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High Covid Case: Should I Send Kids to School? | Education

In recent weeks, the moving average of Covid-19 cases in the country has risen again, reaching more than 30,000 cases per day in early June. Many cities have again recommended the use of masks, and municipalities such as Araquara and Sao Jose do Rio Preto, inside SP, have again demanded the use of protection in closed and crowded places.

In May, private schools in Belo Horizonte (MG) announced the suspension of face-to-face classes in some classes after the Covid-19 case was confirmed. Analândia (SP), City Hall has suspended face-to-face activities of the municipal network.

Most recently, a survey conducted by a union representing teachers on the Sao Paulo State Network found that cases of Covid-19 have increased by more than 300% in recent weeks.

This raises the question for parents and guardians themselves:

Is it safe to send your children to face-to-face classes?

Pediatrician and infectious disease specialist Marcelo Otsuka is outspoken and says Children with comorbidities or other medical impairments should continue to attend classes.

“The school environment is the safest, especially for children who have already run out of vaccinations or who are going to take a second dose soon,” he said.

For the specialist, who is the coordinator of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Committee of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases (SBI), Health protocol maintenance is what needs attention at the moment Especially on behalf of adults who live around children.

“We need to keep in mind that adults are still the main culprits for the virus in children, so we need to maintain the care we already know. That way, children can continue to go to school where they should be.”

Placido de Castro City School Students – Photo: Placido de Castro Archive / City Hall

Marcelo Otsuka has strengthened it Not all children should be present indiscriminately in the school environmentSince in some cases medical analysis is required.

“Some children cannot be vaccinated, so their level of protection is low. Children with diseases such as cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, immunosuppressive diseases like AIDS, or primary immunodeficiency (those with immune system disorders and those who have immunity) get recurrent infections. For) requires more attention and relies on expert evaluation “.

Similarly, a student who has symptoms of covid or someone in the family who is infected with the virus must stay home during the isolation.

“These warnings will ensure that Kovid’s case is reduced again,” the doctor concluded.

The risk of educational impairment is high, experts say

Renato Kafuri, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist who chairs the immunization department of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, agrees. Parents should encourage their children to go to school.

“At the moment, the educational risk of being out of school is high for students. Observed in recent years, the educational damage and the current epidemic moment shows that school is the best place for children,” the expert said.

According to him, other establishments are open and if they operate without restrictions, it is unfounded to postpone face-to-face classes and return to remote activities.

“There is no point in opening football stadiums, trade and gyms and closing schools. If this is a lockdown situation, then yes, it is recommended to postpone face-to-face classes,” he explained.

“At this time of widespread transmission of the virus, we must be extra careful in all environments, including schools, and abuse non-pharmacological measures such as distance, hand washing, and the use of masks. However, stop sending children here. Will prevent a basic educational development “, he added.

Children’s School Massio Vaccinate – Photo: Pedro Farias / Ascom Semed

Also, according to experts, it is essential to complete a vaccine scheme against Kovid. “These new waves are less serious cases and less likely to cause death. Vaccines will protect children – and adults – from getting infected with the virus,” he concluded.

Pedagogy is an expert in school management in Ohana and believes that care and attention are needed at this time. He defended that In epidemics, subtle changes need to be analyzed, especially in the school environment.

“As the incidence of covid increases, it is imperative for authorities to take the necessary precautions. The main objective must be to ensure the safety of students and reduce the impact on education,” he said.

For Ohana, face-to-face class format is the best option, as long as the health authorities maintain protocol to ensure peace in schools.

“We cannot think about the academic performance of our children if there is no safety in their environment. However, this aspect cannot be ignored. Therefore, it is necessary to think together,” he concluded.

Schools must strengthen protocols against Kovid

In April, Collegio Joao Paolo II, Aracaju (SE), recorded five cases of covid among students and staff and even discussed with parents and infectious experts what protocol to adopt. The decision to have face-to-face classes was almost unanimous.

We understand that the important thing is to keep students in the classroomLearning, and still maintaining safety “, said Camilla Figueroa, the school’s advisor educator.

To this end, the school has strengthened the guidelines for wearing masks for staff and students, and has taken alternate breaks between classes to avoid clutter.

“It’s simple care that makes all the difference,” says Camilla

Although some parents suggested returning to remote classes, the decision was to strengthen care and control.

“Our staff checks twice a month and follows the health guidelines. For students, we rely on the cooperation of parents to instruct and strengthen the importance of maintaining care. Follow the educational content at home and through the materials available on our platform. To be able “, he explained.

Another factor that led the school to make face-to-face class decisions Decreased student learning during distant class months.

“In 2020 and 2021, we noticed that student participation and learning rates declined significantly, although we have adopted a practical and interactive tool for classes and activities during this period,” he says.

The advisor said that the students were more participatory, but it was possible to feel the effect of being away from the classroom for a few months.

“We noticed that students lagged behind in writing and reading, others who became introverted or had difficulty concentrating. Returning to face-to-face classes was essential to reverse these problems and going back to online activity could be even more detrimental to them,” he said.

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