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Back to school 'new normality': Smaller class groups, lessons outside and masks
19 June 2020 @ 20:26

The start of the 2020-2021 academic year will be different from ever before, but some of the consequences of Covid-19 precautions will be positive progress.

Class sizes are expected to shrink – a maximum of 15 to 20 children will be in any one group, although the 'recommended maximum' will be 15, says national president Pedro Sánchez.

This allows for social distancing, and as a bonus, will mean pupils get more individual attention and supervision.

Masks will be compulsory except in infants', and priority will be given to activities in the open air, both educational and leisure-related.

It may mean more sports or nature field trips, but could also mean that on a warm, sunny day, kids get to take their usual lessons outside.

Regional governments are mainly responsible for deciding matters relating to education, subject to certain limits, and online 'meetings' have been held between these and the national government in order to agree procedures.

Every school in the country needs to have a contingency plan in place ready to be activated from September if necessary, and at least one person will be required to be in charge of monitoring and managing suspected Coronavirus cases, with a team on hand to ensure full information is supplied at all times and recommended procedures are followed.

“Guaranteeing the return to class for all pupils is our priority – the school year being interrupted was a huge blow, a wound that has affected generations of young people,” Sánchez says.



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