The opening of the school year with in-person instruction will take place on September 13 for all students, and parents may agree or oppose their children over 12 being vaccinated by filling in some forms, Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu (photo) said Tuesday.
“The opening ceremony will have a limited time of an hour and a half, and wearing the protective mask is mandatory (…) We agreed with certainty that the schools will remain open until the 14-day cumulative rate of COVID-19 cases gets at 6 per 1,000 population. I am talking particularly to the school inspectors general who are present in this videoconference together with the prefects from each county in order to pay the highest attention to the observance of the COVID-19 health protection measures. We have a list of designated persons in each school (…) in order to facilitate getting connected with parents before the beginning of the school year, the connection for interactive meetings between parents and the officials of public health departments,” Cimpeanu told a video conference with prefects on Tuesday.
He explained that the meetings are meant to provide answers to parents regarding the vaccination of children, so that parents can express themselves “knowingly in the forms that will be sent to them for the vaccination agreement of students over 12 years old.”
“They will be asked whether or not they are recovered COVID-19 patients, whether or not they got vaccinated, and the next section will be yes or no – parental consent for vaccination. It is an approach we take in all schools in Romania and we hope to have a result that shows responsibility on the part of parents who want safety in schools. The approach will be initiated on the first day of school. Until then, we will have preparatory actions at the level of each school,” said the minister, according to Agerpres.
PM Citu on the school year: utmost priorities are the safety of children and the unfolding of classes with physical presence
On the other hand, the Prime Minister Florin Citu on Tuesday told prefects to prepare for the start of the school year, stating that the utmost priorities are the safety of children and the unfolding of classes, in pandemic conditions, with physical presence.
“As far as the school year is concerned, it is clear that we need a check on all the buildings in which schools operate, where this has not yet been done. So that is the priority zero. I want to eliminate those dangers from the start, where there are problems, to know exactly where the problem schools are and to see how we can solve the situation. We would like to eliminate this year, as much as possible, those dysfunctions that we see at the beginning of each school year. That is why we are now preparing for the beginning of the school year. On the one hand, it is true that we are still in a pandemic, and we must take this into account. (…) I want school to start with physical presence and stay that way, so we must take all measures, respect all the rules we have for protection against COVID. So for the beginning of the school year the utmost priorities are: children’s safety and of course for the school year to remain with physical presence under pandemic conditions,” Citu said on Tuesday at the videoconference with the prefects.