The first – model A or face-to-face model – envisages that the school acts by making a permanent decision if it is not possible to ensure distance, Šuplinska explained. It provides for face-to-face training if the school can provide all the epidemiological safety requirements, such as distance, hygiene, health surveillance, relevant student flow. At the same time, elements of the distance learning process for grades 7-12 can be used, ie 20% of the study time can be organized as follows. However, this possibility is not provided for grades 1-6.
The second, Model B, or the blended model, involves semi-distance learning if the school cannot meet all the epidemiological safety requirements. In this case, the training would take place both on the premises of the educational institution and remotely. Also in this case, the exception is grades 1-6, where studies would take place only in person. Meanwhile, in grades 7-12, 40-60% of teaching could take place at school and at the same distance. In vocational education institutions, they would be 60-80% at school and 20-40% remotely.
In turn – the C model or the remote model – envisages learning only remotely and for all classes. This would be the case if an infection or morbidity with Covid-19 was detected at school, as well as if there were mandatory national anti-epidemic measures.
Šuplinska explained that already in model A, the distance learning process can be used as a method. Pupils’ independent work does not have to be planned at home or at school, but it can also be in the library or outside, in the same classroom with different tasks, she said. “In this way, too, we can already start talking about distance learning,” the minister explained.
In turn, in model B, where the distance learning process is already 40-60%, it is necessary to start planning whether the child is physically in school, the minister said.
The main difference between the A and B models is exactly one of the safety factors – it is distance, Šuplinska admitted. The Minister pointed out that in talks with the Ministry of Health, he insisted that one class or group be perceived as a closed group, so that the training could take place in a similar way to the work process. However, it is difficult to distance oneself in common areas and when classes intersect. In order to prevent the common areas from being overcrowded, congested and class flows from crossing, it will be possible to use option B, the Minister explained.
On Tuesday, the government will review the recommendations developed by the MES for the implementation of precautionary measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection. The recommendations will be addressed to pre-schools, general and vocational education institutions, universities and sports events.