Back to school: detailed health protocols

We know more about the start of the 2020 school year. After consultations, at the beginning of July, with the Ministry of Health and the High Council of Public Health, the National Education published on Wednesday a text which updates the protocol of the start of June 22 for schools, colleges and high schools. Some points are lightened, others reinforced, and details have been removed to allow more flexibility to institutions. The Ministry of Higher Education for its part published a circular on Thursday, concerning the start of the academic year. It specifies in particular the places where the wearing of the mask is obligatory within the universities, and the measures of social distancing which they are required to respect.

Social distancing and pragmatism

No big change for the rules of physical distancing: in outdoor spaces, students can continue to approach each other, but this time mingling between different classes. In enclosed spaces such as the classroom, canteen or boarding school, establishments must continue to arrange the premises to space occupants at least one meter apart. But when that is not possible, as in many full classes, “Physical distancing is no longer compulsory”. All students are therefore invited to return to class.

In return, students over eleven years old must wear the mask in any enclosed and outdoor space under two conditions that join those of municipalities. increasingly imposing the mask outdoors : when the pupils are moving and when the distance of one meter is not guaranteed, for example when they are placed face to face or side by side. In short, a lot of the time, in most rooms.

However, the text does not deal with meals, when the guests obviously cannot wear a mask. However, physical distancing is no longer mandatory. Contacted, the ministry indicates to return soon on this point.

More flexibility for the little ones

For the youngest, the mask is not recommended, or even prohibited for children in kindergarten. Children can still have access to balls, various games and common equipment, but the new text removes the mention of their daily disinfection or the isolation of objects for 24 hours.

As for teachers, they still do not have to wear a mask in class when they are at least one meter from their students. New: kindergarten staff are totally exempted during their course.

Higher education: “recommendations”

On the higher education side, a circular published Thursday requires the wearing of a mask in the library and recommends it “Strongly” in the classroom, “Even when physical distancing is respected”. Distancing is mandatory, which implies having fewer students per room … when universities expect a flood of new arrivals at the start of the school year. The gauge of the amphitheatres will have to “To be adapted”. Understand: establishments are invited to extend their hours or alternate distance and face-to-face lessons to depopulate the amphitheatres. To avoid dropping out, the Minister, Frédérique Vidal, asks to privilege “as much as possible” the face-to-face.

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Phase 3, Azzolina: “At school modern desks to recover space”

Interviewed by The messenger, Azzolina explained the reason for the choices made for the return to class of pupils. “The staggered entrances they serve to avoid overcrowding not only in front of the schools, but also on the means of transport – he underlined -. We will organize ourselves trying to avoid inconvenience as much as possible and by working for age groups “.

“There are three things to do to ensure distance and we will do them – added the minister -: improve and recover space inside the institutes, identify new premises outside the school, have more teachers and ATA staff. We will put school-to-school solutions into practice together with the regional tables that have already started. On the first of September the institutes will already be open to give lessons to those who are left behind and those who want to enhance their learning. Then on the 14th the official start of the lessons “.

As for the eventual obligation of the mask for those over six years old, “the Ministry of Health has already said it will reevaluate the measure in the second half of August.”


here’s what changes since September 14th

School, from distancing one meter in class at masks, but nothing plexiglass: here’s what changes from 14 September for pupils, teachers and school staff. Nothing plexiglass, therefore, but a meter away from the students. on masks in the classroom, however, we will have to wait for a new opinion from the Scientific Technical Committee which will arrive only two weeks from 14 September, the date chosen for the resumption of lessons. These are the main changes included in the final text of the 2020-2021 school plan, which today has received the go-ahead from the government, regions and local authorities.

The school starts on September 14, ok by the Regions. What changes, from masks to teaching

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The text refers to the indications of the Scientific Technical Committee according to which “the physical distance (intended as 1 meter between the pupils’ buccal rhymes), remains a point of primary importance in the prevention actions”.


It is not yet clear whether students will have to wear them during class. The Technical-Scientific Committee “at least 2 weeks before the start of the school year – reads the text – will update, in consideration of the changed epidemiological framework, its indications regarding the use of personal protective equipment”.

Distance learning

Lessons will resume in attendance except for second grade secondary schools, ie high schools, where it will be possible to provide «integrated digital teaching, where the context conditions make it a preferable option» or where «technological opportunities, age and skills of students ».


To avoid overcrowding, especially when entering and leaving institutions, “deferred and staggered” arrivals are expected, while the canteen can be organized over two or more shifts. If this is not enough, the local authorities will be able to study alternative solutions such as the consumption of the meal in single portions inside the classroom.

Frequency and lessons

The attendance at differentiated shifts and the “modular articulation of groups of pupils from the same or different classes or from different course years” were confirmed. Instead, the reference to attendance on Saturday disappeared, replaced by a «different weekly modulation of time at school. «The school institutions – it is still read – will take care to guarantee, to each pupil, the same educational offer, without prejudice to the opportunity to adopt different organizational solutions, to carry out educational or training activities parallel or alternatives to traditional teaching.».


The Plan foresees that Tables are set up in each region to monitor «the actions carried out by the Conferences of the services at a territorial level and by the various actors involved in the organization of school activities, also in order to detect any critical elements not resolved at the local level and support their resolution, taking particular care of the special needs coming from the need to protect pupils with disabilities».


The schools will organize, individually or online, specific training activities for teaching staff and ATAs on the use of new technologies in relation to the various tasks and professional skills.


In addition to the constant and thorough sanitation of the spaces, schools will have to «provide for the functional organization of the external and internal spaces, to avoid groupings or gatherings and to guarantee adequate entrances, exits, outflows and distances at every stage of the school day, for pupils, families, school and non-school staff».

Public transport

Plan «acknowledges the need to activate a special work table coordinated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, with the participation of the Ministry of Education “and of the representatives of the Local Authorities to” find specific resources that may be necessary».

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Phase 2: hairdressers will be able to open on Sunday and Monday – Politics

Possibility to open also Sundays and Mondays, separate workstations of at least two meters, waiting areas for customers outside the shop. These are some of the guidelines for hairdressers and beauticians indicated in the Inail and ISS technical document approved yesterday by the Scientific and Technical Committee in view of the reopening of the activities scheduled for May 18. General rules, INAIL points out, which concern a sector considered to be at “medium-high” risk involving about 140 thousand companies and 260 thousand employees.

“In order to ensure accessibility to services after a long period of closure and in consideration of the measures to be adopted, which will likely reduce the number of treatments simultaneously – reads the document – it is appropriate to provide for the possibility of allowing derogations from the days of closing and allow the extension of the opening hours of the premises “.

To rationalize the internal spaces and allow social distancing, experts also point out, it will be necessary “to encourage the creation of waiting areas” for customers “also outside the premises, allowing where possible the occupation of public land in derogation”. The Inail then indicates a whole series of “general organizational measures”: they range from the compulsory reservation (phase in which the required types of treatment must be “predetermined”) to the separation barriers between the various areas, from the provision of a minimum distance of at least two meters between the stations to eliminate “magazines and any other object that may be of mixed use in the room”. The temperature must also be taken for customers, given to them an “individual disposable bag / bag to collect personal effects”, to privilege payments with ATMs and contactless systems. Both for customers and employees there is obviously an obligation to wear a mask (for workers also nitrile gloves and face shields) and disposable aprons and towels must be used, as well as sanitizing the workstations and tools after each treatment and prepare dispensers with sanitizing solutions.
Experts also enter into social relations between the customer and the shop owner or employee. It is necessary, they write, “to privilege the conversation with the customer through the mirror and carry out the procedures while remaining behind the customer in all possible cases”.
A chapter of the technical document is dedicated to beauticians, a sector where “risk prevention measures from biological agents” are already in use. But this is not enough: for face treatments that require the use of steam, experts explain, alternative operations will have to be envisaged and in any case they can only be done in separate rooms. Saunas, Turkish baths and whirlpools must also remain closed and all surfaces of the beauty cabin must be cleaned and disinfected at each change of customer. Workers are expected to use Ffp2 and ffp3 masks and not surgical ones, in addition to protective masks or visors. (HANDLE).