so will the return to school

Teacher training and family preparation will be essential conditions for a school to receive students again

The protocols and recommendations for returning to face-to-face classes in those provinces with limited circulation of the coronavirus include a new model of distribution of students in classrooms, social distancing, chinstraps and fewer hours in the school based on the number of groups in which the students are divided, reported the Ministry of Education of the Nation.

Also, each school must guarantee hygiene and safety measures for both teachers and students, as the normal provision of drinking water and the proper functioning of sewage.

In this way, that school that does not have these conditions will not be able to open its doors.

Teacher training and the preparation of families, especially those with children who attend the initial level and the first years of the primary level, will also be essential conditions for a school to receive students again.

“We believe that we can start classes in August in most of the provinces, except for the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires, the great Resistance and some Patagonian province like Río Negro, so in these four or five weeks that we have left we must work hard to prepare schools, teachers and non-teachers with these protocols and recommendations, “said the Minister of Education, Nicolás Trotta.

The minister, during a videoconference from the Sarmiento Palace, assured that among the recommendations made to the provinces is a new distribution of students in classrooms, based on “a bubble model” that implies leaving the traditional format and grouping four or eight students sideways, with the teacher in the middle of the classroom.

Classes could start in August in much of the provinces, according to Minister Trotta

In this sense, the head of the National Institute of Technical Education (INET), Diego Golombek, stressed “this will also depend on the physical space in each school, so it will be up to each director to adopt a model that is more in line with the infrastructure of your establishment. ”

Trotta explained that “we are going to find a different school, with a complex approach in the first years of the primary level”

And he pointed out: “We have to know how we are going to face the projected breakdown of our educational system not only from the pandemic but from all its consequences.”

The protocols and recommendations, drawn up after meetings with unions, infectious diseases, officials from other portfolios and specialists, will be submitted to the Federal Council of Education for approval next week.

Post pandemic school

The Undersecretariat of Social Education and Culture of the Nation, Laura Sirotzkyhe said last week that the Ministry of Education continue working to return “to a school that will not be the same as last March”, when it was completed three months from the suspension of classroom attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while remote classes are being held.

The official detailed the actions implemented to contain the educative community in the current context and the planning that is being developed for the day that you can return to classroom classes.

Currently, a total of 60,300 educational institutions and almost 14 million students and 1 million teachers are outside the traditional school year, which forced the adaptation of the educational system.

The Seguimos Educando program has already delivered 24 million training notebooks, broadcasts 14 hours of television and seven of radio “to reach homes that do not have connectivity” and the platform continues to feed daily with content that we continue to, which is freely navigable.


Three months have elapsed since the suspension of classroom attendance for coronavirus

In addition, “the 130 thousand tablets and computers found in December, reconditioned and with new material, are being distributed,” while “a new batch” of these devices is being produced for distribution in the country, the official explained.

Sirotzky pointed out that this context highlights “the place of the school in the organization of the home, of routines, of care tasks.”

“We all want back to classrooms“said the official and explained that, with this objective, an advisory council was created that will determine – based” on evidence of a scientific, health and pedagogical nature “- when, how and with what distance measures the face-to-face activity can be resumed.

“We know that classrooms are not going to be able to be fully occupied” to respect social distancing, so it is probable that a face-to-face scheme will be combined with a distance one.

In addition, he said that special attention will be given to the health care, to identify the population that, for example, has not completed the vaccination schedule.

“We have a deep admiration for our boys and girls. We miss them in the classroom, on the streets, in the parks and we want to tell them that it is provisional, that it will happen,” Sirotzky concluded.

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