Head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova called the condition for the transfer of schools to distance learning. She noted that there is an established mechanism for interrupting the epidemiological process at school, but the situation with the coronavirus is more complicated.
In what case are schoolchildren sent to a remote location due to ARVI and flu?
In Russia, the so-called algorithm for interrupting the epidemiological process at school was developed back in 2016. It provides for the transfer of an individual class, and sometimes the entire school, to distance learning. According to Anna Popova, if 20% of students or more are absent in the class due to the fact that they have ARVI, the school director may decide to transfer the class to distance learning.
“When the SARS season comes, and the flu also joins, we have an algorithm for interrupting the epidemiological process at school. We are transferring a class, sometimes the whole school, to distance education. If twenty percent of the students and more are absent in the class due to the fact that they have ARVI, the school director has the right to decide that the class is transferred to distance learning. Nobody else's orders are required, ”Popova said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Under what condition will schoolchildren be transferred to a remote location due to COVID-19?
According to the head of Rospotrebnadzor, transferring the class to distance learning is also possible in the context of the spread of coronavirus infection, which is also a respiratory disease. In this case, distance learning is introduced if there are several sick people in the class. The head of Rospotrebnadzor clarified that in each case, the decision is made by sanitary doctors in the regions.
On the eve of September 1, Popova said that in case of mass morbidity, schools could return to distance learning. In an interview on the Russia 1 channel, the chief sanitary doctor noted that this may be due not only to COVID-19, but also to influenza and other respiratory infections. According to Rospotrebnadzor, today an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 has already been noted in 60 out of 85 regions.
In 2020, schools in Russia were quarantined at the end of March, face-to-face classes were not resumed until the children left for summer holidays. Due to the pandemic, the delivery of the unified state exam (USE) was postponed to July. School classes resumed in September, but by early October, 3% of Russian schools were quarantined again due to coronavirus and seasonal flu.