The cases are increasing but according to what was declared by the Minister Azzolina and from premier Conte the return to school remains a priority of the government and should not be delayed with respect to the date set for 14 September (23 in Emilia Romagna, 15 Tuscany and Emilia, 7 the autonomous province of Bolzano).
Therefore, the meeting of the CTS has been set for 1 September to decide the rules for using masks in classrooms and the document has been drawn up that allows school managers to orient themselves if outbreaks develop at school. The 25-page dossier is called Operational indications for the management of cis and outbreaks of Sars-CoV2 in schools and childcare services and can be summarized in the points that we summarize below.
IF A CHILD TESTS POSITIVE IN THE TEST
The protocol to follow in case there is a suspected case of covid among students provides for theisolation of the child in a special room that schools will have to identify before reopening and taking charge of the case by the ‘internal Covid contact person’ who will be appointed at the beginning of the year. Parents will therefore be advised that in turn they will have to notify the pediatrician or general practitioner who will proceed with the telephone triage e will direct families to swab. In the event of a positive swab, the competent authorities will initiate the epidemiological investigation to establish contacts.
IN CASE OF POSITIVITY OF A TEACHER OR SCHOOL STAFF
The procedure is identical to that to which students are subjected. The suspicious person should notify their GP who, based on the symptoms, will direct them to the swab. In the event of a positive swab, the ASL will initiate the epidemiological investigation to isolate the outbreaks.
IF A PARENT OR A CLOSE FAMILY IS POSITIVE
In the event of a positive test by a parent or close family member (siblings, grandparents, husband / wife in the case of teachers …), the child (or teacher) must remain at home in quarantine until otherwise indicated and the family is asked to specify the reason for the absence to the school referent.
In these cases, classmates and teachers are not forced to quarantine and the student can continue the school with distance learning.
QUARANTINE: WHO IS IT?
Certainly positive cases and their closest relatives remain in quarantine until a negative swab. Instead, with respect to school attendance, the Covid contact person will have to provide a list of all the people attended in the last 48 hours (and in the case of a teacher, of all the classes in which he moved in the last two days) and will be the ASL to decide the quarantine procedures, evaluating them from time to time on the basis of the cases. During the quarantine, the DAD will be activated and students will be able to continue attending remote lessons.
SANITATION AND RETURN TO SCHOOL
in the event of verified positive Covid, all the rooms frequented by the child and the teacher must be sanitized.
The sick person can only go back to school in the face of safe recovery ascertained with the execution of 2 negative swabs performed within 24 hours.
HOW A FIREWORK IS DETECTED
The Covid expert is required to monitor the absence situation in such a way as to be able to identify abnormal situations with over 40% of students (or teachers) absent in a short period of time. In these cases, the competent health authority must be notified and will provide information on the procedure to be adopted. In these cases, the whole school or only the classes affected by the outbreak could be isolated. However, everyone will be asked to perform the swab with a result within 24 hours.