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Some schools might open regionally next week in Latvia

The Cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday, February 16, conceptually agreed on a 'region principle' regarding education.

In the regions and municipalities where the Covid-19 incidence is lower, pupils might return to school, starting with younger pupils from grades 1-4. 

Starting Monday, February 22, pupils from grades 1-4 in municipalities with a low Covid-19 rate will be allowed to return to school.

Currently, there are 19 municipalities where the Covid-19 cumulative incidence rate is lower than 200 per 100 000 inhabitants, which is regarded by Health Ministry as a safe enough threshold to begin learning onsite.

Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska  wanted to extend this to municipalities where the cumulative rate is not higher than 400. Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts did not agree to this. Government conceptually agreed to set the threshold at 200, which is indicated on the 'traffic lights' scheme as the 'red' zone. 

It is currently agreed that in municipalities where the cumulative incidence rate  is below 200, pupils from grades 1-4 will return to school starting February 8. On the other hand, older pupils could return to school in these municipalities starting March 8.

The government still  has to definitely decide on these indications and municipalities until Thursday, February 18.

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