As informed by the Minister of Education and Science, Przemysław Czarnek, on Wednesday the headmaster, together with the sanitary services, decided to send one class for distance learning. The students were divided into vaccinated and unvaccinated against COVID-19. – We do not allow the division of children into vaccinated and unvaccinated, especially for organizational reasons – he added.
On Thursday, Minister Czarnek spoke at a press conference. He talked about it, among other things, about actions in the event of a coronavirus infection at school.
Czarnek: remote teaching was introduced for single classes
– There are incidentally, as it was predictable, I repeat incidentally, situations in which there is a coronavirus infection at school. And then the school principal, together with the sanitary services, in consultation (…) makes a decision about distance learning for part of the school or for the entire facility – said the head of MEiN at a press conference.
He stressed that these are incidental situations. He stated that, for example, in the Lubelskie Voivodeship, remote teaching was introduced in 8 schools out of 2,000 institutions in the region. He added that this does not apply to entire schools, but to individual classes.
Czarnek assured that the Ministry of Education monitors the situation throughout the country, data on institutions introducing remote learning are collected from probation officers from all voivodeships. – They do not differ in voivodships. We can safely say that 99 percent of the schools are normally stationary. (There is – ed.) Less than one percent, or less than one percent, where something is happening – he noted.
Czarnek: we do not allow dividing children into vaccinated and unvaccinated
The minister of education also announced that on Wednesday, the headmaster and sanitary services in one of the schools decided to send one class to distance learning, and it was done in such a way that students were divided into vaccinated and unvaccinated against COVID-19.
– We do not allow the division of children into vaccinated and unvaccinated, especially for organizational reasons. It is very difficult to organize activities in such a way that some children are in class and some are at home, ‘he said.
– So if there is a situation that it is necessary, due to an infectious outbreak, to send children to distance learning, then we send the whole class for a few or several days, without dividing them into vaccinated and unvaccinated. Today, such a message was sent to the curators once again, and the curators pass it on to individual schools – he pointed out. – There is no distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. I do not allow it – emphasized Czarnek.
Minister on vaccinations in schools
He recalled that this week declarations are being collected from parents who want their children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of vaccination campaigns organized in schools.
– On Monday we will have information on how many of these declarations have been collected throughout Poland and in the next week of September we will have vaccination campaigns in schools – Czarnek said. He reminded that vaccination points in schools will be organized in those institutions where parents and school principals will decide about it.
A spokeswoman for MEiN, Anna Ostrowska, said that from next week the ministry will provide information on the epidemic situation in schools, how many schools provide full-time education, how many in a remote mode, and how many in a hybrid mode.
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