The classrooms of Infant and Primary schools have begun to empty before the Christmas holidays set as of this next Thursday, the 23rd, and the culprit, as pointed out by the centers themselves, is none other than the covid.
The progressive increase in contagions and consequent classrooms closure by the obliged lockdown of the bubble classes in which this course has been organized, all levels, from first to sixth of Primary, have contributed to generating a certain fear among families, and especially those who can afford it have chosen not to bring their children this last week of the first semester, which barely has three school days.
In a center of the province with four confined classrooms, 75% of the students have missed classes
Mostly in subsidized centers and to a lesser extent in public schools, the absences began to be noticed in advance this Monday. In one of the schools in the province consulted by this newspaper, with four classrooms closed since last week, up to 75% of the students have missed class.
“We observed high levels of absenteeism as a result of the confinement of several classrooms,” they confirm in another school.
Mouth to mouth
Directors of the centers consulted by this newspaper warn that even before the rumor of some contagion, and in advance of Public Health first and the corresponding health center later, determine if the classroom is confined, the students have stopped showing up in the center.
Parents fear that saturation of health centers will delay official communication about a possible school confinement, and they prefer to go ahead by leaving the children at home, as found in some of the schools consulted in which they assure that it is the transmission of word of mouth that causes the generalized uneasiness and absence from class.
The province has gone from 111 to 181 confined classes, half a thousand children more than the regional average
The school vaccination, which continues until the last official day of classes, this Wednesday the 22nd, has in turn encountered the obstacle of previously confined classrooms, whose students are urged to inoculate the first vaccine when the campaign of the second dose for the non-confined companions who are now receiving the serum on time.
The proliferation of positive cases among minors between 5 and 11 years of age has led to the official communication of a positive case in another of the schools on the same day the vaccination took place; and something similar happened in another adjoining classroom and with students also in a vaccination group.
Among the observations on the course of the vaccination process, in this last center they have indicated to the health authorities that the students are “recently vaccinated”, but in any case their confinement has been determined.
The current protocols indicate that vaccinated students do not have to keep quarantine, as is happening among those in institutes, where the frequency of confinements has decreased in a singular way after starting the course with already vaccinated. However, Public Health opts to confine the students from the two aforementioned classrooms because the doses arrived on the same day that the positive PCR result was obtained in two of the children, one per class.
The data provided by the Ministry of Education on the weekly evolution of the pandemic reflect, in fact, that in the last seven days the closed classrooms in the province have increased by 60%.
In the Community as a whole, it has gone from having confined 291 classrooms to 444, and in the province from 111 to 181 classrooms. The increase in closed classrooms is therefore higher in the province than the regional average in around twenty groups of students, which in global numbers implies half a thousand more isolated children due to being in close contact with some positive at school about the half.
The total of inmates before going on vacation in schools in the province exceeds 4,500 students, although the absence in classrooms is much higher as confirmed by the schools, but especially among those families that can afford to care for children at home on business days, because otherwise the absence is much less.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.