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Spanish government agrees plan with regions for return to school – full details

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All students aged over 6 will have to wear face masks at all times when they start classes across Spain during September, to combat potential infections of Coronavirus (Covid-19) at schools.

This is just one of the ‘protocol measures’ agreed between the Spanish government and all the regional authorities, as part of an overall agreement to start the 2020-2021 academic year, and ‘to achieve the highest degree of presence possible and a safe return to the classroom’.

Education Minister Isabel Celaá (centre), Health Minister Salvador Illa (left) and Carolina Darias, Minister for Territorial Policy, during the press conference on 27 August 2020. (Pool Moncloa)

It was announced on Thursday following a recent online conference on education and health.

The full agreement encompasses 29 measures and 5 recommendations – to be applied by the ‘competent administrations in educational centres’ in each region of Spain, with the objective of ‘building a model of co-governance that generates trust in the educational community’.

At a press conference on Thursday, Spain’s Education Minister Isabel Celaá, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, and the Minister of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, presented the key measures in the agreement.

Students already had to wear face marks for this year’s ‘Selectividad’ exams. Photo courtesy of the Universidad Internacional de Valencia. (

Overall, the Spanish government and regional authorities have agreed that pupils should be physically present at school, with teaching activity held face-to-face and not online, and for all levels and stages of the educational system.

These are all the key measures & recommendations:

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