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New school year starts under very special conditions

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The new school year started this Monday under very special conditions for roughly 2.8 million preschoolers and pupils, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 100,00 in over 260 schools and kindergartens will start school in the red scenario, meaning exclusively online, while other 5,000 pupils will got to school on a rotational basis: physical and online classes.

Pupils in the primary school are compelled to wear face masks while at school, and the same rule applies to the teachers as well.

Schools in Romania have been closed since March 11.

According to the latest announcement made by the Education minister Monica Anisie:

  • 12,423 schools start in the green scenario (all pupils to school)

  • 4,915 schools in the yellow scenario (physical/online attendance)

  • 262 schools in the red scenario (exclusively online)

The minister said that around 100,000 pupils are currently in the red scenario, meaning exclusively online. The Government has not managed to concluded the public tender to buy those 250,000 tablets promised to the pupils, but minister Anisie said on Sunday evening that 87.7% of children have tablets and laptops, some of their own, and in other cases these devices are received from the local authorities or county school inspectorates.

There are 11 counties in Romania where no school is under the red scenario: Harghita, Cara?-Severin, Hunedoara, Ialomi?a, Bihor, Vâlcea, Tulcea, Boto?ani, Bistri?a-N?s?ud, Covasna and Vaslui. So, school starts here in the green or yellow scenario.

The Government has not managed to concluded the public tender to buy those 250,000 tablets promised to the pupils, but minister Anisie said on Sunday evening that 87.7% of children have tablets and laptops, some of their own, and in other cases these devices are received from the local authorities or county school inspectorates.

 

In Bucharest, 607 schools are under the yellow scenario, and other 29 in the red one. The situation has been revised on Sunday evening, when 8 schools initially under the yellow scenario moved to the red one, while 5 such units left the red scenario and joined the yellow one.

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