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Czech health officials are mapping out a plan for opening up schools after months of lockdown and remote learning.  Petr Smejkal, head of the Interdisciplinary Group on Epidemic Situations (MeSES), says that the biggest cost of the lockdown hasn’t necessarily been on the economy, but on “the children who did not go to school.” “That is something that can’t be quantified by money,” he told Prima TV.  Robert Plaga, Minister of Education, has recently named April 12th as the possible date that kids go back into classrooms. This date is being discussed with President Zeman’s team of “experts” and hasn’t been confirmed yet. According to Smejkal, the country needs to learn from what happened on Christmas, when the COVID-19 casesContinue Reading

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Students in the final years of secondary school might return to offline studies from the beginning of March with the regular COVID-19 testing, as Minister of Education Robert Plaga stated in his proposal. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will discuss the proposal this Monday.  98,000 high school students and 30,000 school staff will return to schools and will have to participate in regular testing. Plaga offers to test every seven to 14 days with non-invasive RT-PCR tests. The government will spend from 80 to 180 million Czech crowns a week. The school will be able to process the saliva tests without the help of the medical staff. A negative COVID-19 test will be required to continue studies in school. If theContinue Reading