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'Safe school' municipality number keeps dropping

Starting next week, 29 municipalities may open schools for pupils in grades 1-6 and 12, according to Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) April 28.

Last week, the figure was 44 and the week before that it was 55, so the number of municipalities with low rates of morbidity has worryingly declined by nearly half in two weeks.

From Wednesday, May 5 (after the national holidays), 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.

The municipalities where onsite learning may take place next week are:

  1. Aizpute municipality
  2. Alsunga municipality
  3. Ape municipality
  4. Baltinava municipality
  5. Dundaga municipality
  6. Ilūkste municipality
  7. Jaunpiebalga municipality
  8. Jēkabpils city
  9. Kandava municipality
  10. Kocēni municipality
  11. Krustpils municipality
  12. Līgatne municipality
  13. Līvāni municipality
  14. Mazsalaca municipality
  15. Naukšēni municipality
  16. Nereta municipality
  17. Nīca municipality
  18. Pārgauja municipality
  19. Priekule municipality
  20. Roja municipality
  21. Rucava municipality
  22. Strenči municipality
  23. Vaiņode municipality
  24. Valka municipality
  25. Varakļāni municipality
  26. Vārkava municipality
  27. Ventspils city
  28. Ventspils municipality
  29. Viesīte municipality

Individual face-to-face consultations shall 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 organized 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 is also  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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