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Private schools suspend classes due to covid cases – Rede Brasil Atual



São Paulo – Ten days after returning to face-to-face classes, private schools in the state of São Paulo already register cases of contamination by the coronavirus. In institutions such as Móbile, Santa Cruz, São Luís, Santa Marcelina, in São Paulo, and Jaime Kratz, in Campinas, all classified as elite, students, teachers and other education workers tested positive for covid-19. Meanwhile, in the public network, the Union of Teachers of Official Education of the State of São Paulo (Apeoesp) has already registered 262 cases of covid-19 in state schools throughout the state.

Despite the speech that health protocols guarantee the safety of back to school, the director of the Brazilian Association of Private Schools (Abepar), Arthur Fonseca Filho, admitted that situations like these will be recurrent as long as the pandemic is not controlled. “They will happen in all schools almost every day,” he said in an interview with the newspaper The State of S. Paulo. This is precisely the argument of teachers and other education workers, from private and public schools, who do not accept going back to school in the current situation.

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At Colégio Jaime Kratz, in Campinas, there was an outbreak. 42 cases of covid-19 were recorded, of which 37 were employees and five students. The school will remain closed until February 18th. The Sanitary Vigilance of Campinas, informed that the outbreak of covid-19 was initiated in the week before the return to the classes, in the meetings of training and planning to prepare the attendance of the protocols of health.

At Escola Móbile, in the south of São Paulo, cases of covid-19 from a teacher and a student were confirmed. All classes that had contact with the teacher, in addition to the student’s class, had to be quarantined. The board claims that there was no record of contamination at the school, as this teacher and the student had no contact. Private and public schools must operate with a maximum of 35% of students per classroom.

Colégio São Luís, also in the south zone, removed three classes from face-to-face classes after registering after the detection of cases of covid-19. Students should only return after the week of Carnival. São Luís also claims that the contamination did not occur at school.

At Colégio Santa Cruz, on the west side of the city, two cases of covid-19 were recorded after returning to school: a worker and a student. The school suspended classes for the 9th grade that the student attends for ten days. The college has 2,600,000 enrolled and is also functioning with 35% of students per class per day.

Covid-19 in the public network

Apeoesp recorded, until today (11), 262
cases of covid-19 in the middle of back to school in the state school system. The classes
were resumed last Monday (8), but teachers had to participate
planning activities in the previous week. The government of John
Doria (PSDB) does not comment on the figures raised by teachers, but closed
seven schools for covid-19 cases this week.

Teachers have been on strike since Monday against back to school amid the new coronavirus pandemic, maintaining only remote teaching activities. They highlight the strike with a sanitary action, in defense of life. According to Apeoesp, the schools were not properly structured as the Doria government says. Many of them have not yet completed reforms.

Among the main problems are poor ventilation of the rooms, small spaces, crowding at the entrance and exit from classes, expired gel alcohol, lack of bathrooms. This week, schools can receive up to 35% of students per class.

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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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