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Schools should switch to code orange by the autumn holidays, while going to school full-time remains the goal

All schools in Flanders must switch to code orange by the autumn holidays. The Flemish government reports this in a press release. It is the intention that all pupils and pupils continue to go to school full-time, although schools can organize distance learning for the 2nd and 3rd stage of secondary education if necessary if this effectively reaches all the pupils involved.

After hours of consultation between Flemish Minister of Education Ben Weyts (N-VA), the school umbrella organizations and the unions, an agreement was reached just after midnight on the (near) corona future of schools in Flanders. By the autumn holidays (from November 2 to November 8) all schools must switch to code orange.

Also with code orange, the intention will be that all pupils and pupils from primary and secondary education continue to attend school full-time. Schools will be given the opportunity, if necessary, to organize distance education for pupils in the 2nd and 3rd stage of secondary education. An important condition in this respect is that they must effectively reach all students involved with this distance learning.

Sharper measures

Code orange means that other security measures are being tightened up. In primary education, all extracurricular activities are suspended except for swimming lessons. Children are given permanent places in the refectory and the presence of visitors or other outsiders at school is strictly limited.

In secondary education, varying playing times are possible under code orange. Meals should be taken per class as much as possible and students should attend classes in fixed classrooms where they have a fixed seat as much as possible.

Sports activities will follow the protocol of the sports sector. This means that in secondary school indoor sports activities may only take place if a distance of 1.5 meters between the students is possible.

Showers may no longer be used. Changing rooms may still be used if everyone is wearing a mouth mask and if the entire room is cleaned after each class group.

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