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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German17. December 2020 The government council provides for a resolution to extend the Christmas holidays of the elementary school and the first to third graders of the college up to and including January 6, 2021. The older college and vocational school students are to be taught digitally in the first two weeks of school in the new year. The reason is the assumption that the coronavirus will spread more strongly during the festive period. The Nidwalden government council intends to change the start of face-to-face classes after the Christmas holidays in the primary school and in the 1st to 3rd grades of the St. Fidelis Stans College by three days on the 7th. January 2021 to be moved back. For the upper secondary level – this includes the fourth to sixth graders of the college as well as the learners from the vocational school Nidwalden – it is planned to hold the school lessons in the period from 4th to 15th January 2021 via distance learning. After the schools have been informed in advance, the decision is planned for the government council at its next meeting. His intentions apply subject to different or more stringent measures by the Federal Council. “In view of the many encounters during the festive season, it must be assumed that the risk of infection with the coronavirus increases overall,” said Education Director Res Schmid, justifying the government council’s request. “Since the first symptoms of an illness usually appear within ten days, we hope with this measure that no unknowingly ill pupils attend class and thus the risk of chains of infection in the school environment is significantly reduced.”

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