The specter of a new DPCM on Italian schools is back.
If since September the controversy over the reopening has never subsided, with regional presidents who have chosen to close them in a completely autonomous way as early as October, extending the ordinance also to kindergartens and primary schools, and great detectors who for weeks they fought to return to distance learning, now the DAD returns with arrogance and is interesting all high school students and children in classes II and III of the lower secondary school for the regions considered to be at high risk (certainly Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta, Trentino Alto Adige and, it would seem, also Calabria).
The new decree, which should come in in force on Thursday 5th November, also provides news for primary school children.
In fact, it is expected that for all students over the age of six, the use of the mask also at the desk, an obligation so far not foreseen and implemented in the Institutes at the discretion of the school director. The decision responds to the obligation to use the mask provided for by the decree in all closed places that are not tested homes.
They are excluded from the provision children and adolescents who have respiratory problems or diseases incompatible with the use of the protective device.
The new DPCM also provides the suspension of all competitions except those concerning doctors and Civil Protection. Therefore, all competitions relating to the school world also fall within the decision, in particular the extraordinary competition, already scheduled, for middle and high school teachers.
On the other hand, the competition scheduled for Wednesday 4 November, whose tests should remain valid, does not undergo substantial changes (currently, the percentage of teachers who have taken the exam amounts to 60% who, according to the Ministry, will remain valid despite the planned stop. from anti-Covid measures).
In short, a new shadow on the school that neither teachers nor most parents have welcomed, especially in light of the great commitment made by everyone – teachers, school leaders, students – to prevent the infection from spreading in school environments. A great disappointment that once again highlights how school is always the sacrificial lamb and the last wheel of a cart that struggles to find a way.