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Schools reopening for upper high school grades on Monday, Education Minister says at briefing

Schools reopening for upper high school grades on Monday, Education Minister says at briefing
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The last three high school grades will return to classrooms as of Monday (April 12), Education Minister Niki Kerameus announced on Wednesday.

During the regular live briefing on the pandemic, Kerameus said that grades 10-12 were the first to return to class because they were out of school the longest and because graduating students had to prepare for university entrance exams at the end of the current school year.

In addition, as both she and the Health ministers explained at the briefing, teachers and students will have to take self-diagnostic tests twice a week before attending class. They have to enter the results on the online platform self-testing.gov.gr, which is already partly operational.

The system will issue both students and teachers with a negative test result card every Monday and Thursday. These are obligatory for both, with the students presenting theirs to teachers during roll call. Any teacher or student with a positive test result will be entitled to a free rapid test follow up at a public hospital or health center.

Kerameus noted that the education ministry is consulting with the health ministry's committee of coronavirus health experts towards the reopening of other school grades, but did not provide any details or dates for their reopening.