17:04 / 03.09.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Students heading back to school on Monday

Back to school

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Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs said on Friday that epidemiological measures for students would be much more relaxed compared to last year, especially when it comes to mask mandates and self isolation.

"Students who test positive will be sent home until they recover from the virus; the rest of the class will continue as normal. We must stress that if the physical distance is maintained, students will not need to wear masks in the classroom during lessons. Masks will be necessary while walking around between classes and when on public transportation," said Fuchs.

He added that the reason for the relaxed measures was that research had shown that schools do not contribute significantly to the spread of the virus.

And speaking of the vaccination of employees in the education system, Fuchs called on those who had not been vaccinated to do so.

As for the vaccination rate, he said that it was around 60 percent in high schools, around 72 percent at universities and close to 80 percent in research institutions.

He said that efforts would be made to keep the vaccination rate in the education sector above the vaccination rate in the general population. He noted that this was the only way to keep schools open.

An in depth research report released late last month showed the negative - and potentially long-lasting - impact of school closures and physical isolation on the mental health of children during the pandemic. The education sector has therefore vowed to maintain as much normalcy as possible.

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