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Croatia: New school year starts in person with no masks

The new 2021-22 school year in Croatia starts on Monday, with 313,000 primary school and 143,000 secondary school students going back to school. Anti-epidemic rules will be milder compared to the previous academic year.

Zagreb, 4 September 2021 (Hina/MIA) — The new 2021-22 school year in Croatia starts on Monday, with 313,000 primary school and 143,000 secondary school students going back to school. Anti-epidemic rules will be milder compared to the previous academic year.

Students will need to physically distance from each other, but they won’t have to to wear face masks in their classrooms.

On school buses and other means of public transportation, students will have to wear protective masks.

Primary school pupils from first to fourth grade will be allowed to socialize to a certain extent, and in-person classes will be allowed for elective subjects and supplemental instruction.

Students who test positive for the virus will have to stay at home until they recover.

Commenting on vaccination rates in the education sector, Minister Radovan Fuchs has said recently that around 60 percent of high school staff were vaccinated, around 72 percent of staff at universities and close to 80 percent of staff in research institutions.

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