December 9, 2022

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Beginning of the school year, under the sign of change. Semesters, replaced by modules, without the obligation of theses and fewer grades

The school year has five modules, not two semesters as before, but the number of school weeks remains the same. Between the five modules there are holidays, which all students from all education cycles will have at the same time. The theses are no longer mandatory, and the evaluation must be done throughout the school year, with fewer grades being given. At the end of the school year there will be only one average for each subject. In addition to the “Different School” the “Green Week” was also introduced, during which activities will be organized to protect the environment and raise awareness of climate change.

The 2022-2023 school year begins on Monday and will end on June 16, 2023, for most classes. Students from the 8th grades will finish their courses on June 9, 2023, and those from the 12th and 13th grades on June 2.

Instead of the two semesters that existed until now, five teaching modules have been introduced.

Structure of the school year:

– courses: from Monday, September 5, 2022, to Friday, October 21, 2022;

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– holiday: from Saturday, October 22, 2022, to Sunday, October 30, 2022;

– courses: from Monday, October 31, 2022, to Thursday, December 22, 2022;

– holiday: from Friday, December 23, 2022, to Sunday, January 8, 2023;

– courses: from Monday, January 9, 2023, to Friday, February 3, 2023, respectively Friday, February 10, 2023, or Friday, February 17, 2023, at the decision of the county/city school inspectorates of Bucharest, as the case may be;

– holiday: one week, at the decision of the county school inspectorates/Bucharest municipality, between February 6-26, 2023;

– courses: from Monday, February 13, 2023, respectively Monday, February 20, 2023, or Monday, February 27, 2023, at the decision of the county school inspectorates/of the Bucharest municipality, as the case may be, until Thursday, April 6, 2023;

– holiday: from Friday, April 7, 2023, to Tuesday, April 18, 2023;

– courses: from Wednesday, April 19, 2023, to Friday, June 16, 2023;

– holiday: from Saturday, June 17, 2023, to Sunday, September 3, 2023.

During the school year, teachers must continuously evaluate students, but the number of grades will be lower, and at the end of the year there will be only one average for each subject.

The number of grades will depend on the number of hours in the school curriculum. For a subject that is taught twice a week, the teacher must give at least five grades in a school year.

The theses will no longer be mandatory, but any teacher can support them, if they consider it necessary for the evaluation of the students.

Other changes have been introduced since this school year. For example, each student will have an individual learning plan, but for now it is not known exactly what it will look like.

The transfer of students from one school unit to another will be accepted only in exceptional situations, and students will no longer be able to be expelled.

In addition to the “Different School” the “Green Week” was also introduced, during which activities will be organized to protect the environment and raise awareness of climate change. The two take place between February 27 and June 16, 2023, in intervals of 5 consecutive working days.

Sanitary measures

After two years of the pandemic, in which classes were often suspended, either because of the incidence or because of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the school or in the classroom, the new school year begins without exceptional sanitary measures.

Schools can organize opening festivities, where the presence of parents and grandparents is not restricted. Also, families can enter the classrooms, which has not happened in the last two school years.

The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, recently announced that the protective mask “will be recommended, not imposed”.

However, the Ministry of Health has issued a series of recommendations, considering the flu season.

Hygiene rules:

– hand hygiene: frequent hand washing and/or disinfection (before entering the classroom, before eating, after using the toilet, after coughing/sneezing, whenever necessary);

– respiratory hygiene: cough, sneeze into a single-use tissue or elbow, throwing the tissue in the trash immediately after use, washing/disinfecting hands after coughing/sneezing;

– hygiene in classrooms: frequent ventilation of classrooms (keeping windows open whenever possible or ventilation at least 10 minutes after each class hour), cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects in educational units before the start of classes;

– avoiding exchanges of personal items.

Reducing the transmission of respiratory viruses:

– wearing the mask in crowded, poorly ventilated closed spaces;
respecting the physical distance of at least 1.5 meters during classes, if possible;

– periodically informing parents not to send their child to school when they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory virus, sore throat;

– teaching and non-teaching staff with respiratory symptoms will avoid entering the community;

– daily performance by the teaching staff at the first hour of class of a visual inspection of the students present in the class with the aim of identifying any sick student showing signs of fever/infectious-contagious disease (congested face, cough, etc.).

– in the case of identifying a student with signs of a transmissible respiratory disease, it is recommended to isolate him from the rest of the class and inform the parents in order to refer him to a doctor and ensure specific treatment;

– notification of the school management, by parents/teachers, in case of confirmation of a case of SARS-CoV-2 or flu.

Specific preventive and information measures:

– vaccination against COVID-19 and seasonal flu of eligible students and staff in educational institutions:

– carrying out actions to educate and inform students regarding the rules that must be followed to prevent respiratory diseases.

Organizational and logistic measures:

– the display in classrooms/visible places of panels with informative materials on ways to prevent respiratory diseases;

– provision of materials for hand hygiene (liquid soap, disinfectants and paper towels) as well as for the cleaning and disinfection of classrooms;

– observing the rhythm of checking, cleaning and sanitizing air conditioners, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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