Some educational institutions exaggerate with Covid-19 containment measures – in Latvia – News

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The Ministry of Education calls on educational institutions to evaluate the procedures in place to prevent the introduction of excessive requirements that impose an unreasonable burden on parents.

According to the Ministry of Education, in order to implement sufficiently effective measures to control Covid-19, the educational institution must cooperate with parents and learners, including the responsibility of parents to monitor children’s health. For example, schools may invite parents to assess the child’s health each morning before taking the child to school, including whether the child is feeling well and whether he or she has a fever, cough or other symptoms.

If a child develops signs of an acute respiratory infection, the first thing to look at is whether the child has been at risk of becoming infected with Covid-19, for example, has been in a country at high risk for Covid-19 in the last 14 days or may have been in contact with Covid-19 patients.

Therefore, after a reasonable assessment of possible risks, in the opinion of the MoD, it is permissible for parents to justify the child’s absence in cases where a joint family event is planned and the parents have notified the educational institution in advance, or if the child did not come to school due to an unforeseen event illness, but after one day of absence returns to school completely intact.

According to the VM, it is also permissible for parents to justify the absence of a child in cases where the child has had a mild health disorder and the child returns to school after three days of recovery.

The VM also indicates that a slightly elevated body temperature does not indicate that the child has an infectious disease. Therefore, educational institutions are invited to allow the child to calm down, take off their outerwear, and repeat the body temperature measurement after 15 to 20 minutes, if the child feels a slightly elevated body temperature.

Even a small runny nose, which does not cause breathing problems and does not worsen the child’s general well-being, is not considered a sign of a disease that isolates the child from the educational institution, the ministry explains.

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