Seven Latvian schools have had COVID-19 so far

Tens of pupils and teachers in several of Latvia's schools are currently working remotely after contact with COVID-19 has been confirmed, said Latvian Radio September 23.

Last week, COVID-19 was found in a Rīga Secondary School No. 46 fourth-grader, whose father had returned from abroad. Principal Boriss Antonovs said: "When we found out, immediately next day classes took place remotely. Pupils and three teachers who had been in contact with this class will be in self-isolation for two weeks." 

Pupils may return to school with a doctor's notice, but teachers - after two weeks and a negative COVID-19 test.  

The principal said that this pupil had had symptoms but came to school anyway. He asked parents to be responsible and not let children attend school in  these situations. Rīga Classical Gymnasium principal Romans Alijevs also emphasized individual responsibility - in this school, a teacher was tested COVID-19 positive, resulting in six classes being in self-isolation.

Rīga Secondary School No.10, where COVID-19 had also been contracted, vice-principal Ilga Rozamasceva said: "We did not expect this, we hoped to learn normally much longer. So it happens,  can't blame the family or the  pupil. Our school is very ready for remote learning."

All school representatives said that they would not set stricter rules because a lot has been done already. Individual responsibility is the most important right now.

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