A student at Vogelweh Elementary School pays attention during a lesson in April 2020.

A student at Vogelweh Elementary School pays attention during a lesson in April 2020. (Russell Toof/U.S. Army)

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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Students at Defense Department schools in Germany will continue with remote learning until the end of January at earliest, education officials said Friday.

The first day back in the classroom will be Monday, Feb. 1, said Stephen Smith, spokesman for the Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe. Ankara Elementary/High School in Turkey will also extend remote learning until Feb. 1, he said.

Students enrolled in DODEA’s virtual learning program are not affected by the schedule change.

DODEA’s 34 schools in Germany transitioned to remote learning on Dec. 16, the first day that German schools were closed as the government tightened the country's coronavirus restrictions. Classes were set to resume on Jan. 19.

But the start date was pushed back after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of Germany's 16 federal states announced Tuesday that the country's lockdown was being extended by three weeks, starting Jan. 11, as the host nation struggles to stop the spread of the coronavirus..

The date for resuming in-school learning at DODEA schools in Germany and Turkey remains fluid, Smith said. It could change, depending on local circumstances and host nation guidance. Twitter: @stripesktown

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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