President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that the new pre-university school year will start on September 14, with most students attending in-person classes, and that three scenarios have been devised on how courses will be organised.
“The new pre-university school year begins on September 14. For most students, this means that they will attend classes in person. Depending on the number of sick persons in each locality, three scenarios have been developed that take into account the impact of the pandemic in each school, in each particular locality. These criteria have a broader scope, they apply not only for schools, but they will also be used to assess the impact of the pandemic on schools. These three scenarios are: the ‘green’ scenario, which means that in the respective locality, less than one person has been found on average in the last 14 days with COVID-19; the second, ‘yellow’ scenario – between one and three infected persons have been detected on average in the last 14 days; the third scenario – more than three new illness cases have appeared in the respective locality on average over the last 14 days,” the head of the state told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.
The President said the decisions taken today will be detailed in the coming weeks, pointing out that the functioning of each particular school will be decided at local level.
Start of school year to be postponed if there are many cases of COVID-19
President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that if there are many cases of COVID-19 around September 14, the start of the school year will be postponed.
“Unfortunately, we know very well what happened. In Parliament, PSD [the Social Democratic Party] took its time and created a legislative vacuum on the quarantine law, weeks in which thousands of sick people simply left the hospital, went home, went into the community and the disease has spread. Now we need to get back to normal as soon as possible. No one knows how the pandemic will evolve. We are now taking into consideration a scenario in which things will not be considerably worse than they are now and school starts on September 14. If, however, we happen to have a lot of infection cases when school should start, we will obviously postpone the start of the school year, but only when the Health Ministry’s experts tell us that ‘now it is not possible’ or ‘now it is possible’,” the head of state told a press conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
He specified the decision will be made around September 14. “Until then, we will see each other quite a lot and I will communicate publicly, each time, what the real chances for the school to be postponed are. For now, the scenario we are considering is that school starts on September 14,” President Iohannis said, according to Agerpres.