The draft was in the works since 10 October. Distance learning starts only from the third case of positivity in the classroom for the vaccinated, from the second for the unvaccinated. The key role of testing
Three weeks after the disclosure of the draft, finally between today and tomorrow the new protocol for schools will be approved by the government (here the last full version, dated 28 October): the undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa, announces it on Radio 24.
The goal, he added, was to keep the school in attendance by limiting Dad to a minimum. The key element that remote teaching triggers only in the case of three positive people in a class, the automatic quarantine after a single case no longer triggers. But let’s see the contents in detail.
Who triggers the quarantine
It will not be the school managers, except in exceptional cases linked to urgency, who will order the suspension of lessons for a class where a positive case has been identified, but the health authorities.
This was established by the new draft of the document Indications for the identification and management of contacts of cases of Sars-Cov-2 infection in the school environment, developed by the Ministries of Health and Education, with the ISS and the Regions , which should have the green light in the next few hours. Only in the event that the health authorities are unable to intervene promptly or in any case according to the regional / PA or ASL organization, specify the text, the head teacher who becomes aware of a confirmed case in his / her school to be considered authorized, on an exceptional and urgent basis, to temporarily suspend teaching activities in the class / section / group and to transmit the initiation of the measures provided for in this protocol, both for children / pupils and for teachers who have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case (in the 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or the execution of the diagnostic test if asymptomatic), pending formalization by the DdP.
To this end, the new draft underlines how it is appropriate that gods are identified in each ASL contact persons for each school who can intervene promptly by supporting the head teacher and by triggering the tests to be carried out immediately to close contacts as a matter of priority.
What happens in kindergartens and preschools
The tables explain how to use the tests, in a systematic way to better clarify how to behave in the different levels of education. For services for children from 0 to 6 years, in the case of a positive pupil, the children will all have to be quarantined for 10 days, and take a test at the end.
Educators, teachers and other school workers who have carried out activities in the presence of the positive group will respect a quarantine that goes from 7 to 10 days if you are vaccinated (in the first case) or not. Other sections of the school won’t have to do anything. No.in the event that it is an educator or operator who test positive, pupils will always have to stay in quarantine for 10 days, while educators, if vaccinated or negativized within the previous six months, they will not have to comply with quarantine, but only undergo a test, to be repeated after 4-5 days.
If, on the other hand, they are not vaccinated or have ever contracted Covid, they will have to respect the quarantine and, before returning after 10 days, undergo a tampon. The other school operators who have carried out activities related to the positive group, or other sections or groups of the same school, will not have to do anything, as long as the anti-contagion rules have been respected.
Coa happens in primary and secondary schools if the positive is a pupil
Change management for primary and secondary schools. In case of positivity of a student,
the students who attended the same class as the positive case, are subjected to a swab: if negative, they can stay in class, repeating the swab after 4-5 days.
It should be noted that the ISS specifies that the swab should be done as soon as possible and in any case in the 48 hours following the identification of the index case. In case of further positivity, pupils vaccinated or negativized in the last six months will be monitored with tests, the others will have to go to quarantine. If there are two other positive cases in addition to the first, trigger the quarantine for the whole class.
What should teachers do instead? Teachers who have carried out activities in the same class as the positive, and they are vaccinated, they are swabed, they can go back to school immediately if negative; if not vaccinated or negativized in the last six months, they will go into quarantine. For the former the swab is repeated after 4-5 days, for the others after ten. If the tests show another positive, the vaccinated will be monitored with swabs, the others will be quarantined. Here, too, the quarantine for the whole class is triggered if there is a third case. The other school workers who have carried out activities in the positive class are simply kept under control with a swab, to be repeated after 4-5 days. While the other classes are not affected by the procedure.
What happens in primary and secondary schools if the case is a teacher
On the other hand, what does the procedure foresee if it is positive a teacher or a school operator, in elementary, middle or high school? In this case, the students of his class will have to be subjected to a swab, and will be able to remain in class if negative, repeating it after 4-5 days. If another positive should emerge, the differentiation between vaccinated and unvaccinated is implemented (the vaccinated will be able to remain, monitored; the unvaccinated will have to go to quarantine).
In case of three positives, here too the quarantine for the whole class is triggered. The teachers who have carried out activities in co-presence with the positive teacher or school operator, will have to be subjected to tests and will be able to return if negative; if not vaccinated or negativized in the last six months, they will instead have to respect the quarantine and repeat the test after 10 days, instead of after 4-5 as the vaccinated. Here too, in the event of two positives, the vaccinated will have to undergo screening, the unvaccinated will immediately go to quarantine.
The stop of the lessons is foreseen only if there are three cases. What happens to school workers who have only carried out intersection activities with the class concerned by the case? Nothing, like the other classes in the school.
November 2, 2021 (change November 2, 2021 | 14:00)
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