Important Covid-Related Updates Regarding Masks and Testing

Dear Parents,

The Ministry of Education has announced new regulations for students regarding required weekly testing in schools as well as modifications to student mask wearing. Beginning next week, we will introduce these new measures while continuing to provide a safe learning environment for our school. Here is how this will affect the different student levels:

PreK 3 – Grade 1
Students do not need to wear masks
Students do not require weekly testing
Grades 2-3
Students do not need to wear masks in the classroom
Unvaccinated students will have weekly testing
Grades 4-10
Students will need to wear masks in the classroom
If rates of vaccinated students increase to adequately high levels (the majority), then we can reconsider mask wearing for vaccinated students.
Students with certificates of vaccination or certificates of immunity:
do not require weekly testing
Students without a certificate of vaccination or certificate of immunity:
will require weekly testing
Grades 11-12
Students with certificates of vaccination or certificates of immunity:
do not need to wear masks during classroom instruction (as majority vaccinated); and
do not require weekly testing
Students without these certificates must:
wear a mask during classroom instruction; and
require weekly testing
Please note!!
All students ages 7 and up must wear masks in all common spaces and on buses
All students do not need to wear masks when outdoors, in PE or music class
As always, masks are an option even when not required

The weekly testing will be done on Friday mornings here at school within the homeroom classrooms (G2-5) with the assistance of teachers and within the first block (G6-12) for Secondary students. This will be a saliva PCR test in coordination with BIOR laboratory that is currently paid for by the state. Students are exempt from this testing only if they have proof of a certificate of full vaccination or certificate of immunity (valid for 180 days). These digital certificates can be sent to nurse@isl.edu.lv, if they haven’t already.

Please note that the above information is in alignment with current government regulations and is subject to change based on the epidemiological situation in Latvia.

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