Belgrade Mayor Zoran Radojicic told the Serbian state TV (RTS) on Monday that the city authorities have earmarked 920 million Dinars (1 Euro – 118 Dinars) for protective equipment for schools.
School children in Serbia are returning to school on Tuesday, September 1, despite warnings from doctors and teachers of a possible increase in the number of coronavirus infections. Parents were given the option of having children go to school or take classes online with the Education Ministry saying that more than 90 percent decided to send their children to school. Schools have organized classes based on recommendations from the ministry which said that classes should be shortened from the customary 45 to 30 minutes with children going to school one week and staying at home with online classes the next week.
Mayor Radojicic said that the city authorities are planning to set aside another 460 million Dinars for face masks, disinfection supplies and other needs by the end of the year.“Essential disinfection equipment and masks to be used by teachers and children in special circumstances have been procured and delivered to schools,” the Mayor said and added that parents have to secure face mask for their children.
Radojicic, a doctor and head of a children’s hospital in Belgrade, said that cloth masks are good enough to protect children. “Taking everything into account, their purpose and protection they provide is sufficient. From an ecological point of view they also have advantages since they can be washed while surgical masks take a long time to degrade in nature – up to 460 years,” he said and added that children will learn good habits by taking care of their masks.