Czech primary school enrollment for 2020/2021 will take place remotely

New emergency measures will allow schools to accept applications for new students electronically and via post

Katrina Modrá

Written by Katrina Modrá Published on 20.03.2020 07:00:43 (updated on 20.03.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

The Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has announced new enrollment procedures for the 2020/2021 school year in accordance with the current coronavirus state of emergency.

Due to the current closures and restrictions put in place by Czech officials as part of large-scale measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, this year’s enrollment of primary school students to Czech schools will take place online or via post.

“Enrollments for compulsory education will be carried out in accordance with the law, but abandoning some traditional practices,” the measures said.

Typically, children are admitted to Czech school following an enrollment procedure called a zapis taking place in springtime. The sign-up days offer the opportunity to become acquainted with the school environment, educational program, teachers and school premises. Basic testing is also conducted.

Following the announcement of emergency measures by the ministry, however, this year’s enrollment will take place without the need for children to be at school.

According to information released on the ministry’s website this week, the period for applications will still be springtime: April 1 to April 30, 2020. Schools must allow applications to be submitted in electronic form to the school data box, by e-mail with a recognized signature, or by post.

The ministry is recommending that schools implement distance communication tools to assist parents. According to iRozhlas, some schools will allow for parents to submit applications to a dedicated mailbox. Copies of documentation like birth certificates will be acceptable.

As part of the updated amendment, the ministry recommends a school visit after the emergency measures have been completed, in order for families to become acquainted with the school environment, educational program, teachers and school premises.

The ministry says schools must continue to proceed according to “pre-established and published formal criteria” which means giving preference to children from the schools catchment area. In the event that these criteria are not sufficient, a draw, which is carried out transparently, should take place.

Due to the coronavirus situation, schools have been closed since Wednesday, March 11 until further notice.

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