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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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Argentine President contaminated by covid-19 and fulfills isolation




São Paulo – The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, informed on social media that he tested positive for covid-19, after showing symptoms of the disease. He said he is in isolation and has warned people with whom he has had contact in the past 48 hours. And he also reported that he had 37.3ºC of fever, in addition to feeling a slight headache.

The announcement was made this Saturday (3), the day after Fernández turned 62. “For everyone’s information, I am physically well and, although I wanted to end my birthday without this news, I am also in a good mood,” said the president.

He received the first dose of the vaccine (Sputnik) in January. The second, the following month. “I’m fine, I don’t have any symptoms. Only this fever from yesterday that I reported ”, he declared to the newspaper Clarín. “It is a very complicated virus, and the demonstration is that I got infected, even though I was vaccinated with both doses and with extreme care,” he added.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who received the second dose of the vaccine today, sent a message of support to “Daqui do Brasil I send good energy, hoping for its prompt recovery. May soon overcome this disease to continue caring for the Argentine people. Hugs, mate! ”He wrote.

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