The new school year will start on September 14, and most of the students will attend in-person classes, said Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at his Wednesday afternoon press conference.
According to Iohannis three scenarios have been devised for the start of the school year, taking into consideration the COVID-19 situation.
According to Iohannis, the decision will be detailed in the coming weeks, and the decision about which of the three scenarios should come into force will be made locally by the county disaster management committees.
He also said that if there is a high number of COVID-19 cases in Romania around September 14, the start of the school year will be postponed.
Parents can get help if education goes online
The president also told the press that the government will draft a legislative solution for parents who will have to stay at home with their children if schooling will take place online.
“We were discussing a scenario similar to the one we had during the state of emergency, meaning parents would receive help to be able to stay with their children at home. However, because this time we are not talking about the total closure of schools, no measure can be made which would be imposed on everyone. Therefore, today [Wednesday], I asked the cabinet members to quickly work out a scenario within an interministerial committee, which would protect the interests of the children and would also come to the aid of the parents at the same time. I am convinced that we will have a correct legislative solution in the shortest possible time,” said the head of state in his press conference at the Cotroceni Palace. (Agerpres)
Title image: Klaus Iohannis during his press conference about the start of the school year in Romania on August 5, 2020. (Photo: presidency.ro)