Polish schools to start regular classes on September 1 - ministry

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The Education Ministry plans a regular school year start on September 1, Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that there will be no facemask obligation during classes.

"Of course, we want children to be able to return to school safely, which is what the prime minister, the chief sanitary inspector and the health minister have said," Piontkowski said.

He added that the ministry wants the basic work model in the new school year to be the traditional model in which children meet with teachers and classes are held in schools.

Piontkowski also announced that from the new school year there will be no obligation to cover the mouth and nose during classes, with such rules applying only to larger groups. However, he said, personal hygiene rules like the disinfection of hands will continue to apply.