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Italy: First socially-distanced lessons begin for Italian students03:29

Italy: First socially-distanced lessons begin for Italian students

Italy, Codogno
September 14, 2020 at 15:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Schoolchildren across the nation started to go back to school on Monday in Italy. In the town of Codogno, the epicentre of Italy's coronavirus outbreak in February, we were given an insight into how the 'Istituto Comprensivo Statale di Codogno' will be trial running socially-distanced learning. Codogno's mayor attended the occasion and rang the school bell to mark the return to normality.

One of the parents in Codogno explained the preparation methods now in place when sending a child to school. "She has an extra mask just in case, gel, hygienic tissues, everything is ready in her backpack. Let's hope it goes well, but not only in this respect, but in general. I hope they learn, that they are all good together and they learn to be a community and share. We'll know by the end of the year," stated the mother.

Codogno mayor Francesco Passerini also attended the opening day of school, introducing himself to some students and symbollically ringing the school bell to start the year. "The last time someone rang this bell, on February 21st, unfortunately the kids didn't hear it because they had to go home earlier. We want to start again from this bell, this sound. We now want to hear this sound again every day with normality, which, maybe, is something that our community has been missing. We hope that with this step we will soon find our normality and our lives again," explained the mayor.

Not all regions have had the confidence to make the move, with seven out of 20 regions opting to delay the decision to resume the return to lessons in person.

Italy has had 287,753 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide since the outbreak again, leading to 35,610 virus-related deaths.

Italy: First socially-distanced lessons begin for Italian students03:29
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Schoolchildren across the nation started to go back to school on Monday in Italy. In the town of Codogno, the epicentre of Italy's coronavirus outbreak in February, we were given an insight into how the 'Istituto Comprensivo Statale di Codogno' will be trial running socially-distanced learning. Codogno's mayor attended the occasion and rang the school bell to mark the return to normality.

One of the parents in Codogno explained the preparation methods now in place when sending a child to school. "She has an extra mask just in case, gel, hygienic tissues, everything is ready in her backpack. Let's hope it goes well, but not only in this respect, but in general. I hope they learn, that they are all good together and they learn to be a community and share. We'll know by the end of the year," stated the mother.

Codogno mayor Francesco Passerini also attended the opening day of school, introducing himself to some students and symbollically ringing the school bell to start the year. "The last time someone rang this bell, on February 21st, unfortunately the kids didn't hear it because they had to go home earlier. We want to start again from this bell, this sound. We now want to hear this sound again every day with normality, which, maybe, is something that our community has been missing. We hope that with this step we will soon find our normality and our lives again," explained the mayor.

Not all regions have had the confidence to make the move, with seven out of 20 regions opting to delay the decision to resume the return to lessons in person.

Italy has had 287,753 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide since the outbreak again, leading to 35,610 virus-related deaths.

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