The terrible doubt that a year has passed in vain. Just do a little press review on the sole that is ready to start again and you realize that the articles are identical, the same as a year ago, only with the news of the Green Pass, yet last year we kept repeating that it would never happen again, even that those who ruled were too clueless and for that there would be a need for a replacement with “best”.
Now there is the vaccine, it is true, (even if 138,435 teachers, 9.55 percent, have not been vaccinated) and the obligation of Grenn Passa but there are contradictions: just to give an example, the cleaners, the canteen and educational assistants they are not obliged to have the green certificate. But what worries most is the replacement of those teachers who decide not to get vaccinated (while as always in recent years there is no staff and while the cynical lottery of alternates remains in the hands of the algorithm).
“The mechanism of substitution of the teacher who will not be able to enter the school without a valid Green Pass is difficult to implement – pointed out Antonello Giannelli, president of the National Association of Principals -. It is unthinkable that an alternate will accept a replacement call without having certain information on the term of the contract. The assignment could in fact last only one day, since the holder could present a valid green pass the next day. The same applies to the suspension on the fifth day. If the suspended teacher shows up the day after the suspension with a valid certification, he can return to service “.
But is vaccination enough? No, that’s not enough. The usual points are always missing, the ones that we continue to read everywhere since the beginning of the pandemic. The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi try to reassure everyone by repeating that the overcrowded classes (the so-called “chicken coop classes”) represent 2.9 per cent, and are found above all in the technical institutes of large cities, yet the parameters for defining the maximum capacity of a class (18 pupils per childhood, 15 in primary school, 18 in middle school and 27 in high school) do not guarantee safety against the pandemic if they are not accompanied by masks, social distancing and good ventilation. The scientific data say so.
Leaving aside the transport masks the government has decided to delegate a lot to the Regions, once again trusting in staggered hours for high school admissions. Pino Turi, of the Uil Scuola, does not seem too optimistic. “All these transport promises will melt like snow in the sun. – reads a statement – The problem of the percentage on buses or on the subway must be certified by someone. These are all operations carried out behind the desk without calculating the need for staff to control the number of those who board buses or trains ”.
And the ventilation? Here, really, we are year zero: the ministry specifies to open “at the same time one or more doors of the windows and / or any balconies and the door of the classroom intermittently or continuously”. The issue of monitoring, ventilation and purification in classrooms and common places of schools has once again been totally eluded by the CTS to date, despite the great amount of scientific evidence. Biden in the USA and Merkel in Germany have been taking action in this direction for some time, but now we are on the first of September and they will say that it is too late and that it costs too much. On the other hand, how much does a school cost that still risks returning to dad is a topic that, exactly like a year ago, seems to be of very little interest.
Good luck, in short. Good luck in school, not just to students.