School half term break extended in Flanders

Flemish education minister Ben Weyts (nationalist) has decided to extend the half-term break until 11 November, Armistice Day, which is already a public holiday.  The decision was taken following consultations with the education sector.  The measure is intended to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The half term break starts on Monday 2 November, All Souls’ Day, and usually runs for a week.  The intention is to reopen schools on Thursday 12 November. 

“I take no pleasure in making this decision” said Mr Weyts.  “We fought to reopen schools.  I want to keep them open.”

Mr Weyts is acting after he received a recommendation from virologists arguing that in the peak of the pandemic it was advisable to extend the break.

In the Francophone education sector remote learning starts in secondary schools on Wednesday this week allowing pupils to keep out of school for two weeks.

Mr Weyts said following suit in Flanders would mean organisational chaos for parents as they would have to find alternative childcare arrangements at the drop of a hat.

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