Education Minister Lucia Azzolina met the union organizations of the school and school leaders this morning in view of the resumption of September and the next state exams. At the center of the meeting, in particular, the return to safety, from the health point of view, of both staff and students. “We are working with the social partners to study together all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of staff and our students,” said the minister.
The Ministry of Education has presented principals and unions with a “first draft” of the protocol on safety for returning to school in September, a text that must now be examined by the social partners and then sent to the Technical Scientific Committee and will have to give its assessments. According to the National Headquarters Association, “the proposed draft presents aspects that are too uncertain but appreciated the wide availability to review it”.
Among the proposals put forward in the text, the use of masks for anyone who enters schools, the obligation to avoid gatherings at the entrance and exit, perhaps with the postponement of class entry times (with the hypothesis of 15 minutes difference), the possibility to try the student fever even if the state of malaise is not declared, while as in all jobs a prof and Ata the temperature should be measured every day.
In addition to the restriction of entrances for outsiders, including parents, in the draft text one thinks of protected and obligatory routes within the institutes, cleaning and sanitizing of all environments, especially those such as canteens, bathrooms and gyms. Access to common areas must be contingent with continuous ventilation and respect for the safety distance. The protocol also provides for the management of people healed or infected by Covid. The activities foreseen by the future protocol must then be compulsorily attached to the Risk Assessment Document (DVR), before the start of the next school year. The transposition of the protocol, accompanied by the guidelines and ministerial circulars, can in any case be integrated according to the specific needs of each school.
The National President Antonello Giannelli was present at the meeting for the PNA. “The Minister – explained a note from the principals – pointed out that the reopening of the school premises should be planned, since the other sectors have already reopened or are in the process of doing so in the coming weeks. To restart school activities in the presence, however, considers it necessary to sign a specific security protocol. In this regard, the Minister specified that the various activities, including the final state exam of the second cycle, will restart only and exclusively after the favorable opinion of the technical-scientific committee, taking into account the epidemiological trend “.
Furthermore, the Minister “expressed a heartfelt thanks to the school directors for the great effort made in organizing and coordinating the DAD and asked the trade union organizations to contribute to the drafting of the protocol, sending the related contributions closely. He finally clarified that the protocol can be signed only after having been validated, from a health point of view, by the committee “.
Ministry officials explained, “briefly, a first draft protocol formulated by the Administration and invited participants to send their eventual proposals for modification and integration”. The PNA delegation “pointed out that the proposed draft has too uncertain aspects but appreciated the wide availability to review it. We reiterated that the protocol is absolutely necessary but that it must be unambiguous and it must not present interpretative margins which could involve risks for collective health, exposing managers to improper liability. Our position on the conduct in the presence of the state exam, already expressed days ago, does not change: if the government deems it feasible, it must assume all responsibilities. The school leaders are ready, as always, to answer for those that belong to them, but not for others. This is why clear rules are needed and, above all, respectful of everyone’s skills and prerogatives “.
The PNA also asked that the protocol contain specific provisions for Italian schools abroad, in terms of harmonization of Italian and national legislation, and that the competition at DSGA be completed in useful terms to assign the winners to the educational institutions. already in September, “concludes the note.