Government to permit final-year students to resume contact learning from May 3

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The Estonian governments will enable for final-year students to switch back to contact learning from May 3, instruction must be provided in accordance with all COVID-19 safety rules.

The government approved a decision in principle to permit students in grades 9 and 12 to resume contact learning together with primary school pupils, spokespeople for the government said. The government is planning to approve the corresponding order on Thursday.

Whether or not all other students will also be permitted to resume contact learning will be discussed by the government again next week when it has more information about the trend in the spread of the coronavirus, which among other things is also affected by the school break and holidays spent abroad during the break.

Students who traveled abroad during the school break must self-isolate for ten days upon arrival in Estonia or take two PCR tests with no fewer than six days between the two tests. The first test can be taken abroad up to 72 hours before arrival in Estonia or immediately after arrival. Children and young people will be able to return to school or hobby groups only after their second negative test result. 

There are at present only a few states arrivals from which are not required to self-isolate. A traveler's questionnaire must be filled out upon arrival.