Near 7,000 secondary school students students return to schools this Thursday after having been with distance classes since January 11, in Monday is the turn of 8,700 students of the third cycle.
The Regional Government of Madeira decided on January 11th to suspend the face-to-face classes in the archipelago for secondary education and 3rd cycle due to the increase in cases of Covid-19. Face-to-face classes were only maintained for all other levels of education – day care centers, kindergartens, pre-school, 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, professional and special education.
Schools of other grades of education thus kept their doors open, with the obligation to comply with preventive measures, with total school closures due to cases of Covid-19 being occasional exceptions. As a rule, the classes and contacts identified were confined only.
The decision to resume face-to-face classes this Thursday for secondary education and 3rd cycle comes after the vaccination of “all educational staff in the region” has been implemented.
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According to the Secretary of Education for Madeira, Jorge Carvalho, the vaccination process for teachers and non-teachers should be concluded by the end of this week, with the administration of 6,000 doses to teachers and employees of the educational community.
Thousands of students from schools in the region are also being tested, Jorge Carvalho said on Tuesday, aiming for a “return in safety and tranquility”. The minister informed that, after the students of the secondary and 3rd cycle, “the other degrees of education, which have always been on-site” in the region, “will also be tested”.
The Council of the Regional Government of Madeira this Thursday should determine some rules to be respected by the students and the respective schools that are now going to resume the activity.
According to the most recent data from the Regional Health Directorate of Madeira, the region has registered 8,511 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of these cases, there are 8,098 patients reported to have been cured and 71 deaths. Madeira currently has 342 active cases.
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