Many students got the coronavirus in Hungary. Classes went into quarantine, yet there is no official information regarding this matter.
Hvg wrote about the issue based on parents’ stories and opinions, but they also asked members of the teachers’ union. The situation is no cause for panic, but it is not an effective measure in fighting the virus if people find out about ill students only from rumours.
“There are no municipalities where infected students and teachers are unheard of.”
Tests are not done, and everything should be done according to the letter from the ministry, which states that no educational measures will be taken in the case of students over the age of 12. The teachers’ union, however, does not see a reason to panic.
Schools, on the other hand, cannot do much. They can use thermometers, disinfectant, or ask students to wear masks. In the past, school principals could order school breaks in case it was necessary, but now, the order has to come from the Office of Education, and quarantines can only be ordered by the centre of public health.
A paradox in this issue is that without tests, students cannot be sent to quarantine, but there are no tests done at schools.
Schools cannot switch to digital education when it comes to teaching children of an age who can already be vaccinated, which means that in Hungary, every child over 12 years old (who are usually in 6th grade) will have to attend school, even if there are fellow students who got the virus. Parents could exempt their kids from going to school only if there is a serious reason for it, but the school principal has to approve the absence.
However, Covid-19 is not considered a valid reason for parents to keep their children at home, and many kids are sent to school even if they got the virus.
Another issue is not having official information; parents and teachers alike find out about new cases and quarantined classes from rumours and from each other. A source told Portfolio that a doctor sent a student back into the community instead of asking for a test. The parent told the school about this, but there was no measure or precaution they could have taken for lack of an official PCR test result.
In another institution, parents got tests done, and that was how they found out that the vast majority of students got the virus. Only two classes remained in school, the rest of them were sent to quarantine.
Portfolio writes that students will have the chance to take the vaccine at schools again. 228,000 students aged 12-17 were vaccinated, and 61% of people aged 18-19 are also vaccinated. In the first round of vaccinating at schools, 47,000 students got the vaccine at more than 2,000 venues. Online registration for vaccines remains open as well.