After a break of two and a half months, Secondary schools are re-entering their daily lives, as high schools and lyceums open tomorrow, Monday, to welcome students in their classrooms.
Exceptions are high schools in the so-called "red" areas, in areas with a burdensome epidemiological burden, where the courses will continue with distance learning.
also, as it became known, The co-located Gymnasiums and Lyceums will continue to operate remotely, as a relevant decision was issued (10939/ΓΔ4 / 29-1-2021).
All school units of Special Education (Primary and Secondary Education) will continue to operate live throughout the territory.
"We return to the desks following the measures, we are learning safely "was the message of the Minister of Education and Religions, Nikis Kerameos, during the announcement of the opening of gymnasiums and lyceums.
Students and teachers are required to adhere to the known - now- preventive measures: mandatory use of mask indoors and outdoors, use of antiseptics and regular ventilation of the premises. In addition, the breaks will be done in groups of students, while the groups of students in sports and other activities will be stable. The cleaning of all school areas is expected to be meticulous, while special measures have been taken for the custom operation of canteens, computer labs, use of musical instruments etc.. School holidays will also be held in moderation and school visits or walks will take place per department.
It is reminded that the sampling checks of EODY in schools will continue. Alongside, The special platform for making appointments by teachers continues to be in operation, students over 16 (edu.testing.gov.gr). As stressed by the Ministry of Education, This test is used in order to have a better epidemiological picture of the schools.
Competitions, scores and absences
"Vrachnas" for students is the burden of competitions that awaits them with the opening of schools and how they will be graded during the A’ four months. From the Ministry of Education, with relevant circulars, the transfer of A.’ four months in B.’ four months, in case the written test for life is not possible in time. So, The scores of the first four months can be formed without the existence of a competition, but based on their performance in the classroom (physics and electronics) and from the tests they gave to the classrooms for life. In addition, it is provided not to submit a grade for a course or course that for any reason may have been taught less than ten (10) hours in A.’ four months and provided that teachers are proven and justified do not have sufficient data to assess the performance of their students.
As for the registration of absences, the ministry has clarified that it will be done in accordance with the provisions in force (Absences due to technical issues and illness are not counted) and that the characterization of the students will be examined at the end of B.’ four months.
Reflections from OLME
The Federation of Secondary Education Officials has expressed its reservations about the opening of high schools and lyceums, stressing that the prevention measures and the way in which school structures are expected to function are not sufficient.
"The truth is that, the way schools are opened, on the one hand it creates conditions for the spread of the virus and on the other hand, specifies their new closure in the next period ", says the Federation.
Alongside, has stressed the need to promote teacher vaccinations in a timely manner. "Will be “free gift” to do this in the spring or early summer ", said during the week the president of OLME, Theodoros Tsouchlos.
OLME requests that they be made immediately and free of charge, mass and repeated Covid tests in schools for teachers and students and to take measures "for the effective tracking of cases and not to burden this process on teachers".
End, asks for recruitment of teachers, to utilize spaces and rooms, by taking all necessary measures, to dilute the student population in the classrooms.