Back to school in Spain: When do classes resume in the different regions?

Back to school in Spain: When do classes resume in the different regions?
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It’s back to school for Spanish children after a break of six months but with a surge in coronavirus outbreaks across the nation, the resumption of classes is not straightforward.

It’s back to school for Spanish children after a break of six months but with a surge in coronavirus outbreaks across the nation, the resumption of classes is not straightforward.

The central government has issued a set of guidelines to keep the classrooms safe including extra hygiene measures and compulsory facemasks for children over the age of six but extra measures have been decided by regional education boards.

Spain's 17 regional governments, which are responsible for health care and education, have introduced a patchwork of different measures, and that in some places that includes staggering the return to school depending on the age groups.

So here is a guide to when school is starting, for what age groups, depending on the region.

Bear in mind, these are the return dates for the state schools and private schools will have their own timetables. 

Andalusia

The academic year has already started in Andalusia for the youngest students with “infantil” or “preschool” starting on September 1st. In primary schools (colegio), classes begin on September 12th and on September 15th for secondary schools (instituto) for those aged between 12 and 16 (ESO) and for those doing “sixth form” (Bachillerato).

Aragon

infantil starts on September 7th, colegio on September 8th and instituto on September 10th

Asturias

In this northern region students up until the age of 12 (infantil and colegio) will have to wait until September 22nd for classes to start while those at the instituto won’t start until September 29th and higher education courses (FP) until September 30th.

Balearic Islands

All schools and all age groups will go back on September 10th although higher education courses (FP) classes start on September 29th.

Canary Islands

infantile and colegio students will return to classrooms on September 15th while those at institutos will go back a day later on September 16th, those on FP courses on the 17th.

Cantabria

Classes will begin for the younger students (infantil and colegio) on September 7th and for instituto and FP students on September 10th

Catalonia

Classes at all schools resume on September 14th

Castilla-La Mancha

All schools are scheduled to reopen on September 9th

Castile y Leon

For infantil and colegio students the school year begins on September 9 while older students are not set to return until 14.

Valencia

Classes begin at all schools on September 7th

Extremadura

Students in schools years at infantil, colegio and ESO will return on September 10th while bachillerato and FP go back a day later on September 11th.

Galicia

Classes begin on September 10th for infantil and colegio age students while older students return on September 16.

La Rioja

Students will return to school on September 7th although it is possible that a combination of school and online learning might be introduced for students from the third year of ESO.

Madrid

This is where the “back to school” schedule gets the most complicated as the capital copes with a resurgence in the coronavirus and a steep rise in the number of new cases. Authorities here have chosen to stagger the return with nurseries open from September 4th while classes for infantil and the first three year groups in primary will begin on September 8th.

The upper three year groups (Year 4,5,6) won’t begin until Thursday September 17th.

The students in the 1st and 2nd of ESO, and those at FP Básica and Grado Medio will begin on Friday, September 18th.

The 3rd and 4th year ESO students will return to the classroom on September 9th, and so too will those studying in bachillerato.

While those attending FP Superior won’t go back until September 28th.

Murcia

Classes for those at infantil and colegio students will begin classes on September 14th, a delay of a week. While Secundaria and bachillerato classes have been delayed until September 10th and 11th and FP students until September 15th.

Navarra

Classes in Navarra will begin between September 4th and 7th for all educational levels, depending on the school.

Basque Country

Classes for all ages will begin on September 7th but will be limited to mornings only,

Ceuta and Melilla

In Spain’s enclaves in North Africa classes will begin on September 9th in Melilla and on September 10th in Ceuta.

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