Tallinn municipal schools continue dispersing students

The City Government decided that Tallinn municipal schools will continue dispersing students at a 30-50 percent capacity, depending on the situation of each particular school, for the next two weeks, i.e. from 15 to 26 November.

Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart said that Tallinn school leaders jointly discussed the current situation and further possibilities for organising educational activities. „Grades 4-8 in Tallinn schools have been on remote learning since the beginning of this school term, and the current situation shows that this measure has proven to be successful. According to the Health Board, the highest number of infections is still among children aged 10-14, a figure that has fallen by 11 percent. Despite everything, the number of school outbreaks in Tallinn has increased, regardless of precautionary measures like partial remote learning and rapid testing,” said Kõlvart. “However, based on the data of the Health Board, the infection rates are stabilising, which gives hope for a slight improvement of the situation, and thus it is justified to change the current conditions of remote learning. As a result of the joint discussion with the school leaders, we came to the conclusion that we will continue with partial e-learning or distance learning in the teaching activities of some classes of general education schools and taking into account the current situation of a particular school.”

This will be done in the next two weeks, from 15th to 26th of November, 30-50% of students in Tallinn schools will be on remote learning, it will be determined by each school based on its infection rates among students and school staff, and the need to implement necessary measures to control infections. The decision does not apply for the educational activities of students with special educational needs.

According to the data by the Health Board as of November 8, there are slight positive signs of a reduction in coronavirus infections - the infection rate R has decreased from 1.2 to 1. However, both the absolute number of cases and the infection per 100,000 population, especially between the ages of 10 and 14, remain the highest. According to the Health Board, there are a total of 61 outbreaks in Tallinn schools, involving a total of 1156 infection cases - 958 students and 198 school staff.