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Schools opening to be decided on Sept 1, says Education Minister

Teachers will return to schools on September 1, while classes are so far scheduled to begin on September 7, Education & Religion Minister Niki Kerameos said on Monday.

She added however that the final decision on restarting classes will be announced on September 1, after families have returned from holidays and pandemic developments are reviewed.

“Despite the fact that the start of classes is scheduled for September 7, there might be a delay,” she said. “The goal is to limit travel significantly at least a week before schools begin in order to restrict any possible spread of infections by those who don’t have symptoms,” she added.

The start of school this year comes a week earlier than in other years, the minister pointed out, and the reason for waiting until September 1 is that the domestic travel rate will have dropped.

Kerameos also appealed to parents to return home by the end of August.

The Education Minister elaborated on coronavirus protection measures, that, however, are met with protest by the teachers’ unions who consider them as not sufficient.

Teachers’ federations in public schools will march to the Parliament on Tuesday morning to demand a series of measures related to coronavirus at schools.

DOE and OLME are demanding smaller classes, more substitute teachers and more free health protection needs such as masks and disinfectants. They also want mass and repeated tests carried out on all staff and students, and more cleaning staff hired.

so far, the government has said that it will provide students and teachers with tissue masks free of charge

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