School testing to resume next week in Latvia

Starting Monday November 8, the Covid-19 testing for pupils in years 4-12 will resume, according to information published on the website of the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) November 5.

It is planned that on Monday, November 15, students from years 4-12 will return to schools from remote learning this week. In order to make the return safe, routine testing of pupils will start before the re-introduction of onsite learning.

The routine testing will take place using the 'chewing' method, as it was before. Testing shall not be organized for people who hold a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery. In cases where a child is unable to come to school for the collective testing, an individual laboratory test shall also be valid.

IZM stressed that testing should be carried out under epidemiologically safe conditions. Pupils should be invited to conduct the test individually outside the school premises or entering a classroom one by one, providing that pupils do not gather in classrooms, shared spaces and hallways.

School routine screening will continue to take place routinely as the educational process begins. Rapid antigen tests will be carried out, and in case of a positive test, a laboratory test will be required. Schools will receive detailed action plan in the case of positive tests. 

IZM invited pupils to familiarize themselves with the antigen testing procedures on the BIOR YouTube channel's educational video.


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