Minister for Education Justyne Caruana announced an update to the COVID-19 protocols for Malta’s schools. The measures apply for the 2021-2022 scholastic year, but some might be amended depending on the situation at the time.
- Schools are set to reopen on 28 September
- Covid-19 vaccine is not mandatory for students or staff
- Students must wear face masks in class, regardless of vaccination status
- Kindergarten students can remove their mask while in their bubble. Social distancing is recommended but will not be enforced.
- Kindergarten assistants and LSEs must wear a mask and a visor.
- Students in Year 8 and below need to sit 1.5m apart
- Students in Year 9 and above must be seated 1m apart
- School assembly can be held with social distancing and bubbles
- Special activities, such as children’s birthday celebrations can be held
- Parents cannot attend events or activities at school (this might change if restrictions ease)
- Physical education lessons, fieldwork and lab work can return but in social bubbles
- Tuck shops can open but they can only sell pre-packaged food
- Virtual lessons can be held when needed
What do you think of these updated measures?