In fear of a pandemic, they train remote lessons. They do proms in October
Photo: High School No. 2 in Gorzów Wlkp.
In Gorzów, they organized a two-hundred-day prom in October instead of a prom in January, because “it is not known what will happen next”. For the same reason, some schools “train remote lessons” even if no one has become ill yet. – We are afraid – I hear from students, parents and teachers. But the minister of health assured that a complete re-closing of schools is out of the question.
– At my son’s school, they started testing the remote education platform on a trial basis. Is it already? Will they lock us up soon? Principals know something we parents don’t? – asks Krystyna, mother of an eighth grader from Warsaw.
They don’t know. At best, they are constantly watching the official pandemic data. And these are, at least for some of them, disturbing.
1563 – this is the number of institutions which did not teach normally on Friday, October 22nd. So roughly one in 33. Either they had to go all remotely, or they sent some of the classes home and worked in a so-called mixed system, also known as hybrid.
So many schools and kindergartens with COVID-19 problems have not been there since the beginning of this school year. Within a week their number doubled. And even in the government, hopes it will start falling soon are slim. The number of cases in Poland is constantly growing and there is no reason to believe that the virus will bypass educational institutions.
– So far we have single cases of distance learning and you can see that they use common sense in schools – Deputy Minister Tomasz Rzymkowski told us at the end of September. And he added: – When we get to All Saints, it will be fine later.
At that time, about 300 schools and kindergartens worked in a mode other than full-time.
– We got there, and what? – I ask the deputy minister.
“We’re going on,” he assures.
The only question is “how” we go. Let’s check.
It’s not great, but it’s not tragic
Deputy Minister Rzymkowski is an optimist. – Maybe it is not the best, but it is definitely not tragic – he reserves. And opens a file with data on educational institutions.
– Yes, the number of schools that do not work normally is constantly growing, but please note that these are mainly mixed-mode schools – she says. And he explains immediately: – The situation in such institutions is different. One sick student and his class on a remote one are enough for us to talk about a mixed mode, and yet in such a school the vast majority of children study normally.
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