The Latvian Ministry of Education guidelines and recommendations for educational institutions with respect to COVID 19 came out July 28th. In the document, the Ministry laid out the necessary guidelines for schools to follow in order to safely open this August. This information was widely anticipated and has allowed ISR to plan effectively for 2020/21 with safety and student well-being foremost in mind. International School of Riga is monitoring the COVID 19 situation at the regional and national level and is aware that there is trepidation in Europe at the moment with respect to a potential second wave.
ISR will be ready with a three-tiered approach to schooling and will have in place a Plan A (face-to-face), a Plan B (blended/hybrid) or a Plan C (virtual or online) teaching and learning model.
Based upon the Ministry’s recent announcement, Plan A will be implemented and ISR will open 2020/21 with a face-to-face teaching and learning model.
As we move closer to opening day on August 31st, ISR’s specific requirements will be related to the school community. Vigilant monitoring of several key conditions or indicators within the community will occur even after August 31st.
ISR will follow all guidelines for physical distancing and for maintaining safe and secure campuses to the best of its abilities. How the school plans proceed will rely heavily on how we come together as a school community in facing the realities and hardships of COVID 19. It will also rely on Latvia maintaining relatively low numbers of COVID 19 transmissions.
Please inform the school as early as possible when your child will be absent and the reason for the absence. Furthermore, if your child shows any signs of illness or has a temperature of 37.5c or above please keep your child at home and contact your family doctor as soon as possible.
Please note that your child will need a doctor’s note confirming they are allowed to attend school prior to returning.