Schools might open physically for students at a 60pc vaccination rate among teaching staff

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The Minister of Education, Sorin Cîmpeanu, announced that schools might open for students on Monday, November 8 (with physical presence) in those units where the there is a 60% vaccination rate among the teaching staff.

According to the discussions so far, a vaccination threshold of 60% is outlined among the school staff, in order to function with the physical presence. The final decision will be announced tomorrow, at 10.00, at Education Ministry’s HQs”, the minister announced this evening.

Cimpeanu mentioned to HotNews.ro that 54% of schools and kindergartens had over 60% the vaccination rate on Friday.

The Education minister’s statement comes after President Klaus Iohannis announced that “a new condition will be introduced so that schools can operate with a physical presence, namely the vaccination rate among the school staff.

Minister Cimpeanu told Hotnews last week that 70% of the teaching staff is currently vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a TV show last evening, minister Cimpeanu detailed on the conditions of resuming physical classes, saying that all students and staff in schools and kindergartens will be tested for COVID twice a week.

COVID saliva tests, non-invasive, will arrive in schools starting next week. They will be used both for testing students and preschoolers, as well as for employees in schools and kindergartens, announced the Minister of Education, Sorin Cîmpeanu.

As for the winter holiday, it will be shorter for middle school and high school students, who will return to classes on January 3, 2022. Primary school students will return from vacation on January 10, 2022, according to the Minister of Education’s statement. Sorin Cîmpeanu said that he received requests to keep the data for the National Assessment and Baccalaureate, but also the number of course weeks for all students.

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