The Minister of Education returns to the plan for the next school year: “We will ensure the distancing by recovering spaces in the institutes, identifying new premises outside the schools and guaranteeing more teachers and staff”. And on the masks over 6 years: “We will re-evaluate in mid-August”
“The staggered entrances are to avoid overcrowding not only in front of the schools, but also on the means of transport. We will organize ourselves trying to avoid inconveniences as much as possible and by working for age groups”. In an interview with Messaggero, Education Minister Lucia Azzolina returns to school plans for the next school year, which will start on 14 September, after the long stop in the classroom for coronavirus (LIVE UPDATES – SPECIAL) . “There are three things to do to ensure the distance and we will do it: improve and recover space inside the institutes, identify new premises outside the school, have more teachers and ATA staff”, notes Azzolina. The minister also focuses on the spaces, which are fundamental to guarantee safety: “The new generation single desks earn meters and guarantee teaching innovation. I believe they will be the priority of intervention for many institutes”, continues the minister. “The extraordinary commissioner for emergencies will help us with the purchase and distribution.”
“Mask over 6 years old? We will re-evaluate in mid-August “
School Plan 2020-21, the guidelines for returning in September
Azzolina then stresses that “we will put school-to-school solutions into practice together with the regional tables that have already started.” As for the restart, “the first of September the institutes will already be open to teach those who have remained behind and those who want enhance learning. Then the official start of lessons on the 14th. ” As for the possible obligation of the mask for those over 6 years old, “the Ministry of Health has already said that it will re-evaluate the measure in the second half of August”, reiterates the owner of the instruction. On digital teaching, “it will have a regulatory framework, we will define a standard,” says Azzolina. “School directors and teachers will be able to use it in a complementary way. But let’s just talk about second grade secondary schools. ”
The Minister of Education stresses that “there are three things to do to ensure the distancing: recovering space in institutions, identifying new premises outside school, having more teachers and ATA staff”
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.”
Minister Azzolina, families want to know more about returning to school in September. Do we want to make a point on what certainties are today? We return to class on September 14th. But then – online teaching, masks … – what else? “To families I say that in September you can go back to class safely”, replies the Minister of Education, who accepted the request of the Messenger to make an exhaustive point on what millions of Italian families will find in September, announcing, among other things, the decision to review the entry times “according to age groups” in an anti-gathering key. «There are three things to do to guarantee the distance and we will do them: 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 ».
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And what can be said about the mask today: will it really be mandatory for all “over six”? “The Ministry of Health has already said that it will reevaluate the measure in the second half of August.”
Could it be that there was a problem of an excess of communication, in the sense that hypotheses were communicated in flurry, rather than a few but clear certainties? «There are European countries that have announced the reopening of schools and then backed down a few days before. How would it have been commented in our country? I think we need a truth speech: the pandemic has overwhelmed everything. Not only in Italy. I add: we do not confuse the official information of the Ministry with the indiscretions or the drafts that are often read and interpreted superficially. Confusion is fueled by those who seek consensus. Collaboration is needed on the school ».
In the inevitable controversy of these days, have you felt supported by your colleagues in government? “Absolutely yes. School is a government priority. In these days the ministers have supported me in the request to guarantee a billion euros more for September ».
Disused buildings to be reactivated, teachers to be found, schedules and environments to be reinvented: all in just two months. Will the schools make it? «There are shared guidelines. And there is money. Now there is work to be done. From this week I will be on the territories to lend a hand and check that the work is going on. Everyone will do their part. “
To ensure the spacing, new furnishings are needed, first of all the single benches. But every year the schools are left without: who will buy them if the local authorities are always in trouble? «There are schools that have decommissioned rooms, for example a classroom which has been unusable for years due to maintenance problems. It is unthinkable that in September it is still closed. As for school furniture, the new generation single desks earn meters and guarantee teaching innovation. I believe they will be the priority for many institutions. The extraordinary police station for emergencies will give us a hand on purchase and distribution ».
We have seen all the futuristic renderings released by President Conte: but how many students will really be able to enjoy brand new classrooms? «Futuristic rendering? Those are images of Italian schools. Schools that thanks to autonomy have been able to design. Our job is to help those who are left behind. We now spend the resources well, investments can be made that remain for years ».
According to the ministry estimates, to date 1 million 200 thousand students according to anti-Covid-19 standards, do not have a desk in the classroom: where will they study? «We have built a digital system to have numbers on space and organization in real time. There was nothing like this before. This is the starting situation. The arrival one, I have already said, will be a classroom for everyone ».
What does lecture in cinemas or theaters involve? Who will think about moving and cleaning the premises? «Cleaning and hygiene are the priority. Here too there are the necessary resources. And an information campaign will be needed for students and families. Even just washing your hands is not an obvious gesture when it comes to minors ».
How will the shortage of teachers be remedied? Many rankings are also sold out for substitutes: will there be a greater use of calls from new graduates to the first experience (made available)? «We are working to update the rankings of the alternates and to digitize them, which had never been done before. This will allow us to have the teachers we need and to be able to assign them more quickly. Let me say one thing about substitutes: if they have increased over time, it is because no competitions have been held. And certainly not from this government which, instead, has banned 78 thousand seats “.
To strengthen online teaching, which may be necessary in the face of the criticalities of distancing, what will the ministry do? «Digital teaching will have a regulatory framework, we will define a standard. School leaders and teachers will be able to use it in a complementary way. But let’s just talk about second grade secondary schools. “
Didactics, even with the possibility of reducing teachers’ minutes of lessons, how much will Covid 19 suffer? «Teaching is not just taking frontal lessons and notionism. In September we will experiment with innovative forms of education that even in Italy some institutes have been using for years and with satisfaction ».
One last question, minister. The staggered entrances. His colleague Speranza also spoke to our newspaper: who will actually decide the entry times? For those with more children to accompany to school, is there no risk of aggravating families even more? «The staggered entrances are used to avoid overcrowding not only in front of the schools, but also on the means of transport. We will organize ourselves trying to avoid inconvenience as much as possible and by working for age groups ».
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After the rejection by Regions and Municipalities and the protests of parents, the guidelines for returning to school change. Official the date of September 14th for the first ringing of the bell. Among the main changes, the additional billion of resources snatched from the governors and supported by Minister Azzolina for the enhancement of teaching staff. This figure adds up to the billion and a half already allocated in the Relaunch Decree. After the standoff with the principals, the management of autonomy also changes. It will be the central government to take responsibility for the reopening of school directors. The proposal of the classes in the middle has been discarded: they will all return to class, unlike what was initially asked by the Ministry. The criterion for distancing also changes: the MIUR introduces that of the “mouth rhymes” that is, the distance between the mouths of the pupils must not be less than one meter. Instead, the extension of the school week to Saturday remains confirmed. The mask node, on the other hand, will be dissolved by the expert committees of each Region in September, always based on the number of infections. The space in the school buildings to guarantee social distancing will be monitored through the so-called “dashboard”. A registry updated at provincial level to register the available classrooms.
The Italian schools they will reopen on September 14th but the first and perhaps the only person who should go is the (in) competent minister, Lucia Azzolina, already rejected chorally by students and parents and yesterday protagonist of a terrifying press conference alongside an embarrassed Giuseppe Conte. The memorable message sputtered by Azzolina is that the schools, as she dreams of them, must be “beautiful and colorful”, “of each and every one” … to the point that the students are “sad when the time comes to return at home”. Something not to be believed, in front of which even the fact that the places of learning are proof of Covid-19: a little money (another billion) will be given by the government, but the bulk of the responsibility will continue to fall on local authorities and in any case always if at the end of August the Technical-Scientific Committee has given a positive opinion. Because then the government of Giallorossi he relies on luck, vanity and the commissioner’s dictatorship of doctors. This is not great news, we already knew it because it had been put in black and white in over 50 pages of guidelines full of health obligations and child psychology (most popular word: «serenity»). Nonetheless, yesterday the Prime Minister and the Minister decided to embroider a belated and exhausting couple drama on it which resulted in the supercazzola summer, a huge and cloying sample of platitudes declaimed with tones swollen by figures that suit the comic genre.
The comedy, light and elusive, aired as always for the benefit of reunited cameras, closed box and with Azzolina who once again decided to mortify the vowels and logic, the patience of the listeners and even the sense of modesty of a Prime Minister who had to feign interest in the vacuous warbling of a woman in obvious confusion. The “la”, to be honest, he offered it starting with the usual emotional appeal – «we did not choose the light heart closures … the decision hurt us …» – but not without a rare glimmer of self-criticism: “Distance teaching was a necessity we weren’t prepared for”. We would have expected, if not exactly an apology, at least a minimum of prudence also from her, perhaps the admission of having acted late and under the weight of the controversies triggered in recent days with the region presidents amazed by so much improvisation and by a denied blame in monolithic form. Instead nothing. Beyond the few and notorious factual communications (the money that will be diverted to local authorities for interventions in derogation on school construction, the high percentage of the imaginary money of the Recovery fund to be allocated to the “school chapter”), Conte immediately lost in its dialectical arabesques conjugated to the future and centered on the verb want: «We want to fight educational poverty» … «We want to promote digital competence», «We want to be very ambitious and we will never lower the attention threshold because we do not tolerate the chicken coop classes ». With these assumptions, Azzolina took the stage for herself and with the depth of a scenographic hardcover she inserted the pearls available. So she told us that the world of school is at the center of her thoughts, that she “loves” school and is proud to have kept it open even these days (for face-to-face state exams), which will keep the classrooms clean by investing million in sanitizing products, which will guarantee respect for social distances and staggered entries. But above all Azzolina wants to transform the magnet of the pandemic (and its government to manage the emergency, but this could not be said) in the opportunity to build a new model to “make school out of school”: in cinemas, theaters, libraries, archives (?) and to the park “if the weather is favorable”. That is, things that are already happening or fall back at low cost and high rate of imaginative laziness.
If only the minister had limited herself to the promise of other hires (50 thousand on a temporary basis) and appropriate increases in salaries, she would have replied without being too noticed a pattern confirmed by generations of ministerial tenants. He preferred to philosophize in his own way, with a formula halfway between the comic curtain and the theatrical interlude. But he wanted to be very serious and appear inspired by his obtuse fanaticism, while he produced himself in the prefiguration of “new learning environments” to invest in (accompanied by repertoire images with creepy design chairs); while flautava on an unspecified «new and more modern teaching» coming soon; while he suffered “for those who have suffered the most, kindergarten and primary school children”. The culmination of the recitina from the end of the school year, just before the ecstatic vision of the colored school buildings, when Azzolina he assured that from the first of July he will turn “with love Region by Region, building by building, because I love school and I want to scream it … ». Studying in silence no, this is not yet ready, we will talk about it again in mid-September.
(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 26 – “All the scenarios elaborated by the
technical-scientific committee advise against the reopening of the
schools, if we do not want to frustrate the efforts made by millions
of Italians and put the health of many at risk. From Minister
Education is a great pain, for me, having to keep them
schools closed. But the sense of responsibility imposes it on us. For
leave again, tomorrow, stronger “.
Education, Lucia Azzolina, after the words of Prime Minister Giuseppe
With you. “We need to work quickly for September. We are
doing. We will soon have the first proposals. “