President Klaus Iohannis announced on Tuesday that in-person learning will resume on February 8 for most children.
“We unanimously decided the following: starting Monday, when the second semester begins, most children shall go to school physically. However, we must also observe the specifics of each locality, take into account developments in each locality, and very strict measures must be taken for each school, because we want the education process to be safe for both children and teachers,” the head of the state said at the Cotroceni Palace after an assessment meeting of the epidemiological situation with Prime Minister Florin Citu, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu, Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu, head of the Emergency Management Department Raed Arafat, and the director of the Public Health National Institute’s Center for Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases, doctor Adriana Pistol.
“In localities with a higher infection incidence, in quarantined localities everyone stays at home, of course. In short, kindergartens and grades 1 – 4 will operate in person everywhere, less the quarantined localities; where there are just a few COVID-19 cases, all the children go to school, where there are somewhat more cases, only the little ones and 8th and 12th graders attend classes in person, and where the caseload is higher, before the locality is quarantined, only the little ones, kindergartners and primary schoolers attend physically, the rest do online learning,” Iohannis explained.
He said that the details regarding the reopening of schools will be clarified in a joint order of the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Education, showing also that the working meeting had looked at the pandemic context and found that the infection trend is downwards.
“We are not yet out of the pandemic, we further need to be responsible, to wear masks, observe the measures that are in force, but we can see that in recent weeks the incidence of the disease has decreased a bit, we have fewer people put into intensive care, less people are being admitted to hospital every day. As the experts say: the trend is downward. On the other hand, we are not alone in Europe and we looked around to see what others are doing in this context. We can see that the vast majority of EU countries are opening schools. In most countries schools are already open or will gradually open in the coming weeks. The states that are not opening schools now are very few, it’s just three of them,” Iohannis said, according to Agerpres.