Response to Covid-19 during the school year 2020-2021
In Poland schools opened on 1 September 2020.
According to the Ministry, 99.83% of kindergartens, schools and educational institutions provide full-time education, 53 schools and institutions teach remotely, and in 29 schools learning takes place in a hybrid mode.
Minister Dariusz Piontkowski presented guidelines for schools and institutions developed jointly with the Chief Sanitary Inspector and the Minister of Health, which are in force from September 1st, 2020. They apply to the organization of the work of schools and institutions, including students with special educational needs.
The guidelines contain general and specific recommendations related to the organization of classes at school, distribution of meals, hygiene, cleaning, disinfection of rooms and surfaces, handling of suspected infections among students and school staff.
The main guideline is to strictly follow basic hygiene rules: frequent hand washing, protection when sneezing and coughing, avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth, mandatory covering of the mouth and nose by third parties coming to school or institution, regular cleaning of the premises. Students in class do not need to wear face masks. It is recommended that schoolwork is organized and coordinated in such a way as to keep distance between students.
Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, alternatives scenarios have also been prepared with Option B offering a hybrid approach, mix of face to face and remote learning, and Option C switching to full time remote learning.
Response to Covid-19 during the school year 2019-2020
As of 25 May 2020 primary schools, from the 1st to the 3rd grade, provided children’s care with elements of educational classes. Consultation for pupils of the 8th grade of primary schools and the 4th grade of high schools was available. As of 1 June consultation became available for all students.
New legal regulations were been put into place in order to facilitate the organisation of distance learning.
Distance learning was carried out using materials and tools choose and made available by the teacher, in particular those recommended by the Ministry of National Education (especially educational platform www.epodreczniki.pl), the Central and Regional Examination Commission as well as broadcast in the educational programs of Public and Polish Television Radio.