The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, during the question time in the Chamber, announced that a single protocol will soon be issued, valid throughout the national territory, to standardize the management of the student quarantine: “The technical table has been convened and already operational “.
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The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, during the question time in the Chamber, replied to a question about possible initiatives to ensure a homogeneous management on the national territory of the quarantine for Covid in the school environment, presented by the Honorable De Lorenzo (LeU). The minister said that soon the management of quarantines will no longer be patchy, but there will be rules valid in all regions.
“Over 93% of school staff are currently vaccinated – said the parliamentarian from Leu – In schools, the infection mainly concerns first cycle students, who cannot get vaccinated. In the presence of positive pupils, the containment measures adopted show a lack of homogeneity on the national territory. Each Region has a different protocol on the action to be implemented. In Emilia-Romagna only close contacts are quarantined. In Veneto only the infected remains at home. In Tuscany, isolation is triggered for the whole class. With the consequence of having a system that generates confusion and disorientation “. The deputy therefore asks “guidelines capable of standardizing the management of quarantines”.
Education Minister Bianchi recalled that they have been allocated 100 million euros for a screening plan of the school population, which provides for the identification of a network of “sentinel” schools. The plan provides for sample molecular and salivary tests, on a voluntary basis, conducted in the 6-14 age group. Sentinel schools will be reported by the regional health authorities, in collaboration with the regional school offices, “a campaign involves 55 thousand pupils every 15 days, supported by the commissioner structure”.
With regard to the question posed by the deputy, Minister Bianchi assured that “The technical table has been convened and is already operational, made up of the higher institute of health, the ministry of health, the ministry of education and the commissioner structure and the representatives of all the regions for the preparation of a shared protocol aimed at regulating homogeneously on the national territory, the management of contacts in Covid cases and quarantine measures in the school environment so as to reach a common regulation throughout the national territory “.