Covid at school, a positive in the classroom: what to do? Dad, quarantines and tampons: what the protocol provides

Covid at school, a positive in the classroom: what to do? Dad, quarantines and tampons: what the protocol provides
Covid at school, a positive in the classroom: what to do? Dad, quarantines and tampons: what the protocol provides

Not even the time to start with face-to-face lessons throughout the Peninsula which, as expected, it is already time to test the new anti-Covid protocols for schools. Yesterday in Bolzano, where the school year began on 6 September, the first 8 classes have already finished in quarantine. A situation to which, given the wide circulation of the virus, it will be necessary to get used to it as soon as possible. Teachers, students and parents in practice must be prepared to return to Dad, even if only for short periods.

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Covid, what happens in case of infection at school?

WHAT IS THE PROTOCOL IN THE CASE OF POSITIVITY OF A STUDENT OR A TEACHER?
Nothing new compared to the end of last year. The ordinary procedures for the management of possible, probable or confirmed cases of contagion, to be implemented in collaboration with the local Asl are those reaffirmed by the Technical Scientific Committee in July. “In the event of symptoms indicative of acute respiratory tract infection of staff or students, the specific procedure must be activated immediately – reads the report n.34 of 2021 – the person concerned must be invited to reach his home and the reporting and contact tracing procedure by the competent ASL “.

Having ascertained that the pupil, the teacher or the school worker must stay at home at this point, the procedure for reconstructing the contacts begins. There are two possibilities: subjects exposed to a contact classified as high risk (i.e. the so-called close contacts, which include for example the classmates of the infected pupil) and subjects exposed to a low-risk contact (i.e., as clarified by the Ministry of Health, that the exposure – with or without mask, with or without spacing, outdoors as indoors – lasted less than 15 minutes).

HOW LONG DOES THE QUARANTINE OF A CLASS LAST?
At that point, all close contacts are isolated and, therefore, the class ends up in quarantine With vaccinations for over 12s, the rules for home isolation have changed. In fact, in addition to the classification of the contact risk, the duration of the quarantine also changes according to the vaccination status of the subjects involved. If both vaccinated students and those who have not completed the vaccination cycle, there is no obligation to quarantine in case there is a low-risk contact with a positive, things change in the case of direct and prolonged contacts. As a classmate in fact.

However, if the student who has come into contact with a positive has been vaccinated for more than 15 days, he must remain in quarantine at least 7 days from the last exposure to the case. At the end, before returning to class, however, he will have to perform a molecular or antigenic swab and obtain a negative result. If it is not possible to perform a test between the seventh and fourteenth day, the doctor and the ASL can consider ending the quarantine period after at least 14 days from the last exposure to the case, even in the absence of a diagnostic test. As for unvaccinated pupils who have had close contact with a positive, the procedures are the same but the times are getting longer. The quarantine must be at least 10 days after the last exposure to the case.

Obviously, whether an entire class or half is staying at home, the school will immediately have to start distance learning again for as long as necessary. Moreover, also in the mixed version because, in fact, vaccinated pupils have a shorter quarantine than non-immunized ones.

ARE SCHOOLS READY TO RETURN TO THE DAD IN CASE OF NEED?
The answer is Mario Rusconi, president of the National Association of Presidents of Rome and vice president for Lazio. «From a technical and technological point of view, the schools are ready. A lot of funds have come in for digital infrastructure. I don’t think there will be any particular problems. On the other hand, however, we have not been able to make better use of the possibilities given by Dad. Now the teachers continue to lecture in front of a computer as if they were in the classroom. But we would have liked new tools available. An online library divided by disciplines, for example, which allows all teachers to easily integrate 10 minutes of classical explanation, with a documentary, perhaps in English, or slides, photos and newspapers ».

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