Pupils can go to school if Covid test results are late, says Minister

Pupils who have carried out the Covid-19 test can go to school even if the test results have not come back from the laboratory on time, Education and Science Minister Anita Muižniece told Latvian Television on August 31.

During the first week of mass testing at schools, a number of cases were recorded where both children and their parents did not receive the results of tests from the MFD laboratory at the promised time. Muižniece said the situation had been discussed with the Ministry of Health.

“All children who have performed this test, namely, have given their saliva test to the laboratory, whether or not they get the result in time, they will go to school on site,” the minister said.

She acknowledged that in that situation there is a risk that children who are infected with Covid-19 and do not know about it could start onsite learning. If such situations occur, unvaccinated contacts will have to go in self-isolation and have to switch to semi-or fully remote learning for that particular class bubble. 

Responsible officials plan to discuss on Tuesday under what conditions of Covid-19 spread in Latvia there might be a need to switch to remote learning, but it is planned to ensure onsite learning for as long as possible. 

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