While it is still mandatory for some Dutch-speaking groups, students in Francophone schools should no longer wear headscarves because the start of the new school year is very complicated in the Brussels-Capital Region.
Before the start of the new school year, education officials in Flanders and the French community (built in Wallonia and Francofon Brussels) decided to entertain students with masking rules from September 1.
But Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels are still enforcing the strict rules that apply before the summer holidays, which means that in the fifth and sixth years, primary school staff (students aged 10-12) still wear masks at home. That means they must.
In some schools, such as Söder-Juliaan de Vindertouin, such as Oudge municipality, this can lead to some confusion when Dutch and French-speaking students enter the school through one door.
However, different rules apply after students enter.
“It’s not easy to explain that to children,” said director Stephanie Vermeer on Flemish Radio. But by the end of September, I hope there will be new entertainment for fifth- and sixth-graders.
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Outside, Dutch-speaking students should also wear masks if they cannot keep their distance, but things are a little different for French-speaking students.
It is sad that such actions highlight the difference. We need to see how we can solve this together in Brussels, ”Vermeer said. Because if you make a difference by taking different steps in a school, then we should try to make decisions together.
In high schools and in French society, high school veils are also a thing of the past – students can take off their masks when sitting or standing in class.
Teachers are allowed to remove their masks when teaching in the classroom.
In Dutch-speaking high schools in Brussels, however, staff and students (13 to 18 years old) still have to wear masks at home. In addition, students and staff should keep distance from each other as much as possible.
Schools should also try to mix as many class groups as possible, for example, for vacations and / or lunch for different groups in the high school.
“We understand that there is no other way because of the low immunization rates in Brussels,” said Bruno de Lill, director general of the Saint Godell School Group in Brussels.
He added: “But it is unfortunate that in Brussels everything is being put together and they do not see the situation in a municipality or a school.”
According to De Lil, “The students and their teachers are desperate for some fun, and some now have to wear masks for the third year in a row because it is unfortunate that the rules are not fun throughout the capital-region. . ”