In letters that the regional secretary for Education and Vocational Training, Miguel Soler, has sent to schools and institutes, it is detailed that “all groups of Early Childhood Education and Primary Education will be configured as stable coexistence groups, with the ratio established by the regulations in force in the Valencian Community ”, that for these levels is 25 students, so the number of schoolchildren per classroom is expected to increase compared to the figure for this year.
But the biggest novelty regarding the bubble groups is that, although this course had to be fundamentally only with their tutor and the entry of specialists to classes has been reduced, in 2021-22 there may be more movement of teachers in the classrooms. Specifically, and as detailed, “It will allow both the specialist teaching staff and the inclusion support staff to intervene in person in the stable coexistence groups”, maintaining interpersonal distance. Thus, “it will no longer be necessary for students to be accompanied, at all times, by their tutor”, although they will continue to be unable to interact with each other from schoolchildren from different classes.
The reason for the change of organization for teachers is, basically, their immunization, which will already be complete (with the two doses supplied for the beginning of the course), in addition to a favorable evolution of the pandemic, according to all the indicators.
On the other hand, and as it happened a year ago, the Ministry asks the addresses of the centers that detail which extra teaching staff they consider will need the next courseas well as dining room monitors. In the case of concerted teaching – to which the same standards have been referred -, this reinforcement must be requested through additional hours of teaching staff within the Action Plan for Improvement (PAM) for the 2021-22 academic year.
Organization of institutes
As for the upper pre-university levels, in another letter, Soler details that, as had already been announced, “The objective set for the next academic year is to achieve the total presence of the students at all levels and educational stages”.
Taking into account that the distance between desks should be 1.2m – it is slightly reduced, since it was now 1.5m -, Education urges institutes to “Use all the classrooms and spaces they have”. “For this reason, the center’s management, in collaboration with the teaching team, will organize the largest classrooms / spaces to accommodate the groups with the largest number of students. In general, the organization of students in the classroom / group will be sought and classroom / subject organizations will be avoided ”, the text details.
If, even so, there are centers that have problems to guarantee the presence of 100% of their students in the same time slot (usually in the morning), as a last option the Ministry points out that “They should consider the possibility of organizing certain classes, levels or groups in the evening hours. This new situation should be transferred to the families in the shortest possible time ”, it can be read.
In this case, the organization does pose a challenge for the most overcrowded centers, which have the complex task of finding a way to welcome the student body on a daily basis, when this course they have been able to opt for presence as a lesser evil and if there was no other option .
This is an issue that sources from the Associació de Directors d’IES (Adies-PV) already saw feasible a few days ago, since they did not rule out that in specific cases of overcrowded centers it is necessary to double shifts (create evenings) to be able to accommodate to all the students, as this newspaper published.
In the letters, Soler thanks the teachers and management teams for the “collaboration and professionalism that, without a doubt, has been one of the fundamental pillars to be able to maintain the quality of our educational system and will also be, we are convinced, the key to the organization and the development of the 2021-2022 academic year ”.
It should be remembered that families, through the Gonzalo Anaya Ampa Confederation, have always been in favor of being present, since they consider that attending class with blended shifts (a measure adopted by some IES this course, due to lack of space) exacerbates inequality between students and also between educational centers.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.