Coronavirus in Argentina | Government plans to return to school: staggered return and symptom search protocol


The return to school, after more than 90 days of quarantine, begins to take shape although it is still very far away. To go one step further in what will be the return to the classroom, the government made progress on Monday in creating a series of protocols, after a meeting in which the Federal Health Council (COFESA) participated; the Federal Council of Education (CFE); the Minister of Health Ginés González García; and that of Education Nicolás Trotta. The objective: to guarantee a “safe return”.

The package of measures is reported to be at a “advanced manufacturing process ” and foresees, among other aspects, the return to classes in stages. This means that it will materialize to the extent that the epidemiological situation of each region is analyzed.

In addition, the opening of schools and educational institutions will include the implementation of a “symptom search system” to activate detection and isolation protocols in a suspicious case.

Meanwhile, the possibility that all teachers have the anti-flu vaccine as a requirement for the development of the activity. Also that children and adolescents have the Immunization Schedule up to date.

From the meeting, chaired by teleconference by González García and Trotta, the holders of the health and education portfolios of the 24 jurisdictions of the country participated, with whom they analyzed the protocols and coordinated joint actions.

During the meeting, the Minister of Health considered “important to strengthen vaccination actions through the educational system “to avoid foreseeable diseases.

For his part, Trotta argued: “We must bring peace of mind to the educational community and families with robust and finished protocols for the return to the classrooms, which are nourished by the joint work and the recommendations of the experts in all the areas that concern us “.

In this way, he considered that the process “demands consensus among all the actors in the system”, and emphasized as fundamental the coordination between “school and health centers”, as well as the training of the sectors involved and access to “transparent information”.

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