Sunday, December 5

Education dilutes bubble groups and will allow contacts between students of various classes

One of the most relevant refers to the so-called stable coexistence groups, known as bubble groups, that is, students who are part of a classroom and only interact with each other during their stay at school. The one that was Vicent Marzà’s star measure last year, and that led to three groups per year in Infant and Primary (A, B and C), with an average of 15-17 students in each, is blurred. A) Yes, we return to the prepandemic ratio, with an average of 25 schoolchildren per class, or what is the same, to the traditional A and B.

And not only that, the protocol allows interaction between groups of the same course, especially in outdoor activities, such as recess, sports activities or projects. «In this way, the limitation of contacts is made more flexible, but the limitation of other interactions is maintained», Adds the document of protection and prevention against covid for the educational centers of the Valencian Community, established jointly by the Ministry of Education and Health.

On the other hand, given that all teaching and non-teaching staff in educational centers will already be vaccinated before the start of the next course, teachers, regardless of their specialty, will be able to enter the classrooms of stable coexistence groups, maintaining the measures prevention and hygiene and interpersonal distance of 1.2 meters with the students.

Of course One thing is theory and another practice because the meter and a half between the students’ desks is more complicated to fulfill in classes of 25 students than of 16. Again, bobbin lace to maintain the distance.

Rules in the schools of Alicante, Valencia and Castellón for the next academic year

Hand hygiene

What is maintained compared to the past year are personal prevention measures, so that frequent and meticulous hand hygiene will be performed, at least, at the entrance and exit of the educational center, before and after the playground, eating and always after going to the toilet, and in any case a minimum of five times a day, according to the protocol.

The mask will be mandatory from 1st year of Primary, children under 6 years of age are exempt


With respect to The mask, its use will be mandatory from 1st year of Primary, regardless of maintaining interpersonal distance or belonging to a stable coexistence group. In the same way, the cleaning, disinfection and ventilation protocols of the schools are followed, as well as the figure of the COVID responsible and the guidelines in the dining rooms and in the school bus service.

To avoid crowds, staggered entrances and exits of the educational center will continue or several doors or areas will be enabled to avoid a tumult of people at the time of dropping off and picking up their children at school.

In addition, “communication with families by telephone, email, messages or ordinary mail will be prioritized and telematic procedures will be facilitated.” Of course, parents may enter the school building if the teachers or the management team so consider, “always complying with prevention and hygiene measures and, in no case, if they present any symptoms compatible with covid-19 », Adds the protocol.

With all this planning and the battery of measures, the Ministry of Education trusts that, in the words of Marzà, «next year the educational centers will continue to be the safest socialization spaces», Where only children under 12 years of age will remain unvaccinated.

And the cast? Giveaways, new groups or those from before the covid

One of the main questions among the management teams of the schools was how to organize the distribution of students in the classes again. As last year passed from 25 to 16 students and from two to three classrooms per year -from A and B to A, B and C-, there was a separation of students that resulted, in many cases, in complaints from parents when they do not understand the criteria that had been followed.

In addition, the decision was made at the beginning of September, a few days before the start of the course, with no room for changes and little predisposition from the management. Now, they have been more forward-thinking, they have opted to avoid themselves headaches and the majority of schools in July reported the return to the prepandemic situation, that is, two classrooms per year, and the decision taken.

In some cases it has been chosen for students to return to their previous classes – those who were in A to A and those from B to B-, while in others they have chosen to create new groups, either by lottery or by election. tutor, so that a student who was in A before the pandemic goes to B.

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