Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) head Inga Vanaga told Latvian Television September 15 that the Union thinks schools should decide on their own whether to ask pupils’ families to sign claims whether they have been abroad.
As of now, some schools ask pupils’ families to sign claims confirming they have not been abroad or in contact with COVID-19 patients. State Service of Education Quality (IKVD) has said this requirement is illegal and should be banned.
LIZDA does not agree with this. “In our view, it would be important to take into account the interests of the majority in such a situation,” Vanaga said.
The Union believes that local schools should be allowed to decide on the requirements themselves, taking into account discussion with local government and parents. Vanaga said that local governments should trust schools.
“There are different opinions in society. First of all, providing information voluntarily. But it doesn’t work everywhere, as proved by the time of state of emergency,” Vanaga said.
Some educators have quite severe health problems, including oncological ones. “We would not like to see careless or false information being provided by families leading to any more severe problems,” said the head of LIZDA.
The union has already exchanged views with IKVD this week and will analyze the situation in the coming weeks. If necessary, LIZDA is prepared to address the proposal to give the school the right to require evidence relating to COVID-19 risks.