Most Riga schools plan learning on-site

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The majority of Riga schools will resume on-site learning, but at least one day per week the oldest classes will be provided with remote learning, according to data from the Riga City Council's survey of educational institutions, Latvian Radio said August 24.

A varying timetable is selected in part of the schools. There will also be extra-curricular activities, but the City Council suggests to take time and assess whether this is safe in the first few weeks.

By 27 August, students and their parents should be informed of the model the school has chosen. 

Of the three models proposed by the Ministry of Education and Science, 62 of 108 schools in Riga have chosen the so-called A model. This means that learning is mainly on-site but, from Year 7, at least one day per week is also remote. Meanwhile, 46 schools in Riga will have a higher share of remote studying.

In primary schools, work will also be planned in such a way that children meet as little as possible with other forms.

"It is clear that the teaching process in primary school will also be different. It might be a situation that, say, one of the class groups starts at 8.30, but the next group comes at 9, and in this way, the timetables may not be the same as they have been in the daily standard,” said Ivars Balamovskis, chief of the Education Board of Riga City Council.

To provide a remote learning process, each Riga school will acquire approximately 15 portable computers, and the school itself will be able to decide who to give them to - children in need or new computer classes.For those with computers, the municipality promises to provide paid computer programs, such as Microsoft Office.

The schools have been given time to work on the new internal rules for two more days. On 27 August, this information must be published on the school website.

Latvian Radio also reported that one school in Riga has been closed - Rīgas Lastādijas Secondary School - and the status of a State Gymnasium has been granted to Rīga Classical Gymnasium.

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