Monaco’s school holidays will start on Friday, April 9, instead of two weeks later. Children will go back to school on Monday, April 26.

This falls into line with Monaco’s neighbour, but during the coming week classes will continue face-to-face instead of at a distance as is the case in France.

“Advancing the holidays makes it possible to guarantee both the quality of teaching and health security within schools,” the Government said after consultations with the National Council, teachers and parents’ associations.

Sixty-seven percent of teachers in the Principality are seconded from France, and their own childcare concerns played a significant part in Monaco’s decision.

FILE PHOTO: Schoolchildren, wearing protective face masks, attend a lesson in their classroom at the private primary school Jeanne D’Arc in Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, near Paris, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, March 30, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes