Schools might have to go fully remote in Latvia

If COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in educational establishments it will be necessary for all pupils to learn remotely, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Television October 26.

Following the autumn holiday last week, only pupils from grades 1 to 6 resumed on-site learning, while older pupils are learning remotely. But if the spread continues at a high rate, junior pupils will also have to continue learning remotely.

Viņķele called on parents to be responsible and not to let children go to school if they have symptoms of illness.

Viņķele also said that the government's decisions on tighter restrictions were still firmly based on the advice of epidemiologists. The effectiveness of previous restrictions was judged by experts as insufficient, as COVID-19 continued to spread rapidly, so the government decided on tighter assembly restrictions and more widespread use of masks.

 

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