Response to Covid-19 during the school year 2020-2021
A new school year for elementary and high school students started on 1 September 2020.
Due to the epidemiological situation classes include fewer students, while students must wear face masks and keep physical distance. Classrooms are also disinfected frequently. The youngest students go to school every day, most students from the fifth to the eighth grade of primary school go according to a combined model - one day to school, another day online, while high school students have one week of school and the next online at home. A parallel online process of teaching and learning is also provided for students whose parents have chosen to follow classes only online, most often due to health risks. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development prepared detailed guidelines for schools on how to implement the teaching process and how to prevent the infection.
According to the Ministry of Education, the entire September curriculum has been recorded already, and is being aired by the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation (RTS).
The Institute for Public Health "Milan Jovanovic Batut" created a special team that will monitor the epidemiological situation in educational institutions. Communication with schools is carried out on daily basis and in case of Covid-19 outbreaks special measures will be applied.
Response to Covid-19 during the school year 2019-2020
In Serbia, distance learning is coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The Ministry has been organising the production of different teaching and learning programmes aligned with regular curricula. These programmes were available for preschool children, grades of primary and secondary general, VET and schools including dual programmes. Education contents were available at the languages of the national minorities. Video messages on psychological issues, physical education and artistic activities have been produced as well. TVs and computers are provided for the migrant camps, so that they can follow the teaching process as well. Bearing in mind that a small percentage of students does not have access to digital contents, the schools prepare materials for these students and send them to their parents and communicate with these students by phones.
Teachers and students use online platforms that allow interactivity, providing feedback and follow up of the students’ progress. The following tools are mostly used: Google classroom, Microsoft Teams, Moja učionica, TeslaEdu, Edmodo and many others. All the platforms are free and open for use as well as the Serbian National Broadcasting Service where students can return and replay the content they have missed.
Since the beginning of schooling at home, many trainings for teachers for use of the eLearning platforms and digital tools have been organized in order to support the teachers.
The TV programmes have been produced by the close collaboration of the Ministry of Education with the Serbian National Broadcasting Service and the Serbian Government Office for IT and eGovernment.