Distancing from school? No, classes also joined by 30 pupils

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You write distancing but you read crowding. It may seem incredible, but while the government and the regions discuss the right distance to be kept in the classroom (one linear meter between one desk and another or two square meters per pupil?) And it is not known when to go back to school (even if the date of 14 September seems to be shared by all), the principals of the over 8,000 Italian educational institutions have been struggling with the formation of classes for several weeks as if the coronavirus emergency had never happened. Already on April 10, at the height of the epidemic, the managers received a note from Miur with which on the one hand urbi et orbi announced the happy news that the school staff would remain unchanged despite the demographic decline, which suggests for the 50,000 fewer students next year. On the other hand, since the executive did not want to put his hand to the current legislation, that same ministerial note tied hands and feet to the managers, especially of the high schools, reiterating that the first classes must have at least 27 pupils and that, in the passage from the first to the second two-year period, if a section has fewer than 22 pupils, it must be dismembered point and just sorting the boys into other classes.

The chicken coop classes

Explains Nadia Buraglio, vice principal of the Frisi scientific high school of Monza: The criterion in the formation of the upper thirds always the same: the divisor between the total number of students and classes must do 27. If there are fewer proceeds to the mergers. But sorting students at the end of the second means doing it on purpose to form classes for almost thirty pupils. All just as the government has given orders to the regional directorates to provide a mapping of the territories to understand which spaces the individual schools have and how many could already do so, with a few small adjustments, to guarantee the right distance between the pupils and for how many others. instead, additional rooms must be identified.

Serological tests for everyone?

Moreover, as far as we understand, the government is moving towards hiring more school collaborators (indispensable for all operations related to the sanitation and safety of institutions) and more educators and teachers for nursery and primary school (where teaching in presence absolutely essential), while in middle and high school it would aim to shorten the duration of the lessons (from 60 to 40-50 minutes, left to school autonomy to decide). It is to be understood whether I will have followed the proposal circulating in these hours to ask the teachers to work up to 24 hours a week in class instead of the basic 18 (paying the difference, of course): this would allow you to recover strength for the lessons in if the classes were then divided in half to keep the distance. In the meantime, the idea of ​​subjecting teachers and school staff to the serological test at the beginning of the year is making headway in addition to the use of the mask limited to common spaces and not in the classroom: Campania and the Lazio, but other governors are also evaluating it.

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The law is not changed

From Milan to Rome there are dozens of high schools and technical and professional institutes that have seen in recent weeks deliver class cutting measures in the transition from two years to three years. Roberta Fantinato, head of the historic Minghetti high school in Bologna explains: The local school offices assigned us the staff as if there had been no Covid emergency. With the further paradox that this year – precisely because of the closure of schools during the epidemic – no one has failed. And consequently, without the usual shearing of the classes at the end of the first two years, the third ones are much more crowded than usual.

The most striking cases

There are regions like the Marches where some schools have more than thirty pupils per class with peaks up to 42 all along their high school. Thirty-one profs from the classical liceo Tasso in Rome wrote to the administrator to ask for an afterthought: there are 11 second ones. with 21 students on average, who should have become thirds with the same number of pupils next year, given that there were no failures. Only 9 thirds with 27 students have been scheduled. In Milan, eight colleges are involved in the mergers. In Varese, even worse for the students of the Manzoni high school: they protested against the choice of the principal to divide a second of 19 students. The principal explained that this has already gone well because only one class has been cut this year and in return the school has obtained a first one more, to divide the boys and girls who arrive and who often find themselves in very large classes . In Urbino, at the Luciano Laurana State Scientific High School of Urbino, you want to go from 6 to 5 thirds, with a class with 32 students. In Bagno di Ripoli, on the outskirts of Florence, the representatives of the parents of the second classes of the scientific and linguistic Gobetti wrote to the regional director of the MIUR to denounce in the name and on behalf of all parents the disagreement with the choice made to merge the three second scientific in two thirds and the current five of linguistic in four thirds. In Tolentino in the Marche even the mayor intervened to save the fourth classes of the Liceo Classico Filelfo from the merger, with a resolution of the junta: the administration ready to act also through legal channels.

June 23, 2020 (change June 23, 2020 | 12:32)

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