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Schools should remain in code yellow, Flemish education minister says

November 24, 2020

Original Article: https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/health/134451/schools-should-remain-in-code-yellow-flemish-education-minister-says/

Schools should remain in code yellow as much as possible, Flemish Minister for Education Ben Weyts said on Tuesday.

Weyts made this appeal on the occasion of the Consultation Committee, which met on Tuesday. “All pupils of all ages should be able to continue attending school as much as possible”, he said.

After an initial meeting on Monday evening, the new federal government will once again met with the federated entities on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the corona situation.

The colour barometer, which should link actions against the virus to a phase in the epidemic, may be a while away. Government circles are told that the system must first be fully up to date.

However, Flemish Education Minister Ben Weyts took the opportunity to emphasise that education – which has been working with its own colour codes for some time now – should as far as possible remain on code yellow, as is currently the case.

That level indicates a low risk of infection, as a result of which children in nursery and primary education can always go to school full-time, and pupils in secondary, part-time art and adult education are also expected to attend school five days a week, albeit with a face mask.

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