Coronavirus: Schools Reopen in Argentina With New Safety Measures

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    After almost eight months of closed classrooms in Buenos Aires due to the coronavirus pandemic, technical school seniors were the first to return to face-to-face classes on Tuesday. “After 213 days of having the school doors closed, we reopen them today for the final (meaning senior) years of the elementary and middle schools,” said Buenos Aires Minister of Education Maria Soledad Acuña. Argentina’s school year had started at the beginning of March, but it was suspended a few days before President Alberto Fernández’s government announced national lockdown measures on March 20. Argentina ranks sixth among the countries most affected by the pandemic with more than 900,000 cases and more than 24,000 deaths, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, San Juan was the first province to resume in-person classes in August, and has been gradually joined by other regions. In the case of the capital, the return to classes came after arduous negotiations between the Peronist national government of Fernández and Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. The first stage invites the voluntary return of final year students in technical, middle and primary schools. Technical School 27 students were greeted at the door on Tuesday by staff who took their temperature, gave them alcohol gel and a mask to wear during their stay at school. All teachers were tested for the virus. Classes were held outdoors in the schoolyard in groups of no more than eight students in front of a blackboard. “It is strange to go back to class and listen to the teacher and tell him in that very moment ‘no, stop, I didn’t understand’,” said 18-year-old student Antonella Díaz Sibiloni. Under the new rules for operating, each school must have a space for the isolation of suspected cases of coronavirus. In the case of a positive case, the group to which the affected student or teacher belongs will be suspended.

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