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Schools in Rio are reported for risk to teachers and students



Rio de Janeiro – In a traditional private school in the Tijuca neighborhood, in the north of Rio de Janeiro, teachers do not receive masks, classrooms do not have alcohol gels and even professionals from the risk group – including a pregnant teacher – are being forced to work under threat of dismissal. At a daycare center, located in the wealthy neighborhood of Jardim Botânico, in the southern part of the city, all employees, including at-risk groups, were forced to sign a document “volunteering” to work in the coming weekends and holidays, without extra remuneration, to compensate for the time the establishment remained closed. The two reports are part of a series of 96 complaints against schools in Rio, received by the Union of Teachers of Rio de Janeiro (Sinpro-Rio) since the category ended last week of almost four months of strike.

The growing number of denunciations against schools in Rio made the union, even with the end of the strike, decide at the assembly to remain in “state of health surveillance alert”. The goal is to require private schools to comply with basic safety rules to try to prevent the spread of covid-19 among professionals and students.

The reality shows that this care does not exist in numerous cases: “The state of health surveillance occurs because, as we predicted, schools are not complying with safety protocols. There are countless denunciations every day, ranging from the absence of testing, to the lack of alcohol, not wearing masks and disrespect to distance. There is also the moral harassment of schools forcing teachers from the risk group, or those who live with someone from that group, to go to work ”, says Professor Afonso Celso, vice president of Sinpro-Rio.

The surveillance of the category resulted in the explosion of complaints and caused Sinpro-Rio to file a formal complaint against an initial group of 35 private schools. Most responded to the union’s questions, but nine establishments failed to do so. Since then, the denunciations have not stopped coming and are already approaching the hundred, which should provoke a new action by the union: “We have been looking for the schools denounced and questioned the procedures. Most have responded, however, many teachers and guardians return to us questioning such responses, ”says Afonso.

Sinpro-Rio formally requested the school boards to submit a list with the names of teachers who were removed because they belong to risk groups or live with people in risk groups. He also asked to be informed when and at which location tests were carried out for the covid-19 in the professionals invited to return to work.

In addition, the Union forwarded complaints to the City Health Surveillance, the State Education and Health Secretariats, the Municipal and State Health and Education Councils and the Health and Education Commissions of the Legislative Assembly and the City Council: “We are preparing an extensive dossier on all the schools denounced and we hope that the authorities really do their part of enforcing the rules that they themselves have established ”, says Afonso Celso.

Letter to Society

Despite pressure from the media and even television advertisements paid for by school unions, most parents and guardians preferred not to send their children back to school before the pandemic ended. Aware of this reality, Sinpro-Rio sent an open letter to society to explain its position: “Unfortunately, part of the private schools decided to embark on the denialist wave of the federal, state and municipal governments, denying the lethality of the virus, placing teachers, teachers, students, students, guardians and entities of society in general at a continuous risk of contamination ”, says the document. The letter denounces “the criminal indolence of some schools that do not respect health protocols and do not respect science, and are therefore uneducated institutions”.

The union warns the category: “Knowing who we are fighting against and who is on our side is essential for our survival. Worse than the virus, invisible and deadly, is to deny it, despise it, underestimate it. We are in this struggle in which more than five million Brazilians have already been contaminated and, unfortunately, more than 150 thousand died, two crowded Maracanãs. But, we know that our biggest enemy is the denial of the lethal risk of the virus ”, says the letter.

In the opinion of Afonso Celso, pressure from school owners and collusion by the authorities combined to promote a hasty return to school: “We ended the strike because government and legal authorities washed their hands, putting the Brazilian population at risk, mainly workers and workers. We tried, until the last moment, statements by health agencies condemning this return. We only got vague answers that caused more doubts in the category ”, laments the vice president of Sinpro-Rio.

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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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