Which schools stay open under Italy’s new emergency measures?

Which schools stay open under Italy's new emergency measures?
Restrictions for some schools will depend on the local area's coronavirus situation. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
Italy's latest emergency decree says primary and infant schools can stay open, but things are changing for middle and high school classes. Here are the details.

High schools across Italy must switch to distance learning under new coronavirus restrictions which come into force from Thursday November 5th.

Infant and primary schools (scuola dell’infanzia, scuola primaria) may remain open for in-person teaching across the country, the official decree text states.

The situation changes for lower and upper secondary schools (scuola media, scuola superiore) depending on a new system of regional rules.

 
Italy has declared a new tiered system for classifying each region according to the severity of the local coronavirus situation.

 
In regions declared “red zones”, distance learning will start from the second grade of middle school, with the exception of any school activities that require special equipment. There are also exceptions made for disabled students or those with special educational needs.
 
 
In orange (medium risk) and yellow (lower risk) zones, younger student will continue to attend school but high school (scuola superiore) lessons must be taught online.
 
Infant and primary schools will remain open even in red zones.
 
The rules, valid until December 3rd, were signed into law by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late on Tuesday.
 
They also include a nationwide evening curfew, in place from 10pm until 5am.

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