While visiting Francisco Franco High School, Miguel Albuquerque, said that due to the need to maintain social distancing in schools, classes will have to change as lessons cannot be taught as they used to be.
The President of Madeira said that the government will wait “another month or two,” especially after the airport reopens, to define how the 2020/2021 school year will work. “If the coronavirus remains contained, we will be able to re-open schools under certain conditions. If an outbreak arises, we will have to rethink our strategy. Our idea is to create a mixture of face to face and digital classes; thus, ensuring the safety of teachers and students. However, this method could prove more problematic for schools with a high number of pupils, such as Francisco Franco and Liceu Jaime Moniz, especially when it comes to implementing social distancing in classes.
He concluded by saying that “if the situation evolves positively, as the government expects it to, our hope is to re-open schools in September.”