Greek Minister of Education Niki Kerameus, along with Greek health officials, announced on Tuesday that schools in the nation will officially open on Monday, September 14th.
In her announcement, the Minister gave repeated assurances regarding the safety of schoolchildren, stating that preparations for the opening of schools has been in place for months now.
In outlining the measures put in place, Kerameus highlighted that the use of masks in outdoor and indoor spaces will be mandatory for teachers and students.
Free masks will be provided by the Greek Government to students and educators in both public and private schools.
She also stressed that education about the correct use of masks will be provided to students.
Additionally, students will take breaks at different times to avoid crowding in schools. Antiseptic will be located throughout schools, and facilities will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis to avoid the spread of the virus.
If just one case of the virus is identified in a school, it will be closed, and there will be strict contact tracing instituted in order to stop a potential outbreak.
Kerameus also stated that all classes will be ready to switch to online learning immediately, if that becomes necessary.