Turkey’s Health Ministry has published the anti-Coronavirus measures for schools when they reopen at the end of August. Under the measures, school buildings will have to be washed down thoroughly before the new school year starts on 31 August. Schools will have to have the appropriate equipment to measure fevers and face masks or hand sanitisers. They will have to ensure social distancing rules are complied with. This means only one person will be allowed in every four square metres. In classes, study rooms and refectories, people will have to be one metre away from each other. Pupils with fevers, coughs, runny noses, diarrhoea or respiratory problems will not be allowed to go to school.
Parents will also have to comply with social distancing rules when they pick up and drop pupils off. Where possible, the same parent should pick up and drop off their children at schools every day and grandparents over 65 should not accompany students. Parents will not be allowed to enter the school premises. All teachers, students, and other personnel will have to wear face masks and schools should provide face masks to those who do not have one. Classrooms need to be ventilated regularly during the day. One staff member per school will be designated to implement the measures. The measures they are adopting will be published on their websites and parents will be updated via emails. Full story