The nation’s children and young people will resume their education from September at a normal rhythm of five days a week, the ministers from all three communities have agreed.
This applies to all schools, as well as higher education and adult training and all establishments will be operating on code yellow. This is one level above Code Green, which applies when everything is under control. Code Yellow indicates that the spread of the virus is limited and requires all pupils to wear a mask when social-distancing cannot be observed.
“Priority has been given to the psycho-social and educational issues of school attendance for children and adolescents, while dealing with security requirements as flexibly as possible,” the ministers said in a joint statement. In each establishment, everyone agrees to respect the common rules.
Should the local situation require it, a school or group of schools can switch to code orange. That would involve lessons half-time in school and half-time elsewhere, but only for the second and third degrees of secondary school (year three to year six).
This is good news because school is about more than drumming facts into students and the social and social development aspects are important. Being stuck at home all day and every day is wearing — both for the children and their parents.
This also means, of course, that we can start talking about back-to-school face masks.