By Kostas Onisenko
A working group that met on Monday under Patriarch Kirill of Moscow decided, among other things, that Saint Petersburg Theological Academy would offer distance-learning courses due to COVID-19.
Therefore, the Academy called on all its students to leave and go to their places of residence. Those students who wish to stay in the Academy must make a request to the Academy’s secretariat by October 1.
Until yesterday, four of the students remained in quarantine under medical supervision. The other students who were positive for the COVID-19 recovered after 14 days of quarantine, and after two repeated tests and no symptoms were observed, they came out of quarantine.
The St. Petersburg Theological Academy was closed on September 9 when students with COVID-19 were identified. Their exact number was not known. Initially, it was decided that the quarantine would last until September 21, however, after having assessed the situation, it was decided that the Academy would offer distance-learning courses until it was deemed safe to reopen.