Pupils are to resume classes on November 8, interim Education Minister, Sorin Cimpeanu, announced, on Monday, in a press statement.
“School starts on November 8. (…) We will have consultations with the health authorities and on Friday we will see how schools will be opened on November 8, starting from the basic assumption of physical presence,” said Sorin Cimpeanu.
Saliva-based tests to be available in schools starting next week
The Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, announced that the saliva-based tests will be available in schools next week.
“The procurement procedure is being finalized, and next week we received guarantees that they will be delivered to schools, through the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), based on the distribution according to the number of beneficiaries, distribution that the Ministry of Education sent to DSU,” Sorin Cimpeanu said on Monday in a press statement.
According to him, the calculation of the number of doses that were the subject of the procurement procedure was made by DSU for a twice-weekly test of all pupils, preschoolers and educational staff, whether or not they are vaccinated against COVID-19.
He mentioned that the county school inspectorates in Romania made public on Monday the vaccination rate against COVID-19 at their level.
The minister reported that, according to the latest data, 303,000 pupils are vaccinated against COVID-19 (80,000 aged between 12 and 15 and 223,000 – over 16).
“This means more than 25pct of the number of pupils eligible for vaccination over the age of 12. It is an important step forward, even if it is smaller than we all want, but it is an element that contributes to health security in schools,” added Sorin Cimpeanu, according to Agerpres.