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Back to face-to-face classes in São Paulo: no standard authorizes



São Paulo – The face-to-face high school classes in the State of São Paulo had a return authorized by the governor, João Doria (PSDB) and the mayor, Bruno Covas (PSDB). The measure began to take effect on Tuesday (3), for public and private institutions. However, the decision is optional: students and parents can choose to maintain classes at a distance.

Face-to-face activities have been suspended since March due to the covid-19 pandemic, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. The return was criticized by teachers who fear that they will be coerced into returning, even during the pandemic. Brazil has more than 160,000 deaths from the disease and the state most affected is São Paulo, with almost 40,000 deaths, according to official data.

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The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) criticized the government’s measure and now helps professionals who want to maintain their health and physical integrity.

“The face-to-face activities at this moment are voluntary: for parents and students; they are not mandatory for the development of curricular activities, which continue under tutelage; they are exclusively for extracurricular activities, such as reception and reinforcement; they can only happen if the school community is consulted and agrees with this return; they can only be developed following all the health security protocols ”, says Apeoesp, in a note.

Therefore, the union argues that “state schools are not authorized by any rule to return to regular classroom activities, and teachers are also not obliged to return”.

The organization also recalls that, due to municipal decisions, more than 280 cities in São Paulo rejected the early return to face-to-face activities. “Any teacher who suffers an unlawful constraint to return must seek Apeoesp’s legal counsel to defend their right to remain in telework,” he adds.

Without control

Among private schools, according to a report by the Estadão, who heard more than 40 institutions in the capital, a quarter did not return to face-to-face activities. Among those that rejected the return are elite schools such as Santa Cruz and Bandeirantes.

The Intersectoral Collective, which gathers forums, councils, members of regional networks, workers from educational, socio-assistance and health units in São Paulo also spoke out against the return. According to Fiocruz projections, the pandemic in Brazil is not controlled. On the contrary, São Paulo, for the first time in over a month, recorded a growth trend in cases and deaths by covid-19.

“We express our defense to the face-to-face return of activities only through security for all involved. For now, given the absence of demonstrated guarantees, we charge the constituted authorities, the legislature, executive and judiciary, to respond to the responsibility that corresponds to them ”, says the entity.


Among the parameters required by the collective for the safe return to face-to-face classes are: “Provide resources and conditions to control the pandemic, reduce new cases of covid-19 to less than one new case for every 100 thousand inhabitants, which here in the capital means less 120 new cases per day; establish immediate articulation of protocols and unified actions at intersectoral level, in each territory of the city ”.

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Argentines say goodbye to Maradona at Casa Rosada




São Paulo – Thousands of Argentines are gathered in Plaza de Mayo, in the center of Buenos Aires, to bid their last farewell to former player Diego Maradona, the greatest Argentine idol. The body of the world champion has been being watched, since the dawn of this Thursday (26), in Casa Rosada, headquarters of the Argentine government. The last personality who had his farewell at the official residence was former President Néstor Kirchner, who died in 2010.

Maradona’s body arrived at Casa Rosada around 1 am, received by ex-wife Claudia Villafañe and her daughters Dalma and Giannina. This intimate farewell also included the world champions in 1986, as well as other former players, such as defender Mascherano and goalkeeper Goycochea.

The initial forecast of the Argentine government was that the farewell ceremony would continue until Saturday (28). But, at the request of family members, the closure was rescheduled for 4 pm this Thursday.

The wake was open to the public around 6 am. The star’s coffin was covered by the Argentine flag, in addition to a shirt from the national team and another one from Boca Juniors, both with the number 10 “del Diós”.

In the beginning, there was a record of turmoil involving fans and police. Security officers try to control the crowd in an attempt to ensure measures of social distance.

In individual line, they pass by the casket of shirt 10, amid tears, clapping, blessings and thanks. Flowers, shirts and flags are also thrown towards the ace.

By 8 am, the line of fans had already exceeded seven blocks. They also wear shirts from the Argentine national team, Boca or Argentinos Juniors, a team from the capital where Maradona started playing. “It doesn’t look like a wake. It looks like the entrance to a football match ”, said journalist Martin Gonzalez, from the channel All News.

Party night

Despite the restrictions due to the pandemic, the Argentines preferred to gather, in a big party to say goodbye to the idol. During the night, fans of the star and disciples of the “Maradonian Church” started to gather in Praça de Maio.

At the arrival of Boca’s “barra brava” (organized crowd), fireworks were fired, giving the place a championship-ending atmosphere. Maradona was Argentine champion for the club in 1981, before his transfer to Europe, to defend Barcelona.

According to the public news agency Télam, judicial sources said that the autopsy on Maradona’s body determined that “acute pulmonary edema secondary to chronic heart failure” was the cause of his death.

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