How schoolchildren will return to their desks on January 10

The Greek Ministry of Education has provided detailed instructions for the safe opening of schools on 10 January.

All students will be required to complete self-assessment tests before returning to school. For this, students of all levels, with and without vaccinations, as well as vaccinated teachers, from Wednesday 5 January to Saturday 8 January, will be provided with free self-diagnostic tests in the amount of 5 pieces. They will ensure infection control in the first 2 weeks of training, January 10-21.

Clarifies that self-tests must be carried out 24 hours before arrival at school on Tuesday and Friday. In the first week, they will be distributed as follows: one test no later than 24 hours before school attendance on Monday January 10, the second and third on Tuesday January 11 and Friday January 14.

Screening is mandatory. All students between 4 and 18 years of age and teachers must have a negative self-test with them. A free self-test at the pharmacies on duty will also be available during Epiphany on Thursday 6 January. The result for a public school is registered on the edupass.gov.gr platform (and not on the self-testing.gov.gr platform), from which the school card for COVID-19 is issued.

School teachers who have not been vaccinated must complete two rapid tests and a self-assessment during the first week of school. Rapid tests must be done 48 hours before Monday 10 January and Friday 14 January, and the self test should be done 24 hours before Tuesday 11 January.

From the second week of school operation, unvaccinated teachers must take 2 rapid tests per week before arriving at school on Tuesdays and Fridays. The edupass.gov.gr platform is for public schools only. The self-testing.gov.gr platform is still available for private school students and vaccinated teachers.

The Greek Ministry of Education continues to urge parents of children aged 5 and over to vaccinate them against COVID-19.





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