Italians could be back in school by December

An interior view of a class room of the elementary school Istituto Comprensivo Como Lora Lipomo, in Como, Italy, 06 November 2020. [EPA-EFE/MATTEO BAZZI]

Two of the government coalition parties, 5-Star-Movement and Italy Alive, are asking for the return of in-person-schooling as of 9 December.

Mayors “offered their full cooperation with the government to work to the common objective, which is the reopening of schools,” said the president of the National Association of Municipalities (Anci) and Bari Mayor, Antonio Decaro, after a meeting with Education Minister Lucia Azzolina, involving all metropolitan mayors.

Although the decision has not yet been taken, there are pressures from inside the government coalition, including from the minister herself, to open as soon as possible.

The first possible date for reopening schools would be 9 December. Even Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte did not exclude the possibility of reopening in December on Monday.

“We will do our best to reopen schools in December”, said Health Minister Roberto Speranza. “We will evaluate the epidemiological situation every day. Schools are an absolute priority for the government,” he added. (Alessandro Follis |

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