The second term of the school year begins this Monday, January 10, and classes will be face-to-face in both elementary schools and high schools. The Departments of Health and Education have incorporated new features into the protocol, which includes new criteria for quarantine for contacts within the classroom.
Kindergarten and elementary students will not have to quarantine if there is only one case of COVID in the classroom. They will have to do it if there are 5 or more positives in the class, detected in a period of 7 days. Or, in small groups, if the number of infected is 20% or more of the total number of students. In the case of nursery schools, it will work in the same way as in nursery and primary schools.
Four or fewer cases will be considered sporadic and, except for sick students, the rest will continue with face-to-face activity. Children who have passed the virus less than three months ago or are fully vaccinated should not be quarantined.
The vast majority of children under the age of 11 do not yet have both doses of the vaccine, because the first one was given to them in December and therefore the second ones will not be given until February.
With regard to secondary and vocational training, the protocols established in the first term are maintained: students who test positive and their classmates who are not vaccinated will be confined for 7 days. If there is a positive in the class, classmates will not have to be confined, but they will have to take a free COVID screening test.
The tests will be performed in pharmacies in a supervised manner, for children aged 5 to 11 years. The tests will also be carried out in pharmacies for immunized high school students, as was done in the first term. In the lower age groups, under 5 years old, the tests will be done in the primary care centers. The tests will be done on the same day as the positive or the next day.
As for masks, they are still mandatory in class, whether in schools, from the age of six, or in institutes and universities. In the case of schools, boys and girls can only take it off at playground time, as long as they are alone with the bubble group in the class.
Also, the hygiene and prevention measures that were applied at the beginning of the course are still in force. People with symptoms cannot enter the centers and classrooms must be ventilated by opening doors and windows.
The Department of Education envisages “exceptional measures” to ensure the normal opening of schools from Monday. All short-term teacher leave, which is equal to or less than 5 days, will be covered from the day after they are notified.
Source: Web de notícies de l'Ajuntament de Martorell by martorelldigital.cat.
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