On Wednesday, November 17, nearly 4,000 institutions were forced to conduct remote classes for at least some students and pupils. This school year has never seen so many schools and kindergartens have had problems related to the coronavirus. But remote classes nationwide are still not considered.
Both schools and kindergartens have been operating stationary from September 1. However, remote or mixed education, also known as hybrid, takes place where there is a disease among students or teachers. The final decision to transfer some or all students to remote lessons is made by the Department of Health and Safety at the request of the body running the facility.
More and more trouble
For several weeks, the Ministry of Education has been publishing daily data on the number of institutions that have been forced to do so. On Wednesday, November 17, their number was record-breaking, according to data from the Ministry of Education. 50 kindergartens, 82 elementary schools and 59 secondary schools worked completely remotely. There were 468 kindergartens, 2,214 primary schools and 1,098 secondary schools in the mixed system. The worst thing was in primary school – 16 percent of them already had remote lessons for some or all students on Wednesday.
In total, there are already 3,971 facilities that cannot conduct fully normal activities due to the coronavirus. This is over 900 more than the day before and the highest number since the beginning of the year. Until now, most schools and kindergartens conducted at least partially remote classes on November 5 – then it was 3,401 centers.
“We will not close schools”
The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday 24,239 new cases of coronavirus in Poland. Another 463 patients have died from COVID-19. This is the record for the fourth wave, with the highest daily number of infections until mid-April and the highest number of deaths since May.
Among the main foci of infection during the so-called in the fourth wave, the ministry of health mentions, inter alia, hospitals, workplaces and schools. – But no, we will not close the schools – said spokesman for the Ministry Wojciech Andrusiewicz on Wednesday. And he added: – We have to take on the risk of infections that occurs in schools. Teachers also take this risk, so it is important that teachers get vaccinated.
The spokesman also emphasized at the conference: – At the moment, the closure of schools and the development of all mental ailments in terms of the social behavior of our children is a greater risk for us than the mere infection among children with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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