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Covid-19 Safety Rules

LAST UPDATE: July 14, 2020.

Russian Language Academy is happy to inform that Latvia has opened its borders to travelers from the European Union (thereafter the EU) and lifted internal Covid-related restrictions. Therefore, the school is resuming its regular operation both in Riga and Daugavpils.

Please find below the detailed information on safety measures and essential regulations for visiting Latvia, studying at Russian Language Academy and staying at our accommodation. Please pay attention to the list of countries, whose citizens are not allowed to enter Latvia yet or must take a two-week self-quarantine upon arrival. This information to be updated every 14 days.

General Measures and Rules in Latvia

  1. Citizens of the majority of EU countries can enter Latvia freely. List of countries what need to observe 14-day quarantine on arrival (market in red and yellow)  is updated every Friday evening and is available here.
  2. If a quarantine is necessary, it should be organised at the student’s own expense. On request, the school’s apartments can be used (if available and for a regular fee).
  3. All public transportation, institutions, shops, cafes, entertainments, museums, beaches, sport clubs, are working throughout the country with no access restrictions. People have full mobility, but should keep to the following rules:
    – When in public transport, we advice to wear a face mask (medical or handmade) or cover the nose and mouth with a scarf.

Masks can be bought at any pharmacy, a set of three single-use masks costs about 4.00 EUR.
Multi-use handmade textile masks do not need daily washing – just ironing at 90C for disinfection.

– Use hand sanitizers when entering and leaving a shop (almost every shop is equipped with dispensers).
– While standing in a queue, keep a distance of at least one meter between each other or follow the special marks on the floor.
– Feeling unwell, do not visit any public places.
– Showing signs of a respiratory disease, do a Covid test.

Tests are made at the following laboratories, by prior appointment only (a mandatory condition):

А) Laboratory “E. Gulbja laboratorija”, phone nr. +371-67801112. Price: 80.40 EUR, if taken at home + 30.00 EUR

В) Laboratory “Centrālā laboratorija”, phone nr. +371-8303.  Price: 80.00 EUR, if taken at home + 20.00 EUR (100% prepaid only)

 

General Measures and Rules at Russian Language Academy

  1. Lessons are conducted in the school building with a maximum of 6 students per class for the summer period.
  2. Morning session (20 lessons per week): 9.00 to 10.40 and from 11.00 to 12.40. Afternoon session (20 lessons per week): 13.40 – 15.20 and from 15.40 to 17.20.
    Every two lessons, there will be a break to air the classroom.
  3. In case of more than 6 students in a group, groups are divided into two shifts starting with a 10-minute interval (the 1st one – at 09:00 and the 2nd one – at 09:10). Thus minimizing the number of students during breaks, before and after classes. Every student is informed of their timetable on a Thursday before arrival.
  4. The distance between students in a classroom is no less than 1.5 meter.
  5. All surfaces in the school are regularly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with the regulations.
  6. All common areas (student lounge and wc) are equipped with sanitizer dispensers.

Extra information

  1. Disposable glasses for water are provided. Students are recommended to have their own bottles for water to easily fill them at school if necessary.
  2. All students will have their temperature measured every morning. Running 37C a student will not be admitted to classes.
  3. A student showing signs of a virus disease (coughing, sneezing, etc.) must wear a mask at all times and if running a temperature of 37C stay at their accommodation. The student should let the school know immediately that they don’t feel well and are staying at home by sending a message to: +371-29196306 or +371-29284480.
  4. A student unable to attend classes because of an illness may study online via Skype starting from the 2nd day of a sick leave, timely providing their Skype ID.
  5. Students must put on masks in common areas during breaks, if requested by the school administration. This refers to cases when there are too many people and no possibility to observe the necessary social distancing. Wearing a mask during lessons is not mandatory and remains at the student’s discretion. During a welcome tour at school masks are mandatory, in case there are more than 6 students.
  6. All printed materials/magazine are temporarily removed from the common areas. The Student Handbook is sent out via email only or can be downloaded from the website, in the footer under Download Materials.
  7. The outdoor extra-curriculum activities is organized in full, with a maximum number of 20 participants.

General Measures and Rules at Homestay

  1. All surfaces in the common areas (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) are regularly cleaned and sanitized.
  2. Every family has a thermometer.
  3. If showing any signs of a respiratory disease, every family member or guest student must wear a mask.

Staying with a host family, a student should keep to the following rules:

  1. Sanitize hands regularly (sanitizers to be provided by the family).
  2. Use only provided by the host family personal set of towels, including a hand towel.
  3. When at home, you’re advised to change into clothes and footwear meant for wearing inside.
  4. If running a temperature or showing signs of Covid, do a test (see contacts above) and in case of a positive result – leave the family within 24h and organize your stay at a hotel or apartment. All expenses incurred to be covered by the student.

General Measures and Rules at a Shared Flat/Residence

  1. The school will do the cleaning and sanitizing once a week. In addition to that, students should sanitize surfaces in their rooms (advised – daily) and common areas themselves (sanitizers to be provided by the school).
  2. All flats are equipped with thermometers.

Staying at a shared flat/residence, a student should keep to the following rules:

  1. Use only their personal set of towels, including a hand towel.
  2. Use only their dishes and cutlery and wash them after every use.
  3. When at home, you’re advised to change into clothes and footwear meant for wearing inside.
  4. If showing any signs of a respiratory disease, wear a mask.
  5. If running a temperature or showing signs of Covid, do a test (see contacts above) and in case of a positive result – let the school know immediately (as seen above). All expenses incurred to be covered by the student.