Students return to schools on Sept 1 - Health Min

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The school year in Poland will start on September 1 as students will generally return to their classrooms, apart from exceptional cases where online teaching will be introduced, Health Ministry spokesperson Wojciech Andrusiewicz said on Friday.

The spokesperson was asked whether the government was considering a delayed start of the school year due to increased coronavirus infections seen in recent weeks, with a new record of daily infections being reported on Friday.

"As of today, September 1 is the date when children should start their education in Poland. We keep stressing that if there are any exceptions, if there should be distance learning, it will be introduced locally," Andrusiewicz said.

He also said that the recent rise in infections was a result of people returning from holidays and family gatherings.

Schools will follow a sanitary regime and the government will provide all of them with sanitisers, he added.