The new school year 2021 – 2022 begins on Monday, with physical attendance in most schools in Romania, but with health protection measures in the context of the increasing number of daily infections with SARS- CoV-2.
For the approximately 2,900,000 pupils and preschoolers, the courses of the school year 2021 – 2022 will run for 34 weeks, starting September 13.
The first semester will have 14 weeks (from September 13 to December 22, 2021), and the second semester will have 20 weeks (from January 10 to June 10, 2022).
From October 25 to 31, pupils in primary education and children in preschool system are on vacation.
The winter break is scheduled for December 23, 2021 – January 9, 2022.
In the second semester, the spring break will be between April 15 and May 1.
The national programme “School differently” will take place between April 8 and 14, 2022.
7,000 pupils out of the 3 million will start school year online
The Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, announced that 7,000 students out of the total of almost 3 million will have to study online next week, mentioning that they come from educational institutions where there are problems with the infrastructure, or are located in localities where the rate of 6 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection per thousand inhabitants was exceeded.
He said that there are eight schools in Bucharest that will study online.
“There are 2,000 pupils in the country, 2,723 in Bucharest, 2,400 in the 6 counties where the infection rate of 6 per thousand has been exceeded, so 7,000 pupils out of the total of almost 3 million students will have to learn online next week,” he said, on Sunday, after the videoconference with the Prime Minister Florin Citu, prefects and the DSPs (Public Health Directorates) representatives on the topic of the beginning of the school year.
The Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, told AGERPRES on Friday that the new school year will start on Monday from the premise that it is imperative to keep the schools open and to have face to face courses as much as possible.
“As a minister, I will do everything in my power for the students to go to school physically in the best possible conditions. We are starting the new school year from the premise that it is imperative to keep schools open, to hold courses face to face as much as possible. We must move towards normality in which students benefit from fair teaching activities, in which differences in access are kept to a minimum. Students will be present in schools, as they are used, and we know now that it is beneficial for them to have courses face to face, both in terms of the coherent development of skills and their psycho-emotional health, and only in exceptional situations, when their health or that of those around them is in danger, will they stay home, for online learning,” said the minister.
In his opinion, it is essential that students are provided with a “safe framework” with protection measures so that the transmission of the novel coronavirus is kept to a minimum.
“It is also essential to keep in mind that we need to provide these children with a safe environment and that certain protection measures need to be continued so that transmission is as low as possible,” the education minister said.
PM Citu: I want to have face to face courses all school year; children safety remain most important
Prime Minister Florin Citu on Sunday said, during a videoconference with the prefects and the DSPs (Public Health Directorates) representatives, that he wants face to face physical presence in schools this year, and that the safety of the children must remain the most important, mentioning that the established rules are necessary.
“The school year starts tomorrow and I want to make sure that tomorrow’s festivities take place in the best conditions, in observance of the order of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, the common order that regulates the way these festivities take place. At the same time, it is important (…) that we start the school year with physical presence and it is very important that we take care of the safety of children first of all”, said Citu, at the Victoria Palace.
He said that there are some exceptions from the beginning of the school year with physical presence, mentioning 11 localities: 5 in Satu Mare, 2 in Arad, one in Salaj, one Dolj and one in Teleorman.
“There are 2,400 students who will, unfortunately, have to start the school online, but for the rest, we will see each other tomorrow in the school yard. The safety of children remains the most important, every day, I want to have a physical presence this year and that is why we must make sure that the rules we have established are followed every day,” he added.
Citu said masks must reach schools. “We have enough masks at the moment. If necessary, we will supplement,” the PM added, according to Agepres.