Norway has reopened this Monday the schools for students from first to fourth gradeafter six weeks of confinement due to the pandemic ofcoronavirus,as reported by the authorities.
This decision affectssome 250,000 students from the Scandinavian country, which has a population of approximately 5.4 million people, and has taken placea week after nurseries and kindergartens reopened, according to information from the local television channel TV2.
As part of the reopens, schools have introducedstrict instructions to maintain hygiene. Children have to wash their hands when they arrive at school, as well as before and after meals, if they sneeze or cough, and if they do outdoor activities.
Likewise,classes have been reduced to a maximum of fifteen students per teacher. Steffen Handal, president of the Education Union, the country’s largest, has warned that “teaching may be affected if teachers have to clean classrooms, as suggested by the new regulations.”
The Minister of Education, Gurli Melby, has indicated thatcleaning staff is the best option to maintain hygiene in classroomsand has specified that both teachers and students must be prepared.
If this reopening works as planned, the Government hopes to be able to resume classes for students of higher grades.
The coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has so far left 202 dead and 7,527 confirmed cases.