Contact learning to be restored in Tallinn municipal schools from next week

At yesterday's meeting of Tallinn's school leaders, it was decided that from next week, 29 November, the city's schools will return to contact learning. However, schools will be able to change the study arrangements according to the situation when necessary.

According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, the meeting with Tallinn school leaders analysed the current situation in the schools and discussed how to organise teaching in the future. "After the autumn break, we have implemented preventive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus outbreaks and infections in educational institutions in two-week cycles and by assessing the situation. We first implemented a joint approach where all students of grades 4-8 were distance educated, and then continued with partial e-learning, where schools decided which classes to distance educate according to the situation," explained Kõlvart. "Given the current situation, the infection rates in schools have improved and the number of school outbreaks has also decreased, which shows that the prevention measures taken so far have paid off. So, based on the joint discussion and feedback from school leaders, we have concluded that from next week onwards, general education schools can continue with contact education, but it will be decided on a school-by-school basis how to organise dispersal and school education in case of infection." 

According to the Health Board of Estonia, there were 48 cases of coronavirus in Tallinn schools at the end of October, 53 on November 2, 61 on November 8, 52 on November 16, and 42 on November 22 (594 cases, including 496 pupils and 98 school staff). While in the past, school cases were mainly in grades 1-4 and 5-9, the age group with the highest number of cases is now in grades 1-4.

Tallinn ranks 61st out of 79 municipalities, with 286 infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. The average in Estonia is 380.