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Protocols back to school in private schools are weak, says MPT



São Paulo – The safety protocols prepared by private schools of basic education in the state of São Paulo for back to school are “weak, very superficial” in the evaluation of promoter Daniel Augusto Gaiotto, of the São Paulo Public Ministry of Labor (MPT- SP).

On Friday (11), a virtual mediation meeting was held at the MPT between the Federation of Teachers of the State of São Paulo (Fepesp) and the union representing school owners, Sieeesp.

The employers’ union submitted to the MPT a proposal for security protocols for an eventual return to school, after the suspension period to combat the covid-19 pandemic. At the meeting, Gaiotto also said that “the document of measures should be something much more elaborated. He seems more concerned with the students, nothing says about the teacher ”.

“How is the teacher going to approach the children at school? What protective equipment will be used? Will he take the children’s notebook to fix at home? ”

Friday’s session was held to continue the request for intermediation by the public prosecutor, submitted by Fepesp in August. It has been determined that the federation and Sieeesp will return to the MPT on 25 September. In the meantime, they will hold at least two negotiation meetings, on dates yet to be determined.

Lack of consideration

“We presented recommendations for approaching and welcoming teachers and administrative staff prepared by speech therapists and psychologists, but the employers’ side did not take them into account”, says Professor Celso Napolitano, from Fepesp.

“All procedures refer to students, who can even choose whether or not to return to school. And the teacher, the teacher? And the helpers? They have to answer the call of the school, their absence can even be considered a serious fault ”.

To support the negotiations with Sieeesp, the Federation of Teachers will be based on technical note 11/2020 of the Covid19 Working Group of the Attorney General’s Office (check here: ). The note contains 25 recommendations for the work of teachers in the face of the pandemic. In addition to the health of education professionals, it presents recommendations on ergonomics, educators’ copyrights, collective bargaining and others.

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Municipal schools in São Paulo record 3 deaths and 386 cases of covid-19 after returning to school




São Paulo – Municipal schools in the city of São Paulo had three deaths from covid-19 and 569 confirmed cases among students and professionals in 256 teaching units, according to a survey by the five unions that organize municipal education workers. Some of the teachers and other education workers are still on strike demanding the suspension of face-to-face classes due to the high risk of contamination by the new coronavirus, in addition to the imminent risk of collapse in health. The Municipal Secretary of Education of the government Bruno Covas (PSDB) does not divulge the cases and says only that 12 schools had to be closed since the beginning of classes.

For workers, there are no safe conditions for resuming face-to-face classes in schools in the city of São Paulo, especially in the midst of the worsening pandemic. Among the main problems, they point to the lack of ventilation in the classrooms, materials for protection and hygiene – such as 70% alcohol gel and masks distributed by the Covas government – of low quality, impossibility to maintain the distance in early childhood education units, lack of teachers, lack of support teams.


The Covas government itself assumed that the preparation of the schools was insufficient when, two days before the return to school, it began to inform families that the resumption would be postponed, because 530 schools were still under renovation or without cleaning staff hired to work in the units.

Workers also point out that there is a lack of clarity in the protocols for cases of covid-19 in schools. In some regions, only the person with symptoms is excluded. In others, everyone who had contact. In still others, the entire school is closed. Workers attribute this situation to the dismantling of the Health Surveillance Coordination (Covisa), last year, the body responsible for defining health rules, but which today is subordinate to the Municipal Secretary of Health. And, therefore, without decision-making power.

According to the Union of Workers in Public Administration and Municipalities in the Municipality of São Paulo (Sindsep), the resumption of classroom activities in schools in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic was not preceded by a technical opinion that estimated the risks, made projections and defined clearly the procedures when cases of covid-19 appeared in schools. Sindsep says that the information was passed on by professionals from the Municipal Health Secretariat, at the Technical Desk of Covid-19, on February 23.

Political and authoritarian

The RBA questioned the Municipal Health Department four times about the technical opinion that supported the resumption of face-to-face classes in schools amid the covid-19 pandemic, but had no answer. Last year, Covisa took a stand against back to school on several occasions. This year, however, the Covas government decided that the resumption could take place even during the red and orange phases of the quarantine, when the risk of contamination by the new coronavirus is substantially greater.

“The decision of Covas and the municipal education secretary, Fernando Padula, in February, was a political decision, without a favorable technical opinion from health experts from the city itself, or from Covisa, an organ that was dismantled by Covas and lost its autonomy . Health was consulted only on the elaboration of protocols for the functioning of schools, but not on the epidemiological risks of reopening at that time. This statement belies the Municipal Department of Education, which has stated that the reopening of schools has been based on the position of the Municipal Department of Health, ”said the president of Sindsep, Sérgio Antiqueira.

Workers are studying to report the situation to the Municipal Health Council and the Public Ministry

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