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TURIN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 15: Josmar Aguero’s classroom during a lesson on the first day of the new school year on September 15, 2020 in Turin, Italy. Italian children returned to the classroom as most schools reopened six months after they closed to curb the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Italy was one of the first in Europe to be hit by the pandemic, with 35,500 deaths out of a total of 280,000 cases. (Photo by Diana Bagnoli/Getty Images)

Towards the obligation of vaccines for teachers and school staff with penalties that could lead to suspension without salary, and a mechanism of controls and accountability. The government accelerates on the school and is preparing to address the issue already in the control room this week, with the aim of closing in the council of ministers before the summer break. Draghi wants to go back to school in September in attendance, with no ifs and buts. This is the most urgent priority: transport and work will be discussed in the coming weeks. The Minister of Education Bianchi, at Palazzo Chigi, examined the state of the art with the premier in view of tomorrow’s meetings with trade unions and principals.

But political negotiations with the majority forces are still open. And it is across the board, including long-distance transport, workplaces in constant contact with the public and essential public services. Especially with Salvini’s League, which – burned last time – waits to see the overall point of relapse before unbalancing. “We will read the final text and then we will decide what to do” leaked from via Bellerio. But they want free swabs and salivary tests. While Pd and Forza Italia are in favor of the obligation, as Minister Gelmini reiterated: “We cannot go back to closing or new lockdowns, we must have faith in science”.

Tomorrow, the trade unions and the national association of principals will meet first the CTS and the technical offices, and then Bianchi for the “parallel” negotiation on safety protocols – staff, distances, masks, entry times, public transport – and recovery of the school year. The president of the PNA Giannelli warned the government: “Before signing the protocol, technical measures and political choices are needed”. They are afraid of finding themselves, despite vaccines, with outbreaks due to chicken coop classes, overcrowded metros and the low rate of immunized children. To alarm school managers, it is the latter front where the percentage would be just over 10%, far from the 60% proposed by the commissioner. And General Figliuolo today returned to exhort families: “Vaccinate your children. Dad is enough for their well-being ”.

For sure, you have to hurry. The deadline of August 20 pays for the pressure of the experts: the window is too narrow to intervene at that point. The road seems to have been drawn. The numbers impose it, with the contagion curve increasing and the positivity rate shot up to 3.5%. But also the patchy trend of the school vaccination campaign. The subordinate reason is to introduce the green pass only for the regions behind the vaccination objectives: the latest government report sees 78.7% immunizations at school with two doses and 84.8% with one, proposing 93 % for September. But they are not homogeneous numbers: “We have nine regions that travel from 77 to 50% of unvaccinated school staff – said General Figliuolo – and this is not good”. Calabria, Liguria, the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano, Sardinia, Sicily, Umbria, Piedmont. In short, almost half of Italy. But introducing the distinction on a regional basis appears complicated, the risks of administrative disputes are added to the doubts of the constitutionalists.

The other node is that of sanctions: a hypothesis – which the principals do not mind – is to assimilate school operators to those of health, with the provision of suspension without salary. In the background, there is the severe bill of the Ronzulli force worker which would also prohibit the transfer of the no-vax employee to other duties. But the government’s line is to (still) seek mediation, avoid the hard line as long as possible. It is the “Orlando method”, which in the coming days will meet Confindustria and CGIL to resolve the issue of workers’ vaccinations (primarily buses, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants). A comparison, in the light of CTS data, to find the most “shared” solution: green pass or security protocols, as was the case with swabs. But we will talk about it after August. While the green pass for high-speed trains, airplanes and ships could arrive in September. Not to compromise the tourist season, as requested by the League.


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