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The Covid-19 tests for school screening will be carried out every two weeks

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In order to address problems with laboratory capacity, the Covid-19 tests for routine school screening will be carried out once every two weeks. Experts have indicated that of all tested pupils, only 0.18% were Covid-positive last week, which is a small enough proportion to switch to testing once every 14 days instead of once a week. By October 1, a new testing method will also gradually be introduced, which will allow…

Chewing tests planned for school screening

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The saliva tests currently used in the testing of pupils Covid-19 are planned to be gradually replaced by chewing tests, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a press briefing September 13. ‘Chewing stick’ tests are currently being tested in a pilot project. “We plan to introduce this chewing stick method as much as possible. At the moment, several laboratories are working on introducing this method on a larger scale,” said the Minister…

Rīga: 80% of teachers have been vaccinated

Sunday, August 29, 2021

According to Rīga Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis, until now, 18 Rīga municipal educational institutions have confirmed that at least 80% of teachers have been vaccinated. The mayor is convinced that by mid-September there will be more of these schools. “Overall, all 277 Riga municipal education institutions are prepared for new challenges, I would rather say so. We are prepared to provide a high-quality and reliable learning process onsite. There have been no…

Extensive testing of pupils and school staff begins

Monday, August 23, 2021

As of August 23, the most extensive Covid-19 testing in Latvia so far will be launched in primary, secondary, and vocational education institutions, Education Ministry said in a statement . In order for the school year to begin, it is necessary to test all pupils and staff who are not vaccinated or overcome Covid-19.  It is planned to test around 200 thousand people this week, which is a challenge for…

Ministry of Education and Science to decide on school safety rules

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

On Tuesday, August 17, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) will offer an algorithm which will outline the way in which all schools in Latvia will be able to resume on-site learning as of September 1. This includes regular testing of non-vaccinated pupils, as well as wearing face masks, according to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) at a press briefing Monday, but the rules will be further clarified by the…

31 municipalities on the ‘safe school’ list

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Starting next week, 31 municipalities may open schools for pupils in grades 1-6 and 12, according to Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) May 5. Last week, the figure was 29, so the number has increased slightly, but compared to two and three weeks ago, it is still low. From Monday, May 10, in municipalities where the two-week morbidity rate per 100,000 people does not exceed 200, on-site education can be organized…

Latvian project motivates kids to stay in school

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The “Support to reduce Early School Leaving” project is helping Latvian students under 12 to stay in school. The project promotes a collaborative network of municipalities, schools, teachers, education staff and parents to help students continue their education. It also provides temporary financial aid to disadvantaged families – including the reimbursement of the cost of transportation to school, meals and financial support relating housing. The project has also assisted in…

All state-paid school computers delivered to municipalities in Latvia

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Before Christmas, all promised 6200 portable computers for schools have been delivered to Latvian municipalities, the Ministry of Education and Science said December 22. After the winter holiday, more than 400 pupils and educators will be able to use the new computers in both remote and onsite learning. The  first 1525 computers   went to many municipalities at the beginning of December, and they could be used by the schools…

School year in Lithuania to begin on time and in classrooms

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Lithuanian school students will start the academic year on September 1 and in classrooms rather than online, the education minister has announced. “If anyone is asking if they should buy a new school uniform or iron out the old one, the answer is yes. The school year will start as usual in classrooms,” Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius told reporters on Thursday. All secondary schools and vocational training institutions will start…

Teachers left confused by lifting of school restrictions

Monday, April 13, 2020

Teachers have expressed confusion over the government’s plan to reintroduce school classes in May and believe this will increase their workload as they will be expected to teach both in the classroom and online. Last week, the government endorsed plans to allow some children to go back to school on May 15 in small groups and sticking to social distancing rules. Teachers are now questioning how this plan will work in…