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‘Back to school is impractical’, teachers say to Covas secretary

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São Paulo – Teachers and education workers from the Regional Education Directorate (DRE) Jaçanã / Tremembé were unanimous in taking a stand against going back to school without effective control of the coronavirus pandemic in the capital of São Paulo. In live to discuss the health protocol for resuming school activities, the Municipal Secretary of Education, Bruno Caetano, heard that “back to school is impractical” and that the protocols defined so far “are very far from reality on the ‘school floor’ ”. In the comments of live, the positions against back to school were also a great majority.

Education professionals point out that a guarantee is needed
offer of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing for
workers and families, that the protocols elaborated from the units and
from the perspective of education workers. The draft protocol applies to
Early Childhood Education Centers (CEI), Municipal Early Childhood Schools
(EMEI), Municipal Elementary Schools (EMEF) and Youth and Youth Education
Adults (EJA).

“We don’t see any real conditions to implement the protocol the way it was organized. It seems like a bad joke to read this protocol an item saying that the floor cloths will be ironed one by one after they are washed, when we know that most schools do not have laundry facilities, no washing machine, nor iron hot. These cloths are washed by hand and are by the black hands of the women who will be the most exposed in this return, and may become statistics ”, said Grazielly Rodrigues, professor at EMEF Marechal Rondon, representing EMEF educators at DRE Jaçanã / Tremembé.

Widespread neglect

The professionals highlighted that, since the beginning of
pandemic, there was no testing for education professionals who had
contact with confirmed cases of covid-19. Not enough PPE
for professionals who needed to keep going to school units. THE
The protocol draft does not guarantee that these problems will be solved.
The secretary said that PPE purchases are already being provided and that the
schools will receive funds for that too.

Teachers also point out that the protocols
propose impractical measures, such as ensuring a meter of distance between
children in early childhood education – from zero to five years old. It even suggests
creating playpens or keeping children in cots to avoid
contacts, as well as prohibiting the use of external toys and any activity
contact.

For teachers, these measures go against the
principle of early childhood education, which proposes movement, contact,
relationship, exploration of the environment, toys and games. Besides that,
point out that younger children tend to put everything in their mouths, a behavior
natural and virtually impossible to prevent. Younger children too
may not wear a mask, as directed by the Brazilian Society of
Pediatrics, due to the risk of suffocation. Which can greatly facilitate dissemination
of the coronavirus.

“We are not going to accept that they turn our schools into a children’s warehouse, overriding the pedagogical principles of our network, to make it possible for their parents to be exploited and exposed to the pandemic to meet market demand. All of these are essential points for us to discuss a rational return. And schools do not need to be closed a week after they open, as it was in France, as it was in South Korea. It is necessary to really debate all the criteria for reopening and give conditions so that the protocol is not unrealizable and seems to naturalize the deaths of the population, ”said Grazielly.

Back to school in São Paulo

Despite the forecast of September 8, the return to school will only occur when the entire state of São Paulo is in the 3-yellow phase of the São Paulo Plan. The process will be done in three phases. In the first stage, up to 35% of students will be able to return to schools, with the preservation of a 1.5 meter distance between them, both in the classroom and in school transport, as well as in the cafeteria and collective activities. In the second stage, concomitant with the advance of the regions to the 4-green phase, of the São Paulo Plan, for 14 days, up to 70% of students return, with the same protocols. If the control of the pandemic remains in the 4-green phase for another 14 days, 100% of the students will be able to return.

Read too: Doria runs over São Paulo plan and skips quarantine phases to speed up opening

If there is a setback in a region, with an increase of
cases, deaths or hospitalizations caused by covid-19, only the affected region
schools will be closed. Even with the return to school in São Paulo,
distance learning, as part of the class process, as classes will be
reduced and there may be a relay of students in schools. The activities
should preferably be in ventilated areas, and the intervals will have
student relay. The entry and exit times will be adapted to
there is no agglomeration.

PPE and masks

The plan provides for the distribution of equipment for
personal protection (PPE) for students, teachers and other employees
schools. During the entire period of classes and school transportation
mask is mandatory. All students must use their own mugs
to drink water, as direct use of drinking fountains will be prohibited. The environments
collective cleaners should be cleaned every three hours.

However, most of the distance and hygiene measures are not mandatory, which makes the plan to go back to school in São Paulo fragile. For example, the guarantee of a distance of 1.5 meters between students, in cafeterias and physical activities, is only “recommended”. As well as encouraging hand hygiene after coughing, sneezing, using the bathroom, or touching money. It is also only “recommended” to require the use or offer PPE to employees. Check the complete protocol.

Read too: Covid-19 in São Paulo: North, South and East ends are the regions most affected

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Union denounces the death of 20 teachers by covid-19 after back to school in SP

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São Paulo – The Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) held a demonstration today (4) denouncing the death of at least 20 teachers by covid-19 since the beginning of the return to school in the state of São Paulo Paulo. The entity also accounts for 1,861 confirmed cases of covid-19 in 850 schools. The protest took place in front of the State Department of Education of the government of João Doria (PSDB), after a motorcade through the streets of the capital of São Paulo. In addition to honoring these teachers, the act also called for an immediate suspension of classes until the new coronavirus pandemic is controlled in the state.

The demonstration began in the Masp free space, on Avenida Paulista. From there, the teachers went to the State Department of Education, at Praça da República. “It is unacceptable what the Doria government has been doing with teachers. Without closing schools, keeping thousands of teachers and staff and millions of students circulating every day, many in public transport, Doria and her Education Secretary reveal themselves as they are: enemies of life ”, said the president of Apeoesp and state deputy, Professor Bebel.

The Doria government has not released records of confirmed and suspected covid-19 cases in schools for two weeks. Much less if there was a death by covid-19 of teachers, students or other education workers. In the only balance sheet released on February 16, there were 741 confirmed cases and 1,133 suspected cases.

Folly

Although it claims that back to school amid the covid-19 pandemic is safe, the Doria government has restricted access to the Education Information and Monitoring System for Covid-19. With that, the governor leaves the assessment of the resumption of activities without any transparency. Only one server from each school can be registered and access the system, both to notify suspected or confirmed cases of the disease at school, and to monitor the general situation of the pandemic in the public school system.

The Secretary of State for Health of São Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn, defended, on Tuesday (2), the closure of schools across the state due to the worsening of the pandemic of covid-19. He admitted that the increase in the circulation of people promoted by the return to school has contributed to the worsening of the transmission of the new coronavirus in recent weeks, as teachers and health experts have always said it would happen. Today, São Paulo has 17,802, with 9,910 in the ward and 7,892 in the ICU, the largest number in the entire pandemic.

“If we understand that people are threatened
against the virus, against the collapse (of the health system), we have to reevaluate
situations that could be avoided. One of them is the situation of the school. THE
The problem is not the school, but the movement of people. Teachers, students, parents
who take and bring their children. Even in public transport, the exposure that the
we end up putting people. At this point, it is worth noting that this
question of not having classes, ”said Gorinchteyn, in an interview with CBN radio.

Restrictions

In addition to the case records and the denunciation of the death of these teachers by covid-19, Apeoesp also highlights data from the Hospital do Servidor Público Estadual (HSPE) that shows the exhaustion of intensive care units (ICU) after returning to school. According to the internal bulletin of the HSPE, on Monday (1), the ICU occupancy for patients with covid-19 in the hospital is 95%. In wards, the occupation is 73%.

Yesterday, Doria announced that the entire state will enter the red quarantine phase for two weeks, starting on Saturday (6), due to the worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in São Paulo. However, he decided to keep the schools open. “Despite the restriction measures, state schools will continue to open their doors at the worst moment of the pandemic”, criticized Bebel, who guaranteed the continuation of the teachers’ strike, which started on February 8.

Teachers killed by covid-19 in São Paulo, according to a survey by Apeoesp:

Maria Inês Silva Frozel
Eda Balle Pulpato
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Cinthia Aparecida
Rodrigo Andrade
Regina Aparecida dos Santos Tomaz
Maria Soeiro
Maria Tereza Miguel Couto
Marcelo Shiroma
Antonio Cesar Pereira
Antônio Cesar Zenetti
Adriano Moraes
Ana Clara Macedo dos Santos
Paulo Henrique Camargo
Deolinda Scotti
Amauri Nicoletti
Guilherme Augusto de Oliveira Rebello
Luciani Andrade Serrão
Eliana Ferreira Boni
Luiz Roberto Oliveira

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