The Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate have prepared general principles of education in primary and secondary schools, effective from September 1. In turn, the Warsaw City Hall asks the Ministry of Health about the organization of vaccinations for students.
The capital city hall informed that the general recommendations for the organization of classes in primary and secondary schools include information on disinfection, distance, hygiene rules, airing rooms, maintaining social distance and the use of protective masks. On the other hand, governmental guidelines concern the organization of classes, cleaning and disinfection of rooms and surfaces, rules of nutrition in schools, and procedures in the event of suspected infection in employees.
– In the developed recommendations, attention was paid to the issue of safety in the organization of classes in schools, as well as the concern for the mental health of students. In Warsaw, on the other hand, last school term, when the children returned to full-time education, we prepared a guide “We’re going back to school!” For the principals of Warsaw schools. The publication contains recommendations on how to organize activities for students after a period of long-term isolation and distance learning, lesson scenarios and, among others, offer of psychological support – said Renata Kaznowska, vice-president of Warsaw, quoted in the communiqué of the town hall.
As Vice-President Kaznowska added, in the guidelines prepared by the ministries of health and education and GIS there is also a recommendation for school employees and students in specific age groups regarding vaccination against COVID-19.
Vaccinations in schools
According to earlier information, the Ministry of Education has announced that an information week on vaccinations will be held in schools at the beginning of September. Lessons on health and meetings with parents are planned. In the second week of September, parents’ declarations will be collected and forms with consent will be filled in, so that in the third week of September, vaccinations of students will start. – We have already asked the Ministry of Health twice to clarify several issues that are key to the process of vaccinating students. Our questions concern, among others is the presence of a parent or legal guardian required on the premises of schools for the vaccination of adolescents aged 12-16 years – reported Renata Kaznowska. – Who and how will notify pupils for vaccinations? Are educational institutions supposed to mediate in collecting statements regarding the consent to vaccinate children in schools? We have more similar questions and we are waiting for detailed guidelines to carry out the entire process correctly and professionally – she added.
As the city hall informs, about 60 thousand people have been vaccinated in Warsaw so far. with 120 thousand eligible for vaccinations, with less than a month remaining until the start of the school year.
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