Agglomeration and lack of kits mark Covid’s 1st day of testing in SP teachers – 4/5/2021 – Balance and Health

At the moment when the agglomerations are the target of police operations because of the Covid-19 pandemic, hundreds of teachers concentrated in lines of doubling the block at various points in the city of São Paulo.

The professionals were summoned, this Monday morning (5), to a task force for testing Covid-19 conducted by the Secretariat of Education of the management of Bruno Covas (PSDB).

The initiative aims to reach not only teachers, but all workers who work in the city’s public schools. For Covas, the estimated contingent is 140 thousand people.

Buildings of the CEUs (Unified Educational Centers) were transformed into testing centers. And it was outside of them that educators were in trouble waiting for the exam.

The mass testing of professionals from the public school system in São Paulo takes place one week before the probable return of face-to-face classes at public and private schools in the city of São Paulo.

Covas, however, conditioned the return of face-to-face activities to the 12th of this month only if the emergency phase, the most restrictive measure to contain Covid-19, is not extended by Governor João Doria.

The emergency phase is in effect until this Sunday (11).

Reports sent by professionals to the sheet they realize that the queues were taking on large proportions because in some places the amount of tests was insufficient for the number of people waiting for the procedure.

According to the Union of Municipal Servers, the problem was registered at least in the CEUs of Formosa, Curuçá, Paraisópolis and Feitiço da Vila.

At the Paulistano and Aricanduva units, the professionals said that the gates were closed even with many people outside waiting for testing.

Other complaints also appeared. Educators said that people placed to screen the queues did not use enough PPE (personal protective equipment). And that they failed to establish a distance between the participants in the testing. Result: in all locations there was a record of agglomerations.

The teachers also noticed that there was a shortage of people to meet the high demand inside the buildings during the tests.

In the CEU of Butantã there was even a fight between teachers and civil guards because of a peaceful protest carried out by educators against the return of face-to-face classes without security.

The protesters were accused by the civil guards of promoting an agglomeration in the place that was also used as a testing center.

According to Maciel Silva Nascimento, representative of Education professionals at the Union of Municipal Servers, the logistics of the city hall were wrong because the scheduling was not done by a professional, but by a school.

“This testing could have been done in the schools themselves. But what we do know is that due to the reduced number of professionals to make this operational, they made groups per school, which created this whole problem ”, says Nascimento.

The testing started this Monday will be carried out until next Thursday (8). It has been divided into four time bands with a duration of two hours each over the four days – starts at 9 am and ends at 5 pm. Participation in testing, however, is not mandatory.

Nascimento says he had access to a spreadsheet that showed a CEU with up to 21 schools scheduled for four hours of blood collection. “There will be at least 1,260 tests in this interval”, he estimates. “We will have more agglomerations in the coming days”.

In a press release, the Department of Education of the city of São Paulo said that the professionals were separated into groups to be tested on specific days.

Before the problems registered on the morning of Monday, the folder had made an alert that proved to be insufficient: “it is important to observe the scheduled time so that agglomerations are avoided”.

A sheet referred the problems listed by the professionals at the testing sites to the Education Department, which has not yet manifested itself until the publication of this report.


On the 12th, the vaccination of Education professionals over the age of 47 who work from day care to high school in public and private schools in the state of São Paulo will also start.

The benefited professionals must make a mandatory registration and have active activities in the school – whoever is away, for example, to take a training course, will not be immunized.

For the São Paulo government, the first vaccination stage should reach 350 thousand professionals. The number is equivalent to 40% of workers in the sector and represents 66.5% of the comorbidities identified among those working in the state network.

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