Will we be able to return to the classroom on December 4th or in any case before Christmas? This is the question that many are asking in view of the expiry of the Dpcm next December 3. From Di Maio to the principals, many make them feel the need to get the children back to school as soon as possible.
With the Prime Ministerial Decree of November 3, Italy was divided in color on the basis of epidemiological risk. Currently in red zone the Regions of Abruzzo, Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, the Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Campania, Tuscany; in orange zone Basilicata, Liguria, Puglia, Sicily, Umbria, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche; in yellow zone Lazio, Molise, Autonomous Province of Trento, Sardinia, Veneto.
The didactic activities in presence are suspended from the second grade to the fifth grade of the high school in the red areas, from the first to the fifth grade of the second grade secondary schools in the yellow and orange area. There are also some exceptions such as Campania which has suspended the activities in presence from kindergarten to high school and which awaits the outcome of the screening tomorrow for a partial return of children from kindergartens and primary school classes from 24 November. Or like Umbria which, despite being in the orange zone, has also provided Dad for all middle schools until November 29th. Closed schools: all ordinances and measures by region.
And then there are still more local exceptions, like the Municipality of Pagani (Salerno), which with an ordinance of November 19 ordered the closure of schools until January 11. And again, the Municipality of Gravina in Puglia which has ordered the closure of all schools, including those of childhood until December 3, because the infections would be “out of control”.
But will it be possible to get the children back to the classroom on December 4, or at the expiry of the Prime Ministerial Decree of November 3, considering that a few weeks later there will be the Christmas holidays, and given that the epidemiological curve does not seem to change at the moment?
Everyone agrees: school is a priority
From politics to principals, the voice is univocal: the priority is to allow students to teach in the presence of students as soon as possible. While the minister Lucia Azzolina reassures: “We are working for this, I have never said that the date of December 4th is too close to plan everything”, suggesting that a return directly in January is anything but obvious.
“It is the concern of the entire 5 Star Movement to reopen the schools, in total safety and respecting the anti-covid rules, as soon as the conditions are right. We must allow all our students to attend the lessons face-to-face, ”says the Minister for Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, defending the work of the Minister of Education.
Comes from the mayors of Capergnanica (Cr) and Castelleone (Cr) Alex Severgnini and Pietro Fiori the appeal to governor Fontana so that he can bring back at least the middle school children.
“The coordinator of the Cts Miozzo and the president of the principals association are right: the reopening of schools in maximum safety must be the priority of politics and institutions”, is the warning of the national spokesman of the Italian Left Nicola Fratoianni, who asks: ” if something can be reopened, start with schools ”.
And precisely the coordinator of the Technical Scientific Committee Agostino Miozzo reiterates that school is not a place of risk: “We believe that schools must reopen, also because the indications that have been given, from distancing, to the use of masks, up to hygiene have been put in place. All elements that reduce risks “.
According to the president of the PNA Antonello Giannelli “It is unthinkable to finish the school year like this” in distance learning, and asks to “get busy, otherwise there will be no conditions for reopening or we will end up opening and returning immediately after localized closures”.
“Closed schools are a defeat for everyone”: Riccardo Nencini, the president of the Senate Education and Culture Committee, says, adding: “There is no restart if the school does not occupy the heart of the priorities”.