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Health will study with Education next week what the return to class will be like after Christmas



With an increase of coronavirus infections never seen so far and children between 5 and 11 years barely vaccinated at 25%, the authorities are now studying about how to resume classes after vacation Christmas. As the Cadena SER has advanced, Health, Education and Universities will debate this return to class next week, which should take place on January 10.

According to the same information, which cites government sources, it is not contemplated to adopt exceptional measures. This meeting would take place next Tuesday, January 4, at 9 a.m. In principle, the number of students per class will not be reduced, although it will be asked to reinforce existing measures, such as the use of masks, ventilation and bubble groups among the smallest.

According to the latest report published this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health, the accumulated incidence among minors between 5 and 11 years of age stands at 1,466.68 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days. Among those between 12 and 19 years of age, this stands at 1,249.73 cases. However, the group with the highest number of positive cases is the twentysomethings, with an incidence of 2,258.16.

European Press has also confirmed that the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and FP will hold an intersectoral meeting with the councilors of the autonomous communities “in the near future.”

This is what sources from the Department directed by Pilar Alegría affirm to Europa Press, after this same Tuesday the second vice president of the Junta de Extremadura and Minister of Health, José María Vergeles, announced that he will propose tomorrow within the Interterritorial Council of the System National Health (CISNS) that a joint meeting with Education can be held to address the resumption of the course after the Christmas holidays.

Ministerial sources insist that said joint meeting between the two ministries and the autonomous communities will be held “in the near future”, without giving further details in this regard.

The Ministry of Health is the one who has the competence to decide what measures should be carried out at the health level in educational centers, but these measures have to be dealt with jointly with Education in an intersectoral one, as has been done since the beginning of the pandemic.

The last joint meeting between both Departments with the councilors of each region took place at the end of May. At this meeting, which was convened to address the start of the 2021-2022 school year, it was agreed that the teaching activity would beto “face-to-face for all levels and stages of the educational system”, the possibility of making the safety distance more flexible from 1.5 meters to 1.2 meters outside the classrooms in low incidence scenarios, and the maintenance of the so-called ‘bubble groups’ from Kindergarten to 4th grade of Primary.

From the Department directed by Pilar Alegría they insist that the percentage of confined classrooms in the last week has been 1.54%, a percentage still below the high recorded when they reopened schools in September of last year, registering between 1.6% and 1.7% of quarantined classrooms.

From the Ministry they also ask not to generate “alarm” for this issue and remind that children are being infected in environments outside the educational field and that schools continue to be safe spaces.

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