Austria’s Education Minister Heinz Faßmann (ÖVP) said a decision will be made on when to reopen schools on Wednesday, January 13th.
Currently, face-to-face lessons are set to start again on Monday, January 18th – however this date may be pushed back to January 25th, Der Standard reports.
School started again in Austria on January 7th, but only through distance learning.
Faßmann told Austrian media that the plan is for all schools – including both compulsory schools and upper schools – to go back on either the 18th or the 25th of January.
While face-to-face classes took place in December in compulsory schools, distance learning has been taking place in upper schools since the start of November.
Testing for all students?
As part of the reopening plan, Austria is also set to test all students at least once a week, Faßmann told Der Standard.
Initially, the reopening plan will include testing once per week on Monday for all students.
Eventually, this will be increased to twice a week.
The Austrian government has procured five million tests at €2.70 per test to enable the school testing scheme to go ahead.
Faßmann said that while all students would be strongly encouraged to be tested, testing would not be compulsory.