the educational staff of the care facility, where free meals are also provided.

Children currently staying at home during the supervised study weeks


In the case of children in group B who have had supervised studies at home since 25 May, parents can either continue to provide supervision or ask their child to join their classmates at school. However, they must notify the class teacher until 25 June 2020 of their decision.

Vulnerable students, teachers and parents


Vulnerable students or students with a vulnerable parent (see definition under " Who can apply for a leave for family reasons (congé pour raisons familiales)?") may continue to be homeschooled.

Staff members who are considered vulnerable may continue to provide distance education from home.

Special needs students


From 29 June 2020 teaching and care of pupils by specialised teachers (I-EBS) and other specialised staff will again function as it did before the start of the lockdown, wherever possible.

Large-scale testing


These additional deconfinement measures are accompanied by a strategy of large-scale testing. All students and teachers are divided into groups of 5 people, tested weekly on a rotational basis to identify possible outbreaks of infection as early as possible.

Protection of the health of students and staff


Minors under 13 are exempted from wearing masks when outdoors. However, the wearing of a mask or any other protection covering the nose or mouth is recommended when the pupil is in presence of pupils other than his/her classmates, and is optional inside the classroom.

Other barrier measures are still in place, in particular personal hygiene measures (e.g. hand washing) and interpersonal distances of 2 metres to be respected when the pupil is in presence of pupils other than his/her classmates.

What about school trips?

School trips and outings during the day are permitted from 22 June 2020 on.

Overnight trips remain suspended until 15 July 2020.

Is supervision provided before 8am?

Supervision is provided in the playground 10 minutes before the start of school or supervised studies.

Supervision is organised for children of parents who are engaged in an essential activity and who absolutely need their children to be take care of from 7am onwards. This supervision is intended for a very small number of parents.

What barrier measures are implemented to protect the health of pupils and staff in cycles 2 to 4?

The distancing and hygiene measures  introduced by each school to ensure maximum protection for all children and staff, include in particular :

- the wearing of a mask, a bandana (buff) or a scarf that cover the nose and mouth is : 

   * optional in classrooms;
   * highly recommended when moving within the school building and in situations of interpersonal contact when the 2-metre safety distance cannot be guaranteed;
   * compulsory in school transport.

 The necessary equipment is provided by the Ministry.

- regular hand washing;

- the provision of hand sanitizers in every classroom and rooms in the care facility kept away from the reach of children;

- the elaboration of a plan for the circulation of pupils within the school premises;

- the drafting of a plan for alternated breaks and play time ; the children of the class-groups playing in the courtyard can do so and have fun together without separation;

- age-specific recommendations are provided to Cycle 1 and childcare facilities staff.

How is the resumption for pupils in cycle 1 organised?

Attendance in early childhood education (précoce) is optional until the end of the school year.

The organisational arrangements described above (see: How are the teaching and care activities organised starting 29 June 2020?) also apply to cycle 1.1. and 1.2. (pre-school education). With regard to barrier measures, specific recommendations adapted to the age of young children will be addressed to cycle 1 and care facility staff.

What barrier measures are in place to protect the health of students and staff in cycle 1?

There are specific recommendations for young children, and the barrier measures are adapted to the needs of early childhood.

Wearing a mask, bandana (buff) or scarf is not recommended

Cycle 1 children will not wear masks at school. According to the sanitary recommendations of the Direction de la Santé (Health Authority), the wearing of masks is in fact not recommended for children under the age of 6 and even strictly forbidden before the age of two (risk of suffocation).

Teachers and educators won’t be wearing masks inside the classroom. Very young children must be able to see the face of the adult and discover its expression.

In the classroom teachers and educators ensure that the rules of interpersonal distance are respected. This is obviously not possible at all times. There are situations in which the adult must have physical contact with the child, comfort a child, help the child with daily gestures, etc.

Barrier gestures and measures for indoors and outdoors

Barrier gestures adapted to early childhood include scrupulous hand washing, protecting the inside of the facility from the outside and not mixing groups of children.

To maximise the safety of children and staff, a series of measures are also implemented at different levels:

At the entrance to the building

In order not to multiply contacts, parents should, as much as possible, avoid entering the school building. Areas for the arrival and departure of children are provided outside (kiss and go). Teachers and educators welcome the children in an area especially foreseen for this purpose. Wherever possible, several entrances/exits are to be used to enable this.

Inside the classroom

When the children are seated at their tables, care is taken to ensure that there is a distance of two metres between them. They have a firm place (chair and table) assigned to them, which is clearly marked and cannot be interchanged. The chairs, tables, objects and surfaces most touched during school time are cleaned daily.

Equipment and toys

Equipment and toys are cleaned regularly.

Each child has his/her own set of stationnary (pencils, felt pens, glue, scissors, ...), which, should in principle not be shared. It is recommended that children bring no personal items to school (except for "emotional" needs).

Outdoor play

It is recommended that young pupils spend as much time outdoors as possible, without mixing the different groups of children. Outings in the forest can also take place.
Break times are phased.

How is school transport organised?

In each municipality that normally provides school transport, it is adapted to the new school timetable (outbound before the start of classes at 8 am and inbound after the end of classes at 1 pm).

What about care provided by the support teams for pupils with special needs (ESEB)?

Pupils with special needs who are integrated into regular education and who are cared for by the support teams for pupils with special needs (ESEB), benefit from this same care plan, regardless of whether they attend the school or the care facility. (See also FAQs under the heading Special needs pupils...)   

What about the reopening of boarding schools' dormitories?

The dormitories are reopening their doors in parallel with the elementary schools.

How is the orientation procedure for secondary education in cycle 4 going to be organised?

The national tests of cycle 4.2 which are part of the orientation procedure for secondary education are cancelled. The decision of orientation will be based on the pupil's productions during cycle 4, on the intermediate assessment reports of cycle 4 and on information collected by a psychologist - if the parents have opted for his intervention.
The orientation interviews, during which the class teacher and the parents take a joint orientation decision, are maintained.
Enrolment at high schools will take place between 29 June and 3 July 2020.

Open houses at high schools and international schools have been cancelled. However, some schools offer virtual open houses. You can visit the websites of the different high schools for more information.

What about the intermediate and end-of-cycle evaluations?

The second and third trimesters of the current school year are merged into a single reference period which runs from Monday 6 January 2020 to Wednesday 15 July 2020.
The meetings where the intermediate evaluations of the second trimester are discussed are cancelled.
For each pupil, an intermediate report (bilan intermédiaire) is drawn up for the period from 6 January to 15 July 2020. For pupils moving on to the next cycle, a final report of the learning cycle (bilan de fin de cycle) is also drawn up at the end of the school year.

Secondary education

How is the teaching organised from 29 June 2020?

Based on the evolution of the health situation, the most recent scientific knowledge and after consultation with the different parties in charge, the government has decided on additional deconfinement measures.

The division into group A and B no longer applies

From 29 June 2020 alternating education in high schools is abandoned in favour of a system with normal class sizes. All students return to school and classes operate with normal class sizes.

The timetable in force since 11 May remains unchanged: classes are held from 8 am to 1 pm. The school organisation remains unchanged.

Barrier measures remain unchanged

The sanitary measures put in place since 11 May remain in force: inside the classroom, the wearing of a mask or any other protection to cover the nose or mouth is optional; outside the classroom, it is recommended.

In schools, the hygiene measures and measures that have been implemented concerning the movement of persons remain in force.

Vulnerable teachers and pupils

Vulnerable students or students with a vulnerable parent (see definition under " Who can apply for a leave for family reasons (congé pour raisons familiales)?") may continue to be homeschooled.

Staff members who are considered vulnerable may continue to provide distance education from home.

School and educational trips

Educational trips are authorised provided that they do not last more than a day and that the health protocol of the place of destination is respected. It is not advisable to organise trips abroad.

What barrier measures are implemented to protect the health of students and staff in secondary education?

Upon resumption, distancing and hygiene measures will be introduced in each school to ensure maximum protection for all students and staff. These include in particular:

- respecting an interpersonal distance of 2 metres (through the orientation of flows in the corridors, the phasing of breaks, etc.);

- - the wearing of a mask, a bandana (buff) or a scarf that cover the nose and mouth is : 

   * optional in classrooms;
   * highly recommended when moving within the school building and in situations of interpersonal contact when the 2-metre safety distance cannot be guaranteed;
   * compulsory in school transport.

 The necessary equipment is provided by the Ministry.

- maintaining stable class groups, in order to avoid as much as possible having students who do not belong to the same group mixing and interacting with each other;

- regular hand washing;

- the provision of hand sanitizers in every classroom and at the entrance(s) of the school building;

- the elaboration of a plan for the circulation of pupils within the school premises;

- the drafting of a plan for alternated breaks;

- the closure of canteens. Solutions for supplying students with snacks, for example, are envisaged.

How is evaluation for students attending classes 7e to 2e carried out and when are the tests scheduled for?

During the interruption period, in languages and mathematics and in the specialisation subjects of the different sections of the upper classes, teachers regularly give each student constructive feedback on progress made and elements to be worked on.

After classes resume tests will be organised in each of these subjects.

For the calculation of the semester average in each subject, the lowest mark will not be considered.

To reward the student's participation in distance learning during the interruption of classes, teachers may add a bonus of 1 to 4 points to the average mark obtained by the student in each of these disciplines during the period from 6 January to 9 July 2020.

As for the other disciplines
, when classes resume, students will revise with their teachers the work done during the period of interruption and have the opportunity to rework it. The work is then assessed by a numbered mark.

For the calculation of the semester average in each subject, the lowest mark will not be considered.

To reward the student's participation in distance learning during the interruption of classes, teachers may add a bonus of 1 to 4 points to the average mark obtained by the student in each of these disciplines.

The criteria for promotion at the end of the school year remain unchanged.

What about the reopening of boarding schools' dormitories?

The dormitories are reopening their doors in parallel with the high schools.

How will the psycho-social and guidance services (SEPAS), the socio-educational service (SSE) and the support teams for children with specific needs (ESEB) in secondary schools function?

During office hours the SePAS, the SSE and the ESEB will be available for parents, students and teachers via a telephone helpline. Psychologists, social workers and educators will be listening to people in need and offering psycho-social counseling if needed. These services can be contacted on their usual telephone numbers, which can be found on the secondary schools’ websites.

What can we do if we do not have the necessary technological devices at home?

Parents of students who do not have the necessary IT equipment at home or do not have an internet connection, are kindly asked to contact the school’s administration.

Vocational Education and Training

How is the teaching organised starting 29 June 2020?

Based on the evolution of the health situation, the most recent scientific knowledge and after consultation with the different parties in charge, the government has decided on additional deconfinement measures. Starting 29 June 2020, alternating education in high schools is abandoned in favour of a system with normal class sizes. (See also under "Secondary education").

When will the apprentices be able to return to their training companies?

In the sectors where deconfinement has been decided upon, the apprentices will be allowed to return to their apprenticeship position from the date on which the courses resume (4 May for the graduating classes and 11 May for all the other classes), provided that their health and safety is guaranteed and that their practical training can be properly provided by the training company.

Can an apprentice claim partial unemployment benefits?

Yes, apprentices are eligible for partial unemployment benefits. More information.

Will the 2019/20 school year be assessed?

The aim is to enable students and apprentices to graduate in the 2019/20 school year.

How is the evaluation of the modules organised?

The evaluation methods are adapted to the constraints of the current situation. After courses resume, each module will be evaluated wherever possible.
At the end of the year, different possibilities will be implemented to help students succeed.

How will the employer training modules be assessed?

Apprentices will be exempted from these modules usually taken during the second semester. These modules will therefore be considered as passed.

Do internships take place? How are they evaluated?

For students in the final/graduating classes, a dispensation is granted for all internship modules that cannot be evaluated. For all other classes, students are also granted a dispensation for all internship modules that should have been completed between 16 March 2020 and the end of the school year.

Will the duration of the «projets intégrés » be adapted?

The duration of the final and intermediate «projets intégrés » will be adapted and their content will be limited to the subject studied until the end of the first semester of the 2019/20 school year.

The commissioners in charge of the final «projets intégrés » which are generally organised in the form of modules during the year, will communicate the modalities as soon as possible to the secondary schools concerned.

Will the deadline for signing an apprenticeship contract be extended?

The deadline for signing apprenticeship contracts - initially set at 31 October, will be extended.

What about courses and examinations for the master craftsman qualification (brevet de maîtrise)?

Courses and examinations for the master craftsman qualification are postponed.

The guidelines concerning the conclusion of the 2019/2020 academic year and the organisation of the spring and autumn 2020 examination sessions have been decided by the Service de la formation professionelle (vocational training service) of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts (Chambre des Métiers):

1. As far as possible, the examinations for the spring 2020 session covering the general and vocational theory courses will be organised during the month of July 2020.

2. The examinations will in principle cover the subjects taught up to the time of the interruption of courses, i.e. 13 March 2020.

3. The examinations will be organised in compliance with the health and hygiene regulations in place for secondary school leaving examinations (see FAQ - Secondary education).

4. Candidates who met the conditions for admission to the examinations on the date of suspension of courses will be invited to the examinations for which they have registered.

5. Requests for individual training leave already granted by the Ministry remain valid. It is not necessary to send in a new application.

6. Practical examinations will be held from 2 to 7 November 2020.

7. The examination boards are instructed to reduce the duration of the practical examinations as far as possible.

8. Examinations for the autumn session 2020 for the general and professional theory courses will take place between 5 and 16 October 2020.

Where it will not be possible to comply - for a specific course or subject - with the provisions set out in points 1 and 2, the Ministry of National Education, the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts and the examination commission will come up with an alternative solution.

The Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts will draw up a detailed schedule which will be communicated to the interested parties (candidates, lecturers and members of the examination commissions) as soon as possible.

For any questions related to the organisation, please contact the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts per mail: brevet@cdm.lu.

What about employer training at the CNFPC?

Activities related to employer training are also interrupted.

What about professional meetings?

Following the decisions taken by the Government Council on 15 March 2020, the Prime Minister announced that one of the Government's objectives is to reduce the movement of people. Thus, all so-called "professional" meetings, such as “préliminaires”, “curriculaires”, or other meetings, will be cancelled until further notice.

Music education

How will the resumption of music lessons be organised?

One-to-one tuition in music education, all branches combined, will resume on 11 May 2020, only for students of the intermediate, specialised intermediate and superior divisions.

One-to-one tuition for the musical awakening level and the lower division (for instance up to “première mention” in instrumental training included), as well as group lessons in all branches of music education remain suspended until further notice.

In order to enable all students to complete the school year in the best possible conditions, the programmes and the organisation of tests and examinations are adapted for all branches of music education.

Adult education

How is the resumption of courses in basic education organised?

The basic education courses and workshops organised by the Department of Adult Education will resume in classrooms starting Monday 11 May 2020, with small groups of students and in compliance with the barrier measures against the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. The schedules at the various sites (Wiltz, Ettelbruck, Mersch, Kirchberg, Echternach and Differdange) will be slightly adapted. During the week of 4 May 2020, teachers will inform their students by telephone.

Education Ministry affiliated providers (municipalities and associations) are authorised to resume face-to-face basic education courses from 11 May 2020 with small groups of pupils and in compliance with the barrier measures against the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Learners will be informed by the course providers by telephone before the start of the course.

How is the resumption of courses of the back-to-education option (deuxième voie de qualification) organised?

The back-to-education courses, which are organised during daytime on the site of the Department of Adult Education in Kirchberg, will resume on 11 May 2020 according to the weekly alternating system (the class is divided into two groups which alternate one week of teaching at school followed by a week of rehearsals at home).

The back-to-education courses taught in the evenings in secondary schools (ECG, LGK, LNW, LTC, LTMA) also resume on 11 May 2020, according to the alternating weekly system, or continue to be taught by distance learning with the possibility of using face-to-face tutoring. Evaluations will exclusively take place face-to-face.

How are the general interest courses organised?

Classroom-based general interest courses remain suspended until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Many courses are, as far as possible, organised as distance learning courses. Learners will be informed by e-mail by the course providers before the start of the course.

How to obtain the certificate "Living together in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg"?

The "Living together in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" courses remain suspended until the end of the school year 2019-2020. Nevertheless, the exams to obtain the certificate required for the acquisition of the Luxembourg nationality continue to be organised regularly on the Kirchberg site.

Registration can be done via the website lux.men.lu, where you will also find the exam modalities and links to reference documents to help prepare for the exam.

How can I get information and advice on adult education?

You can contact the Department of Adult Education either by phone at 8002 - 4488 or by e-mail sfa@men.lu .

An appointment can be set up at the Kirchberg site with an adult education advisor, if needed.

Visits without an appointment are to be avoided.

When will the tests take place at the Institut national des langues (INL)?

Only national and international exams and tests will take place at INL, starting on 11th May 2020 and in the strict obedience of the distancing measures established by the Ministry of Health. Information on www.inll.lu.

All candidates already enrolled for an exam or test (including the Sproochentest), will be able to take their exam or test before the end of the semester.

Will the INL organise online courses or offer the possibility for online learning?

INL courses will continue to be taught remotely until the end of the current semester, 9th July 2020 inclusive.

Learners may check their electronic learning platform. They are invited to follow the instructions given by their teachers and to work autonomously on a number of tasks prepared for them.

  • Mis à jour le 03-07-2020