Older pupils in all schools will learn remotely for one week in Latvia

In the week after the autumn holiday, studies will be remote for all grade 7-12 pupils in Latvia, Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska told Latvian Television October 13.

The Minister said that model C, which means remote learning, is already practiced in Latvia. For example, Natālijas Draudzinas High School is in quarantine.

Pupils have autumn holidays next week, and Šuplinska hopes that this will help calm feelings, stress and uncertainty. After the holiday, it is planned that one week of remote learning will take place for all classes 7-12.

“Then we'll be watching the situation again, looking at the data and deciding further,” Šuplinska said.

On the other hand, junior students in classes 1-6 will be able to go to school if the school is not in a municipality where special restrictions are imposed.

In an interview with LTV, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), expressed his support for this. He said that the number of schools affected by COVID-19 is increasing and currently there are already 60.

On the other hand, the upcoming school holidays will help to separate children from each other. As a result, one-week remote learning will provide additional help to stop the spread of the virus among older students, the epidemiologist said.

 

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