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When does school start again and how the new quarantine will work in the event of a Covid positive

When does school start again and how the new quarantine will work in the event of a Covid positive

Schools restart in attendance between 7 and 10 January, but there will be new rules for quarantine in the event of Covid positive, differentiated according to the school cycle.

The school does not stop. The government’s message, put in black and white with yesterday’s decree, is clear. No postponement of the return to class, nor closures of a few weeks with school days to be made up at the end of the year. The pre-established calendar is followed, with news regarding quarantines in the event of a positive Covid response. Therefore, as expected, the schools start again between 7 January and 10 January, according to the decisions taken by the individual Regions. But in short, no postponement as had been assumed in recent days. As for the quarantine rules, however, a distinction is made based on the age of the pupils and the school cycle. Also in relation to the fact that there may be more or less vaccinated in that age group, as explained by Minister Bianchi himself: “There is a different degree of protection between vaccinated and unvaccinated students, children in the age group 5-11 have a vaccination rate of 11%, while older ones are much more advanced, almost 84% have received the first dose and 75% the second“.

Kindergarten and primary school, the new anti-Covid rules

With the decree approved yesterday by the government – which introduces, among other things, the vaccination obligation for over 50s – the rules for schools also change. As for the primary school the suspension of educational activities for ten days in the presence of a positive case of Covid is envisaged. Different speech, however, as regards the elementary School: at primary school with a positive case in the classroom, surveillance with testing is activated. What does it mean? In practice, the activity in the classroom continues, but you have to take a swab (both rapid and molecular is fine) as soon as you become aware of the positive case and then repeat it after five days. If the Covid positives are from two upwards, remote teaching is triggered for the whole class for ten days.

How the quarantine changes for middle schools, high schools and technical institutes

The rules are very different when it comes to middle and high schools, for one simple reason: the age group is much more vaccinated. For this reason, the government has decided to introduce different measures on quarantine: with a case of positivity in the classroom, self-monitoring and the use, in the classroom, of the Ffp2 masks is envisaged; with two cases in the classroom, integrated digital teaching is provided for those who have completed the primary vaccination cycle for more than 120 days, are cured for more than 120 days, or have not received the booster dose, while for the others it continues in the presence with self-monitoring and Ffp2; with three cases of Covid in the same class, we go to distance learning for ten days.

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