Classes in CABA: no more asymptomatic close contacts will be isolated and bubbles will be eliminated

Back to school in CABA (Télam)

The Buenos Aires government announced the new protocols for the return to school normality from February 22, when the school year will start. The diference of the last year, Bubbles will no longer work and asymptomatic close contacts will no longer be isolated, which will allow greater continuity in assistance. For its part, the chinstrap will continue to be mandatory from fourth grade inside the classroom.

The head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the Chief of Staff, Felipe Miguel, the Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, and his Health counterpart, Fernán Quirós, were in charge of the announcement. The officials reiterated that no health pass will be requested in any school and explained that the current health situation allows progress in greater school normality.

“We need schools to get back to normal. The boys have not shared recess with boys from other courses for two years, they need stable routines and normal and fluid contact with their teachers and classmates. No school is going to ask for a sanitary pass and the bubbles are going to be eliminated,” Rodríguez Larreta remarked.

The head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the Chief of Staff, Felipe Miguel, the Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, and his Health counterpart, Fernán Quirós
The head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, the Chief of Staff, Felipe Miguel, the Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, and his Health counterpart, Fernán Quirós

In this line, the Ministries of Health and Education of the City of Buenos Aires decided on four central axes for the cycle

1) End of bubble system: The system of bubbles per classroom that was used until December of last year is eliminated. That is to say, all the spaces of interaction of the boys of different courses will be free.

2) Asymptomatic close contacts are not isolated: Isolation due to close contact is eliminated to minimize the loss of days of face-to-face classes. Faced with a positive case, families will be notified so that they can quickly warn in the event that a student presents symptoms compatible with Covid-19.

3) Care recommendations: the protocols will be adapted to this new stage of the pandemic and will be transformed into recommendations. The demarcation of the direction of circulation in the corridors will no longer be mandatory; staggered entry at the beginning of the day; bubbles at breaks; shifts in the dining room, among other points.

4) Use of a mask: will continue in the same way as last year. It will not be mandatory for boys up to and including third grade, in order to promote learning in a key stage of reading comprehension. From fourth grade its use will be mandatory in the classroom. In the case of outdoor activities, its use is not mandatory for all levels.

The Buenos Aires government announced the new school protocol
The Buenos Aires government announced the new school protocol

According to Rodríguez Larreta, in order to make the protocols more flexible, different epidemiological factors were analyzed. On the one hand, the abrupt decline in the contagion curve: last week the average number of new daily cases was 9,500, today it is 4,666, reflecting a drop of 51%. On the other hand, a reduced occupancy of intensive care beds is also observed: in the system only 21.5% of the beds are intended for patients with coronavirus.

Similarly, officials welcomed the advancement in vaccination. More than 93% of porteños have at least one dose, 89% have the second dose and 47% have the booster dose. In the educational community there is also high coverage: 93% of teachers have already completed the immunization schedule and 65% received the booster dose.

Among students, adolescents from 12 to 17 years old, 85% (201,655) have the first dose and 78% (184,241) already have both doses. While among children between 3 and 11 years old, 68% (248,084) received the first dose and 54% (196,785) already have both.



Reference-www.infobae.com

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