Estonia: Parents not allowed to attend graduation ceremonies of Tallinn schools in June

  • 2020-05-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev said that school and kindergarten graduation ceremonies will be permitted at the end of June, but parents will not be allowed to attend.

"Last night, there was a big discussion with school leaders and we reached a consensus on how to organize graduation ceremonies for schools and kindergartens, meaning there are two main possibilities. The first possibility is that only graduates and school staff will be able to take part in the graduation ceremonies in schools in June. If the graduation ceremony takes place indoors, then, according to the rules, the occupancy rate must not exceed 50 percent and the number of participants must not exceed half a hundred people," Belobrovtsev said.

If the ceremony takes place outdoors, for example in a school stadium, the number of participants is limited to 100 and still only graduates and the school staff can participate. "The only exception is schools for students with special needs, where parents are also allowed to attend," the deputy mayor said.

Another option is to hold the ceremonies in July, when requirements are much more lenient. Then, parents will also be able to take part in the graduation ceremonies -- the maximum number of participants is up to 500 people indoors and up to 1,000 people outdoors.

"Essentially the same rules apply in kindergartens," Belobrovtsev said.

With regard to pre-exam consultations, Tallinn city authorities have decided that up to 10 people can be in one room at a time, and the same requirement applies to hobby schools.