Everyone’s goal is “to return to school face to face, but also and above all in complete safety”, as Minister Lucia underlined Azzolina: “The government is working to bring all the students back to class. This document is the framework in which to insert the overall reopening plan: a few simple rules, feasible solutions that will allow us to return safely to the desks. this emergency, as we have always said, must become an extraordinary push to improve the education system and to promote educational innovation “.
For the Minister of Health, Roberto Hope, from the CTS “comes an important contribution to reopen our schools safely. The Government will devote all energy to this goal”. According to Agostino Miozzo, coordinator of the CTS, “what was done for the school was a demanding job, which aims to reconcile the containment of the risk of contagion with the recovery of normal activities for students and workers in the world of Education”.
Here the main indications: physical distancing, hygiene and prevention measures are the cornerstones of the document. An interpersonal spacing of at least one meter is expected, also considering the movement space. This distance will be guaranteed in the classrooms, with a consequent reorganization of the internal layout, for example, of the desks, but also in the laboratories, in the main hall, in the school theaters. You pass two meters for the activities carried out in the gym. The eating the meal at school it must be absolutely preserved, explains the document, but always guaranteeing distancing through the management of spaces, times (shifts) of use and, in residual form, also through the eventual supply of the meal in ‘lunch box’ for consumption in the classroom. The gatherings in the common areas will be limited. The outdoor spaces will be enhanced for the performance of recreation, motor activities or for scheduled educational activities.
There presence of parents on the school premises it must be kept to a minimum. Again to avoid the risk of gathering, all possible organizational measures will be privileged to differentiate the entry and exit of the students, through the hourly staggering or making available all access routes to the school building. At the entrance of the school, the detection of body temperature will not be necessary. But anyone with respiratory symptoms or temperatures above 37.5 degrees will have to stay at home. It will be important for everyone to respect this rule to reduce the possibility of contagion.
Each school reality will proceed to one mapping and reorganization of its spaces in relation to the number of pupils and the consistency of the staff with the aim of ensuring as much as possible face-to-face teaching, also by making use of extra spaces thanks to collaborations with the territories and local authorities. Before the reopening of the school, a thorough cleaning of all spaces will be provided. Cleaning will then have to be done daily. Dispensers with sanitizing products will be made available in several points of the school. You will need to wear the mask. Pupils over 6 years of age must bring it for the entire period of stay in school premises, subject to due exceptions, for example when doing physical activity, during meals or questions, as will already happen for the II cycle State Exams .
The pupils of the primary school they must not wear a mask, as provided for children under 6 years of age. No additional protective devices are needed. Special exercises may be organized for all school staff to familiarize themselves with the planned measures.
“In kindergarten, physical distancing presents more marked critical issues that must require particular organizational and personnel precautions. In this case, it is necessary to ensure additional indications and resources regarding the regular cleaning of surfaces, frequent hand washing, reduction in the number of pupils present in the classroom at the same time “, underlines the Scientific Technical Committee in the protocol for the reopening of schools in September.
“With regard to the size of the class group, since it is due to the evolutionary characteristics and didactic methodologies of a dynamic context, it is advisable to provide for a further reduced crowding compared to the criteria applied in the context of higher-order classes – reads the document – children must not wear a mask, as already foreseen for children under the age of 6. Therefore, as it is not always possible to guarantee physical distance from the pupil, it may be possible for staff to use additional devices (eg nitrile gloves and protective devices for eyes, face and mucous membranes) beyond the usual surgical mask “.
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