The Government has removed almost all measures against Covid in educational centers. The incidence is still high and the virus has skyrocketed among the older population, but school returns to the pre-pandemic era. Ventilation is reinforced, which has proven to be very effective, but in exchange the safety distance of 1.2 meters that until now the elderly had to maintain in the classroom is removed, the bubbles can be broken except in the dining room, there are no longer fixed seats on the school bus and parents can re-enter schools and participate in face-to-face tutoring.
Throughout the school year the restrictions have been relaxed. September began with usual ratios (25 students in Infant and Primary, 30 in ESO and 35 in Baccalaureate); in February the masks disappeared from the patios and in April they ceased to be mandatory indoors. In between, the quarantines were eliminated. The Public Health Commission last week approved a new protocol that was not publicized. Here are the changes:
The safety distance of 1.2 meters in classrooms that students in the last years of Primary, ESO, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training had to maintain is eliminated. It returns, therefore, to the usual classes. In the dining room and spaces enabled for meals, yes, separation must be kept, but there will no longer be fixed positions.
The stable coexistence groups or bubbles into which the Infant and Primary students were divided are broken up because their members can now interact with each other both outdoors and indoors, except in the dining room, where they take turns and their own spaces . This course they could already mingle but only outdoors.
Until now, parents were told to contact the school by phone or email and only enter the building if the faculty deemed it necessary. That is, they were asked to avoid going. Now “families are allowed access to both indoor and outdoor spaces.” Face-to-face tutoring with families in well-ventilated interior spaces also returns, although “it is recommended that those that are outdoors be prioritized”. It’s the end of Zoom meetings.
There will no longer be fixed seats for students on school transport. It is still recommended to prioritize active transportation (on foot or by bicycle) to avoid sharing closed spaces.
Before hand hygiene was requested “frequently and meticulously” at least at the entrance and exit of the center, before and after the patio, eating and always after going to the toilet and in any case a minimum of five times a day . Now only a “correct” hand hygiene is requested.
In February it ceased to be mandatory outdoors and in April it was removed indoors. But some continue to use it and the protocol, in fact, says that “the stigma of people who, with risk conditions for Covid-19 or by personal decision, continue to use masks must be taken care of and prevented, regardless of the obligation or not of use.
It will no longer be necessary to establish entrances and exits in staggered schedules, nor organize recreation time, patio and dining room in shifts.
Outings to nearby environments will prevail, but there will no longer be any need to leave empty rows of seats between students.
It is maintained that the spaces must be disinfected at least once a day, although the toilets no longer have to be cleaned two or three times. The dining room, which previously had to be checked between shifts, will now be done as if it were not a pandemic.
This measure is reinforced. Previously, cross ventilation was recommended “if possible” on a permanent basis and now it is mandatory. The facilities and corridors must be ventilated for 15 minutes at the beginning and at the end of the day, during recess and between classes. Mechanical ventilation or air purifiers may be used. In activities that involve shouting, singing or exercising, it is recommended to go outside or ventilate the classrooms more.
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