Reopening of schools and increased infections, unions: “Without ventilation systems and crowded classrooms will close immediately. The government listens to us”

“The School is presented at the September appointment underlined in each component, aware of having endured and done well, its part”: says Pino Turi, Secretary General of the Uil Scuola, at Orizzonte Scuola the return to the school. in September, between the contagions that have increased a lot in recent weeks and the lack of different measures compared to previous years. In fact, if on the one hand virologists ask for mechanical ventilation systems in schools, forgetting open windows and coats, there seems to be nothing ready for back to school after the summer holidays.

The worrying data from the pandemic lead to a return to the sense of reality that the minister seems to have lost, immersed in a propaganda campaign of government measures that have nothing to do with the reality data. We want to remember that the sector does not have a security protocol. It will be recalled that last August there was the signing of the protocol which in the following days was denied by the Minister and was never updated again.“Remember Turi.

Now we have to look to the future. We are preparing for the start of the new academic year with the same problems of previous academic years, with the aggravation of an additional staff, the so-called Covid staff, which has not been extended and which the government will have to take into account from which was the only tool used to return to face-to-face teaching“, add.

There are no structural interventions according to Turi: “there is no forced ventilation of classrooms, no sanitary facilities capable of monitoring and the number of students per class has been maintained.“.

That’s because “government and politics have focused on pseudo-reforms, which, moreover, are descended from above and not shared, which cannot serve for the spread of the pandemic. Unless someone thinks that with doses of training (the solution to everything) and salary diversification we can also deal with the infection?
Now, it’s time to think about what it means to have an intervention plan and resources to deal with it. The school system has already shown flexibility and resilience, but this forces us to think about appropriate supportive interventions today and not tomorrow.“.

Nothing has changed compared to last year, says Marcello Pacifico, president of Anief, at Orizzonte Scuola.we knew this and that is why we did not sign the security protocol. In these three years, only 3,000 more classrooms have been created than the 100,000 needed to ensure safety inside and improve learning. The ministry has done nothing in recent years to ventilate classrooms or double the spaces, the first year has arranged teaching in a 50% presence, the second year has imposed the obligation to vaccinate discriminated staff and students.“.

Today, virologists admit that the vaccine does not prevent infections but the severity of the disease, highlights the Pacific. So back to the starting point but in a more explosive situation. The last variant spreads, although with less virulent symptoms, 16 times more than the previous ones. In classrooms with more than 15 poorly ventilated students, it will be the massacre. Not even the time to reopen them with this number of infections we will close them right away. Either the government listens to us and doubles classrooms and staff or it will be another year to forget, beyond protocol“, he concludes.

PNR resources should have been used for “a modern and efficient classroom ventilation systemSays Elvira Serafini, general secretary of Snals.

With the reopening of schools, taking into account the continued growth of infections especially among young people, the same problems will arise for which we have been providing solutions for years.“In practice, the situation will remain unchanged from previous years, in fact.”Local public transport has not been promoted, nor have there been any structural changes in the criteria for determining the staff: we will continue to have overcrowded classrooms. It is necessary to start talks with the unions as soon as possible to share the measures that the government and the ministry intend to take to ensure the safe return of students and staff.“.

An important year begins, in which it is necessary to aim to give solidity to the formative and educational recovery initiated in 2021”Vittoria Casa, IPF, president of the Culture Commission of the Chamber, stands out.

Regarding the resources of the PNRR, Casa states that the work “it continues and will begin to make its real effects felt throughout the school sector, in particular with regard to the renovation and safety of buildings, innovative learning environments, sports infrastructures, kindergartens and kindergartens. Now everyone needs stability and confidence above all: for the children in terms of safety and continuity, but also for all the school staff who need to be empowered and who have been waiting for the related renewals for too long.“.

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