4 million pupils go back to school. Mandatory green pass, the platform starts

The bell returns to ring this morning for almost 4 million students (3,865,365) from 9 Regions (Abruzzo, Basilicata, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Lombardy, Piedmont, Umbria, Veneto, Valle d’Aosta) and the Province of Trento. Lessons had already resumed last Monday, September 6, in the Province of Bolzano, while they will begin on September 14 for 192,252 pupils in Sardinia, and on September 15 for 1,706,814 children and teenagers from the Campania, Liguria, Marche, Molise and Tuscany regions, 16 September for 829,028 students from Friuli Venezia Giulia and Sicily. The last to return to class will be the 813,853 pupils of the Calabria and Puglia Regions, on 20 September.

Bianchi: “It’s a joy to be together”

“Meeting at school is a great joy, I would like to express my deep thanks to all of you, to the students, to the parents, to the school and administrative staff, central and territorial, as well as to the many people who contribute every day to the life of the our schools. To all of you, my warmest wishes for a peaceful year of work and growth together, ”wrote the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi in a letter to the school community.

Mandatory green pass, the platform starts

With the shadow of Covid still looming, the school restarts along the lines of last year, but with an important novelty linked to the arrival of vaccines: the obligation of the Green Pass for all school staff (not for students, except those university students) and, according to the latest decree approved by the government, for anyone accessing the school premises (canteen staff and parents included). The new platform is launched today with which the principals will be able to verify the possession of the green certification by the staff. Green or red sticker: those who do not have the certificate will not be able to serve, they will be considered unjustified absent and after the fifth day they will be suspended from work and from pay.

Masks in the classroom

Masks will still be mandatory in school environments (not during physical education hours nor at the table in the canteen), from 6 years upwards. Bianchi has promised that – as foreseen by the dl 6 August – they can be removed in class (when stopped at the counter) if everyone is vaccinated. The Ministry is working on specific guidelines for managers, in agreement with the Privacy Guarantor.

Salivary swab screening

According to a plan drawn up by the Higher Institute of Health, a carpet screening of the student population will start through voluntary salivary tests: 55,000 students (between 6 and 14 years old) will be involved every two weeks, through a “network of sentinel schools” identified in each of the 107 Provinces.

A brake alla dad

Distance learning, a nightmare for students and families, remains a viable option in the case of infections in the classroom and students in quarantine, but the government has put a stop to deciding that this year it will be able to shoot “exclusively in the red or orange zone and in circumstances of exceptional and extraordinary necessity due to the onset of outbreaks or the extremely high risk of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus or its variants in the school population … in compliance with the principles of adequacy and proportionality “.

Quarantines, distancing, transport

The rules for quarantines and return to class essentially remain those of last year (negative swab and certification for return to class post contagion; for vaccinated 7 days isolation), the spacing of 1 meter between the desks goes from mandatory to recommended (only “where possible”); the entrances will still be staggered; the windows open to ensure air recirculation; on means of transport the maximum capacity (the Green Pass is not required) will be 80 per cent in the white zone or yellow.

First day with the strike

It starts immediately with a strike, the one organized by the Anief union: «There is no minimum space in the classrooms to achieve the distancing. We will have the record of alternates. The obligation of the green pass is useless and discriminatory and will not avoid the DAD. After a year and a half of Dad, it would seem sacrilegious to invite the staff to abstain from work but for the young union, among the representatives of the sector, there are no conditions to reopen in safety », is the position of the president Marcello Pacifico.

The numbers of students and staff

There are 7,407,312 students who will sit in the desks of state schools this year throughout Italy. Of these, 277,840 are pupils with disabilities, while the classes for the 2021/2022 school year are 368,656. Specifically, this year there are 846,775 pupils in state kindergarten, 2,313,923 in primary school, 1,584,758 in lower secondary school and 2,661,856 in lower secondary school. 51% of secondary school students will attend a high school, 31.7% a technical institute and 17.3% a professional institute.

As for the school staff, according to the data updated yesterday by the Ministry, 59,425 teachers were hired with permanent contracts (of which 12,840 positions conferred on the basis of the procedures of the support decree bis). 10,729 ATAs are also hired. There are also 87,209 additional posts in derogation already assigned on the support.

(with source Askanews)

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