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All School Students Resume In-person Classes from Monday

All school students resumed in-person classes as of Monday. Regional health authorities lifted restrictions after COVID-19 infection rates went down, said the Education Ministry in a press release.
In the past week all first- to fourth-graders along with fifth- to 12th-graders in 16 regions: Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Gabrovo, Lovech, Montana, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Pleven, Plovdiv, Sofia City, Sofia District, Stara Zagora, Razgrad, Haskovo and Yambol returned to school. As of February 24 remote learning was suspended in the regions of Shumen, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil and Silistra, On February 25 students in Targovishte returned to school. As of February 28 the remaining seven regions: Burgas, Vratsa, Dobrich, Kardzhali, Ruse, Sliven and Smolyan resumed in-person classes.
On Monday students will be tested for COVID. Those who have a certificate proving vaccination, COVID recovery, presence of antibodies or a negative COVID test are exempted. 
Testing has been introduced at the request of health authorities as a condition for resuming in-person classes. The decision when school test will be lifted is up to the health authorities and depends on the numbers laid out in the national plan for tackling the COVID epidemic. “Before the beginning of the last epidemic wave around 1,000 students got infected weekly. At the peak of the wave their number reached around 2,000 and some were treated in hospital. In other words, the wave hasn’t ended yet,” said Education Minister Nikolay Denkov. He expects testing to be lifted along with the green certificates by March 20 at the latest.
Currently, the Education Ministry has enough COVID-19 tests available for students. PP