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Budapest Proposes Later Morning School Start from September

Csenge Schőnviszky 2020.06.30.

The capital is proposing a daily delayed start to school as part of the fight against a potential second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, the Budapest city administration announced.

One third of those traveling on public transport in Budapest between 7 and 8 am are students, mainly in secondary and higher education. According to the statement, in order to “avoid congestion on public transport from the autumn, local public transport company BKK and the Budapest city administration recommend that educational institutions postpone the start of the school day to 9 am.

BKK calculates that a staggered school start could reduce the number of passengers on vehicles by 20%.

A passenger wearing a protective mask gets on a bus. (Photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI.)

According to the statement, the capital and the BKK are now working to “restore confidence in public transport and minimize the risk of infection. One of the conditions for this is to allow distance, to avoid congestion.” According to the town hall, the restoration of trust also serves to make the city more livable, so the people of Budapest can choose public transport if they want to.

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On Monday, the city administration, the BKK, the Ministry of Human Resources responsible for education, and the Klebelsberg Center, as well as the ten school districts of Budapest, the Association of Foundation and Private Schools, the churches that maintain several educational institutions in the capital (Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, MAZSI Baptist), higher education institutions, vocational training centers, and trade unions all had a reconciliation about the new start time for schools. The heads of the institutions are invited to further discuss the implementation of the idea.

City Hall also plans to organize a similar forum with employers, and in workplaces where production is not affected, it may also be possible to start work on a deferred basis.

Featured photo illutration by Balázs Mohai/MTI.