Italy’s Schools are Reopening After A Six-Month Corona Break

Accompanied by debates about the spread of the corona and organizational problems, a large part of the 8.5 million students in Italy has returned to the classes. For around two thirds of the children and young people, classes started again on Monday after a break of more than six months. The country closed its schools because of the corona pandemic on March 5, and they were not closed longer in any other European country. Because of the spread of the virus, strict precautionary and protective measures apply when starting school.

Outside of class and in classrooms where the distance cannot be maintained, students over six years of age must wear mouth and nose protection. However, the mask delivery promised by the government is stalling, as is the announced provision of 2.4 million individual tables. In addition, there is a lack of teachers and suitable rooms, which is why some lessons should also take place outside. Parents are also called upon to take a temperature on their children every morning before starting school.

“There will be difficulties and inconveniences, especially at the beginning,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a Facebook + 0.53% address. “You must do your part and follow the precautionary measures that enable you to protect your health and that of the people you love and those who love you”, Conte appealed to the children and young people and praised the teachers for their “exceptional” Efforts “.

The opening of schools and the necessary protective measures had been discussed controversially for weeks because of the recent increase in the number of corona infections in Italy. There had also been calls for the return to be postponed, in some regions school will not start until the coming week.

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Accompanied by debates about the spread of the corona and organizational problems, a large part of the 8.5 million students in Italy has returned to the classes.

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