Poland's education minister has said if there is no third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, then year-eight and matriculation (matura) exam students might return to school.
Children from grades 1 through 3 will return to their schools as of January 18, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski announced on Monday.
Poland's Civic Coalition opposition grouping has called for the reopening of the hotel and hospitality sectors, and the return of, at least, grades 1-3 to school.
Pupils from grades 1-3 will probably be the first to return to school, the Polish education minister said on Tuesday without mentioning any specific dates.
Poland will allow shopping centres to reopen from next Saturday but will keep restaurants, fitness clubs, cinemas, and theatres closed at least until December 27, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a press conference on Saturday.
The majority of Poles want the first easing of coronavirus restrictions to allow children to return to school, a new survey has found.
From Monday, about 3.8 million older Polish school students are learning remotely, while 2.5 million younger children are still going to schools and kindergartens, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education Anna Ostrowska said on Monday.
As of Saturday, October 24, new and tighter government restrictions will take effect in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. The measures include the closure of restaurants for two weeks and remote schooling for grades four to eight in elementary schools.
Poland will likely keep older classes of primary schools at home and switch them to online or hybrid learning, PM Mateusz Morawiecki told the parliament on Wednesday, three days after most secondary schools moved to online teaching.
The Polish government has imposed new restrictions, which have come into force on Saturday, October 17, in order to "save the health and lives of the Polish people."