From this Tuesday, in the City of Buenos Aires 290,000 Primary students of public and private schools will once again share the course with all of his companions. This had not happened since Friday, March 13, 2020; a year and five months (521 days) ago, when the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic began.
This year, the students already attended schools, but they still did divided into bubbles. Starting this Tuesday, at the Primary level the bubble will become the degree. There will no longer be subgroups.
On August 4, the students of the last years of high school They inaugurated this new scheme, which seeks to make the learning process similar to pre-Covid times, but with chinstrap, distance, cross ventilation and isolation from suspected and positive cases of coronavirus.
On August 9, the first years were added, thus establishing the process throughout the secondary school. From this Tuesday it will be the turn of the Primary and, finally, on August 23 the boys and girls of the initial level.
On August 2, classes were resumed in the City, after the winter holidays. Photo: Andrés D’Elia
As of this Tuesday, the students of adult schools, those of the non-university higher level and of the Vocational Training Centers will also join the full presence.
“For the schooling of the boys it is very good. They regain a routine. It is important that certain rules of the educational protocol change and at the same time it is necessary to maintain sanitary measures. Kids should understand that some care conditions follow, because the pandemic did not end “, says Guillermina Tiramonti, FLACSO researcher in education.
As a specialist, he considers that the return of the students to a complete course should be included among the topics to be discussed in the class: “Today we return, and we return talking about the English invasions? No,” he says. “One has to notice what is happening, make it educational content. You cannot learn with fear, but you can learn by processing fear “, he adds regarding those students who feel fear of being infected or infecting their family before the flexibility.
Since the return from winter holidays, Classroom attendance is compulsory. Students who maintain virtuality are computed the absent, with the exception of boys and girls who have a risk condition or live with risky people. In between, there are boys and girls -and families- anxious for returning to the school model they knew, and others more skeptical.
Back to classes with full presence in Primary. Boys and girls in first and second grade will know what it is like to learn with all their classmates. Photo: Luciano Thieberger
Education expert Gustavo Iaies, director of the Center for Public Policy Studies, shares the vision that students need closer proximity to the school to think about the situation they are going through. And, in that sense, he believes that, if the expansion of the subgroups did not represent up to now greater infections at the secondary level, it is correct decision to take her to Primary.
“I have a feeling that it is very important to recover the group idea, of all together. If the Covid allows it, it is positive that this continues and remains normal, “he adds, and suggests that other districts evaluate it based on their epidemiological situation.
For now, in the metropolitan area, only the City is the district that opted for the full presence modality. The municipalities of Greater Buenos Aires continue in the bimodality and the bubble scheme.
The return of the dining room service
In Primary, in addition to the elimination of subgroups within the same grade, another novelty will be added. Will be the return of the dining room service, which will be offered in shifts and with distancing. At tables for six people, three students can be seated interspersed. As in the classroom, each student will be assigned a fixed place at the table. Students and teachers can only take the mask at mealtime and should be put on immediately afterward.
Until last week, in Primary, food consumption was authorized in full-time private schools. Boys and girls could bring food and ate in open spaces.