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Returning students to school. Marzena Machałek, Deputy Minister of Education, about red and yellow zones and possible distance learning

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I would easily send my children and grandchildren to school. Contact with peers and teachers is very important, very necessary, necessary – said Deputy Minister of Education Marzena Machałek in “One for One” on TVN24. She also argued, referring to the organization of education in Zakopane, that “the red and yellow zones do not determine the risk of coronavirus at school”.

Schools are to resume full-time teaching on September 1. The authorities of Zakopane, which is located in the red zone, have decided that students will resume full-time education in municipal schools from September 28, and until then they will learn remotely. Sanepid agreed to this, but later changed its decision in this matter. The mayor of Zakopane said that “he has to adapt to his new position” and that the classes will start on September 1.

Read more: Mayor of Zakopane: Sanepid changed his opinion, we have to adapt >>>

Machałek: the red and yellow zones do not determine the risk of coronavirus at school

On Friday, on TVN24, Deputy Minister of Education Marzena Machałek was asked about the matter of Zakopane. In her opinion, “the red and yellow zones do not determine the risk of coronavirus at school”.

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– Because the COVID-19 and coronavirus outbreak can be, for example, one workplace. If it turns out that in this workplace there are parents of children who study at school, it is absolutely an indication to consider partial or complete distance learning – said Machałek.

She also assured that “if there is any hill, the smallest reef to cross, there will be a poviat sanitary inspector, teacher, director, who will be supported”.

“I would calmly send my children and grandchildren to school”

The deputy head of the Ministry of National Education said that she would “calmly send her children and grandchildren to school, taking into account the standards, restrictions and guidelines”.

– As the deputy minister of education, I am glad that schools will be open, that children will eventually return to schools, they will have contact with their peers and teachers. It is very important, very necessary, necessary – she emphasized. She stated that “children develop best at school, among peers, with teachers”.

Machałek noted that studying in the stationary mode will not look the same as before. – It is a bit different – there are restrictions and guidelines. There are several dozen of them, they are very detailed. Each headmaster got them and prepared his school based on that – she said.



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