Schools officially started on Monday across Croatia, with 460,000 students enrolled in institutions, which are implementing epidemiological measures imposed by the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Courses will either be held completely in classrooms under the so-called “A Model”, or partly in classrooms and online under the “B Model” or entirely online under the “C Model”.
To reduce the number of people in buildings, the so-called “B model” schools will operate in a single shift while 60% of the institutions are to be given permission to divide students into two shifts, Education Minister Radovan Fuchs (HDZ, EPP) has said.
Citizens have been criticising the government for having allowed schools to open without foolproof instructions and contingency planning for worst-case scenarios.
As a result, many parents are reluctant to send their children to classrooms, particularly with the country seeing an increase in COVID-19 infections each day.
To minimise the spread of COVID-19, the government has called on education workers to act responsibly even outside of their working hours.
Students, especially older ones, have also been urged to wear masks while in schools.
(Tea Trubić Macan, EURACTIV.hr)