Covid-19, Education and Science, Latvia

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Latvia: Initially distance learning could be held for grades 7-12 for a week

BC, Riga , 13.10.2020.Print version
After school holidays, distance learning could be held for grades 7-12 for a week, said Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party) in an interview with the Latvian public television today, LETA informed.

"Then we see how the situation develops, what the data are and what to do next," the minister said,

Jurijs Perevoscikovs, the director of the Disease Risk Analysis and Prevention Department at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), said that epidemiologists support such a measure. He said that already the one week of school holidays will help to curb local transmission of the virus, and another week of distance learning for elder pupils will ensure additional contribution. "The virus can be curbed at schools at least for a while, and the on-site learning process can be continued," he said.

At the same time, Suplinska said that the government today might discuss restrictions on extracurricular activities from October 16 until November 6. This will not refer to professional sports and international competitions. There will be no restrictions for individual training and outdoor training.

Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has called the Crisis Management Council meeting today in relation to a steep rise in Covid-19 incidence in Latvia.

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