STA, 27 August 2020 - Slovenian primary and secondary school students will start the new school year in classrooms on 1 September, the government decided on Thursday after assessing the current epidemiological situation.
The decision means all students will start instruction in class, though they will have to observe guidelines issued by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).
Schools and teachers are ready, Education Minister Simona Kustec told the press after the government session.
Slovenia has had several possible scenarios for return to school depending on the extent of the coronavirus epidemic and the one confirmed now is known as model B.
It involves social distancing for pupils from different classes, regular washing of hands and regular ventilation of classrooms.
Classes are recommended to be divided into smaller groups, if possible.
Face masks will not be obligatory in classroom for pupils, whereas teachers will have to wear them if an adequate distance could not be maintained.