The Ministries of Health and of Education reached an agreement, which was also approved by the government at a session held on Tuesday, that the new school year will start with physical presence in schools and classrooms only of students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade in primary schools. Still, it was not specified by any of the ministries whether the school year will start on 1 September or later. “We have finalised the protocols and are currently informing all schools and teachers. Namely, a maximum of 20 students will be allowed in a classroom, and they will have to wear face masks and sit at a distance between each other of at least 1.5 metres. Still, the final decision for the physical presence of students in schools will be made by their parents. We must do all in our power to make the education processes safe for all participants, including students and their family members, as well as teachers,” said Health Minister Venko Filipce at a press conference in the government. Education Minister Arber Ademi said that all other students not covered by the protocols we adopted today will follow school lessons online from their own homes. “We are upgrading the EDUINO platform which will be used for the online lessons. We are also cooperating with the Ministry for Information Society and Administration on the establishment of unified national platform for online learning. When it comes to the duration of lessons in schools, these have to be regulated in form of laws approved by the Parliament,” Ademi said.