School boards will send on September 10 the scenario they have elected to start the school year, Health Minister Nelu Tataru said on Tuesday.
“On September 7, the National Institute of Public Health will unveil to the state institutions the epidemiological assessment for each territorial administrative unit. There are currently 3,181 territorial administrative units, each of them will receive an assessment base on which to start the school year, depending on the scenarios for each school. On September 10, the school boards will present to the emergency management committees, the public health directorates and school inspectorates the scenario they have elected to start the school year. The assessments are conducted by the public health directorates and county school inspectorates, under the coordination of the county emergency management boards. The so-called freedom granted to the school under the coordination of public health directorates, county school inspectorates and county emergency management boards is decentralisation because we want each school unit to start this school year particularly, and the scenarios we unveiled two weeks ago should be adapted, customised for each school unit,” Tataru told a news briefing on the start of the new school year.
Schools in Romania to close, if three cases of COVID-19 infection detected in different classrooms
Health Minister Nelu Tataru told a news briefing on Tuesday that a school will close if there are three cases of COVID-19 infection in different classrooms.
“When there are three cases in three different classrooms, that school closes and its children and teachers go into isolation for two weeks; epidemiological investigations will find those who were direct contacts, who will subject to an epidemiological investigation if they test positive,” said Tataru.
He added that sick children should be kept at home and parents contact the family physician and notify the school.
“The parent who has a sick child at home will keep him or her at home, contact the family physician, notifying the school that the child is ill and taking action accordingly together with the family physician, who will say whether it is a treatment that can be followed at home or if it is part of a case definition that requires additional assessments are needed, as well as to an epidemiological investigation,” Tataru explained.
Anisie: Methodological guides for organization, holding of activities in education units, drawn up
Minister of Education and Research Monica Anisie told a Tuesday’s press conference that the methodological guides for the organization and holding of activities within the educational units were drawn up.
According to the minister, such guides have been developed at each level – preschool, primary, secondary and high school.
According to her, the “methodological landmarks” for the beginning of the school year were made within the Ministry of Education.
“These methodological guidelines support teachers. This way, teachers will be able to reduce the gaps in teaching manner during the suspension of courses. Therefore, they can make an analysis of what they had in the calendar planning made before the suspension of courses, what was taught during the suspension of the courses and what the pupil remembered during the period when the education moved to the online space,” Anisie also said.
The minister said that all the methodologies for the national exams organized in the 2020-2021 school year were developed.
Monica Anisie said that films were made for the project that the Ministry of Education has in partnership with the Romanian Television – “Telescoala” (Teleschool).
She announced the opening, starting with Tuesday, of an information portal, entitled educatiacontinua.edu.ro, where all those interested will find the necessary information regarding the school year.
New school year guide: Students from different classes do not intersect in breaks
The breaks between classes at the schools will be 5 minutes only for the change of classes by the teachers, and the classes will be 55 minutes, states the Guide for secondary and high school education published on the educatiacontinua.edu.ro website.
According to the document, within 55 minutes, each class, according to an organization on every floor (the area served by a toilet), will have a break of 10-15 minutes.
At the same time, the teaching and non-teaching staff will supervise the movement of pupils and teachers in order to respect physical distance and all measures, so that there is no closeness between pupils from different classes, i.e. teachers and pupils outside the classrooms.
In the joint breaks, of 5 minutes, only the movement of teachers in the hallways, from one class to another, is allowed, while the students remain in their own classrooms.
In case offices or laboratories are used, the 5-minute common breaks are intended for disinfection for the new classes/groups that will use them.
Maximum two students in boarding school dorms
A maximum of two students shall be assigned to a boarding school dorm in the case of vocational pre-university educational units, according to the Guide on the reopening of vocational pre-university educational units published on the educatiacontinua.edu.ro platform.
Pedagogy 9th and 10th grade students will have their pedagogical practice organised in an integrated system consisting 50 percent of the analysis and application of pedagogical theory elements and 50 percent of peer-learning.
Pedagogical practice for the 11th and 12th grade will be organised in an integrated system consisting 50 percent of peer-teaching and 50 percent of test lessons held both in the classroom and outdoors.
Regarding theological education, the specialist teachers who do not have the necessary IT skills will be offered computer training by an IT expert or a teacher designated by the educational unit and/or via online courses focused on the acquisition of the necessary skills.
Also, each theological education unit is required to have a specific digital platform.
Up to 6 hours/day for preschoolers/pupils with intellectual disabilities in special education
The establishment of a maximum program of six hours a day for preschoolers / pupils with intellectual disabilities in special education, by reducing the duration of didactic-therapeutic activities or identifying new options of reorganization or alternation of activities, is provided for in the Guide for carrying out educational and therapeutic-recovery activities in special needs and inclusive education, a document published on the educatiacontinua.edu.ro platform.
The document also refers to the creation of an educational platform dedicated to online learning activities easily accessible to students with intellectual disabilities, but also to the correlation of the duration of online activities with the psycho-individual peculiarities of students with disabilities (for students with severe, profound and associated disabilities – an interval of 15-20 minutes/activity, and for students with moderate or mild disabilities – the allocation of an interval of 20-30 minutes/activity).
At the same time, the guide stipulates the establishment and observance of a program/schedule for the activities carried out in the online system, so as to avoid overloading the preschoolers / pupils with learning tasks, either by the parents / guardians or by the teachers under the online learning conditions.