Autumn holidays change, art schools close too

The ministry will contribute to schools to buy computers and other equipment for distance learning.

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Changes to autumn holidays

The autumn break will take place during two consecutive weekends:
Friday October 30 - Monday November 2 and then
Friday November 6 - Monday November 9.

Education Minister Branislav Gröhling confirmed the changes on Friday. The autumn break is typically five days at the turn of October and November. The change is coming to accommodate the plan for nationwide testing that will be taking place that weekend.

"It will be Fridays and Mondays, due to the fact that during the weekend, nationwide testing will take place and [schools] will be disinfected on Mondays," the minister told the press conference.

Some of the testing sites around the country will be placed in schools or in school gyms.

How schools will work during the lockdown

During the curfew-and-testing-based lockdown, secondary schools and grades five to nine of primary schools will be taught online from Monday, October 26 until Friday, November 27.

Kindergartens and grades one to four of primary schools will remain open.

The same rules apply for special schools.

If the situation improves, everyone will return to school on November 30.

The minister has called on universities to conduct distanced teaching until the end of this semester.

School clubs and art schools

School clubs, or afternoon school, will continue for the youngest pupils, grades one to four. (The grades that continue in-person teaching).

Art schools must switch to distance learning.

Financial support for schools

The minister said he is in talks with the Labour Ministry about contributing to the salaries of art school teachers. He is counting on €21 million to be earmarked for this purpose.

The Education Ministry put aside €6 million of its own budget to distribute grants for digitalisation to schools. Schools with 15 - 99 pupils will get €500, schools with 100 - 300 pupils €2,000 and schools with 301 and more pupils will get €4,000.

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