the mood is this – if a new wave begins, schools should be closed last


«Now we proceed from the assumption that schools will work in person, regardless of the epidemiological situation.“, – said the politician.

According to her, in general, the remote mode should be switched on pointwise. Those. if a student falls ill in the classroom, he and his contact persons are transferred to distance learning, and not the entire school.

And in general, in the new academic year, face-to-face rather than distance learning should be the norm.

«We proceed from the fact that if, due to a new wave of the epidemic, it is necessary to restrict the work of public institutions, then schools will be the last to close, after the work of shops and other institutions is limited. And when the situation improves, schools will be the first to open. We have already managed to agree on this, but we are still discussing the details.“, – assured A. Muizniece.

The new concept of organizing the educational process, which her department is now coordinating with the Ministry of Health, also suggests that directors of educational institutions must make decisions on epidemiological safety measures based on their specific situation: what premises are available to them, the teaching staff (and how much vaccination is covered) , are there any cases of the disease in the school itself, etc.

«Field directors may know better. Situations in many schools are different“, – she explained.

However, at the ministry level, general rules for the interaction of vaccinated and unvaccinated participants in the educational process are also being developed: in what cases are masks, distancing, etc.

«Now we have a meeting on the organization of testing for coronavirus in educational institutions. On August 10 or at the latest on August 17, we plan to consider and approve the organization of the educational process at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. So that in mid-August every detail of how the educational process will be organized is clear. Then we will inform all educational institutions, parents and students themselves about this.“, – said the minister.

When asked about the vaccination of teachers, she replied that as of August 1, 65% of school teachers were already vaccinated, the rest will still be motivated and informed at special seminars. Plus, the Ministry of Education is waiting for the Ministry of Health to develop a procedure that will allow educators to access the Janssen vaccine (it only requires one dose, not two), a new batch of which is about to arrive in the country.

But what will happen to the unvaccinated students, are there any restrictions planned for them?

«Education in our country is compulsory up to grade 9. Of course, the state must ensure that everyone has access to education. The issue of testing non-vaccinated students is being discussed now, but how often and how this will happen, I still cannot say, we are discussing this”, – Anita Muizniece answered.


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