More pupils may be allowed back to school after Easter

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Following the Easter holidays, from April 7 additional classes will be allowed back to school for in-person education, provided local Covid-19 morbidity rates are below the allowed threshold, the government decided April 1.

From April 7, face-to-face learning will be possible for classes 1-6 and class 12, subject to epidemiological safety requirements and weekly testing of educational staff. The rules are pretty complex and in most cases parents and guardians will probably be best off asking individual schools about whether and when they will be open.

Here is the latest government information:

Safety measures for on-site education

Kindergartens will continue to operate on-site also after 7 April. To reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread, employees should strictly adhere to epidemiological safety requirements, including the use of mouth and nose covering. Kindergarten staff will continue to be tested once a week.

At other levels of education, it is primarily stated that learning takes place remotely, but with a number of exceptions, considering education as one of the government's priorities and children's psycho-emotional health.

From 7 April, in municipalities where the two-week morbidity rate per 100,000 people does not exceed 200, on-site education can be organized for students from grades 1st to 6th and students of 12th grade. For students of grades from 7th to 11th on-site studying can take place on a rotating basis so that the classes in the educational institution do not overlap. In order to resume on-site studying, the educational institution must provide epidemiological requirements and weekly testing of staff.

Individual face-to-face consultations will also be available throughout Latvia for 12th grade students and those students that are subjected to risk of dropping out of school, and for those students of vocational study programs who have to pass state examinations in the first half of 2021. On-site consultations take place only at the individual invitation of the teacher in accordance with the epidemiological safety procedure. The consultation time should not exceed 40 minutes.

In municipalities where the 14-day cumulative morbidity rate of Covid-19 per 100,000 people exceeds 200, on-site studying for 12th graders can be organised no more than two days a week in the subjects where centralized examinations are taken. In these municipalities up to 5 on-site classes held outdoors per week can be organized for students of other grades and up to a maximum of 10 people per group.

From 7 April, it will be possible to organize on-site classes outdoors for groups for up to 10 people in vocational education, interest education and artistic collectives.


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