School reopens without masks, over 7 million students on the desks

Tomorrow, Monday 12 September, lessons will start in 6 Regions and in the Province of Trento. The new anti-covid rules

There are over 7 million female students and students who will return to (state) school in the school year 2022/2023, many tomorrow Monday 12 September. The first to return to the classroom were the pupils of the Province of Bolzano on 5 September. From tomorrow, however, we will officially restart, according to the calendars prepared at the regional level, in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and in the Province of Trento. On 13 September it will be the turn of children and young people from Campania. On September 14, lessons start in Calabria, Liguria, Marche, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia, Umbria. On the 15th, however, they will resume in Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and Tuscany. In line, on 19 September, Sicily and Valle d’Aosta.

“I wish a good return and good work to the students, teachers, managers and all school and administrative staff, central and territorial – declared the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi – My whole Italian school goes to thank you for the great commitment lavished in these two difficult years, which will be the basis of this new school year and that return to a normalcy for which we have worked and which will finally allow us to return to look at each other, to sit closer, to resume activities and habits that we had to put aside “.

This year 821,970 girls and boys will attend kindergarten, primary pupils will be 2,260,929, lower secondary students will be 1,557,403, 2,645,849 girls and boys will go to upper secondary school. 51.1% of the latter will attend a high school address, 31.8% a technical institute, 17.1% a professional.

As regards the school staff, based on the data uploaded to the system on 8 September and being updated, in August the Regional School Offices (General Directions and Territorial Offices) continued to work for an orderly start of the New Year. According to the data available to date, which are being updated, the recruitment operations carried out in August have allowed the hiring of 50,415 teachers, 9,021 Ata (Administrative, Technical and Auxiliary staff) and 317 school managers.

Covid and school, back to class 2022: the new rules

From the mask to the Dad, the return to school includes new anti-covid rules. There is no obligation to wear masks. “Later we will see based on the evolution of the epidemiological situation”, said Health Minister Roberto Speranza, adding: “This does not mean that it cannot be used, failure to do so does not imply that the message is passed that the mask is useless. mask is used when needed “.

Personnel at risk of developing severe forms of Covid-19 use respiratory protective devices of the type Ffp2 and eye protection devices provided by the school based on the instructions of the competent doctor “, provides the vademecum sent to schools by the Ministry of Education.” Even staff who have the will to protect themselves with a Dpi can use a protective device type Ffp2 respiratory and eye protection devices, “he adds.

“At the moment people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 are tested for isolation. To return to school, a negative result of the test (molecular or antigenic) is required at the end of isolation “, we read again.

IS children and students with mild respiratory symptoms are allowed to stay in school and in good general conditions that do not have fever. As stated on the website of the ministry of education “in children only rhinorrhea (cold) is a frequent condition and cannot always be a reason for not attending or leaving school in the absence of fever”. Therefore “students can attend in presence wearing surgical masks / FFP2 until the symptoms are resolved and taking care of hand hygiene and respecting the respiratory etiquette”.

To access the school premises there are no checks on the state of health, eg. body temperature measurement. “But, if during their stay at school, the school staff or the child / pupil exhibits symptoms indicative of SARS-CoV-2 infection, he is housed in the dedicated room or isolation area, specially prepared and, in the case of minors, they must be parents warned “, reads again in the Faq. “For example, symptoms compatible with COVID-19 include: acute respiratory symptoms such as cough and cold with difficulty in breathing, vomiting (repeated episodes accompanied by malaise), diarrhea, loss of taste, loss of smell, severe headache”, is remembered.

The Positive pupils, however, will not be able to use the Dad: “The special legislation for the school context linked to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which allowed this method, ceases to be effective with the conclusion of the 2021/2022 school year”, reads the faq of the document.