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Former education secretaries, doctors, teachers and families are against



São Paulo – Against an insecure and hasty return to school in the city of São Paulo, former secretaries of education, doctors, teachers and families joined yesterday (4) in a virtual act in defense of the lives of students, families and education professionals . Concerned about how classes will resume and the risk of an explosion of cases of covid-19, the participants stressed that it is more urgent to ensure a good structure, prepare schools and guide education professionals during the next semester. And that it will be necessary to guarantee many more resources for these actions to take effect.

“You can’t go back. Families are afraid. We say that children do not learn with hunger. Will they learn with fear? Will teachers be able to teach with fear? They say they will adapt the schools. Who hasn’t been able to prune the trees, clean the water tank, clean the gutters, at the beginning of this year, will guarantee a safe return? ”, Asked former Education Secretary Maria Aparecida Perez (2003-2004). The plan to return to classes of the government of João Doria (PSDB), for the entire state, proposes the resumption on September 8.

Former Education Secretary Cesar Callegari (2013-2015) spoke out against going back to school and stressed that education will need a lot more money to ensure a safe return. “If I were a secretary, we would never resume classes this year. Resuming school activities will cost more money than usual. The city of São Paulo lost taxes and fees of around 20%. If education is not protected, it should lose about R $ 2 billion. We have to work with the idea of ​​the irreducibility of education resources. The budget for next year needs to take this into account, ”he said.

The act was organized by councilman Antonio Donato
(PT), who defended the postponement of back to school until 2021. We defend that this
semester is to prepare the schools. Sanitary reorganization. Need
time, needs investment. And also to prepare teachers and others
education professionals. All learning time is recoverable time,
but life is not. We need to give life a chance and if we open schools we will
give the virus a chance to make more victims, ”he said.

Kézia Alves, from the Council of Representatives of the School Councils (Crece), stressed that the families of students are also mostly against going back to school. And that the discussion should be about the situation of families. “I should be discussing the guarantee of food, the guarantee of access to remote education, how to care for children who are psychologically affected. We are exhausted from saying that we don’t want this back to school. And the government doesn’t listen. We talk about lives, we talk about public hearings, but it is no use ”, he said.

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Reaffirming the concern for the health of the entire
society with a possible return to school, the health doctor Gonçalo Vecina
and pediatrician Antônio Carlos Madeira, director of Hospital Menino Jesus, also
stood against the measure. “The time is not to think about opening
schools. You have to leave schools closed and work very hard to
organize schools safely for children and their families. You need to
think seriously and very consistently about how we can reopen
schools, ”said Madeira.

“We have virtually no record of child deaths. The pandemic kills two people every thousand up to 40 years. But from the age of 80, it kills 10 out of every hundred. Children leave home and go to school, exchange biological material between them and return home. And people get sick at home. Social isolation worked because they are at home. When they return to school they will naturally spread viruses, bacteria, which is the natural thing in life. If we go back to school, there will be an explosion of cases of covid-19 and other typical winter diseases. I would not open schools, I would not risk opening schools. Not for the children, but for the children’s relatives, ”said Vecina.

Purchase of vacancies

The representatives of the education workers also spoke out against going back to school and complained about the lack of transparency and receptivity of the government of Mayor Bruno Covas (PSDB). Margarida Prado Genofre, vice-president of the Union of Teachers and Municipal Employees of São Paulo (Aprofem) emphasized that schools are unable to guarantee the safety of students, teachers and families. “I know the schools. We know that there are no conditions to resume face-to-face activities in schools at this time. This if you want to preserve lives. If you don’t want to, just open schools, ”he said.

The act also marked a position against Bill 452/2020, drafted by the Covas government, which establishes conditions for returning to school. The project has already been approved in the first vote and should be voted again on Wednesday (5). The main problem pointed out is the possibility for the city to buy places in the private network of early childhood education. The opposition and workers point out that the goal is just to save the private network and that this will take fundamental money out of the public network. The PL also provides for replacement of classes, automatic approval of students, increased hiring of temporary professionals, assistance with the purchase of uniforms and school supplies.

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




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.


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.


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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