September 14 marked today the return of 480 thousand students to the schools in Albania, in extraordinary conditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I, student Brisilda Islami grade 6 / b, declare in my personal responsibility that I have no family member affected by Covid-19. I personally am not affected,” said Brisilda before entering the classroom.
Both she and all the other students to enter the school premises have signed the self-declaration form for the health condition, together with the parents. With the protective barrier in the mouth to prevent the spread of the virus, the students at the door have their temperature measured and if it turns out to be higher than 37, they will return home to watch the televised lessons via RTSh school section.
30 thousand educational staff will teach in 1760 schools, in classrooms with less than 20 students.
In order to respect the distance of 1.5 meters from each other, in addition to the classrooms, more spacious facilities were used to develop the learning process such as gyms.
“Psychologists will be at school for 2 days a week, a nurse will be there for two days a week to do the routine health check-up. I worked for 15 years as a principal, not to mention 34 years of teaching, and we’ve never seen anything like this year.”
Teaching will not take place simultaneously in the 1760 schools opening this year, as it all depends on the infrastructure and number of students in them.
For 480 schools that had a large number of students, the classes are divided into two groups and the lesson ends at 3. While in the buildings where there are two different schools, 4 groups are created and the lessons end at 19:45.
The short time for changing groups and disinfecting classrooms has created crowds outside school doors and complaints and clashes with the parents.