From October 19, pupils in grades 1-5 will return to school, and high school students will study remotely for two weeks. According to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, this measure will help contain the spread of coronavirus among schoolchildren.
In his personal blog, the head of the city said that, according to statistics, high school students are more at risk of contracting coronavirus. They account for two-thirds of the sick students.
“From the experience of the spring months, we know that high school students are quite successfully adapting to the distance learning format. It is more difficult for the younger ones. In addition, parents cannot leave them alone with the online platform and go to work themselves, "Sobyanin explained.
The mayor also mentioned that the transfer of high school students to distance learning will reduce the burden on schools and allow children to be dispersed in buildings as much as possible and to minimize contacts. To reduce contacts between students, it was also decided to suspend the work of children's circles and sections from October 19 to November 1. Transport cards for students in grades 1-5 will be unlocked after the holidays. Discount travel for high school students will continue to be suspended.
“In order to better protect older teachers and teachers suffering from chronic diseases from the threat of coronavirus infection, it is planned to introduce a new teaching format in certain classes in two to three weeks - tutoring. Students and graduates of pedagogical universities will be temporarily invited to conduct lessons in schools. Experienced teachers will provide assistance to tutors and monitor the educational process remotely as senior mentors, ”the mayor of the capital said.
Sobyanin also emphasized that vaccination of teachers over 60 years old and with chronic diseases will be a priority after industrial batches of vaccines from COVID-19 arrive in the city.