Most pre-school and elementary school teachers, who resumed on-campus teaching two weeks ago, feel safe at school, despite many admitting that the rules to contain Covid-19 are not always enforced by students.
These are some of the conclusions of a survey carried out by the National Education Federation (FNE) last week, which involved 1,008 teaching and non-teaching workers.
According to the results released this Wednesday, 78% of teachers stressed that the school where they work “is organizing all the necessary aspects to ensure that it is a safe place ”, a feeling shared by non-teachers.
In the opposite direction, only 17% of teachers said they were not very confident about security measures adopted by schools due to the covid-19 pandemic.
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“On a scale of one to 10, where one is the lowest level and 10 the maximum security, only about 19% of teachers and 15% of non-teachers are below level five, which means that the vast majority at the moment she feels safe working in her schools ”, adds the union structure in a statement.
It is feeling of security is registered by the majority of school professionals, although many teachers (37%) admit that the rules are not always followed by students.
O main problem seems to be the physical distance and 80% of respondents pointed out that this measure is not respected, in addition to the use of a mask in common spaces, mentioned by 52% of teachers, although it is not mandatory at these levels of education.
In the same survey, FNE also sought to understand what are the main concerns of workers and, although they say they feel safe at school, health and safety in the workplace are the main concerns mentioned, along with overwork.
On the non-teaching side, “student behavior, remuneration and performance evaluation” is also mentioned, while teachers are concerned with “the impact of the pandemic on students’ mental health”.
At this level, 58% of teachers assumed that the well-being of students improved with the return to face-to-face education and the vast majority (92%) considered that children have adapted to return to school.
This return also had positive effects on teachers, with 33% reporting that their well-being and mental health also improved. Still, 14% pointed to the opposite effect, admitting that their well-being has worsened in recent weeks.
This consultation made it possible to establish a framework of conclusions in relation to the need to invest in improving conditions that allow the emotional well-being of all those who work in schools, as well as the need to insist on continuing to comply with all rules of conduct that protect public health, ”writes the FNE.
The union structure also asked professionals about the vaccination process, which started on Saturday, and the results point to “many signs of concern and insecurity”, but also “a positive expectation regarding the future of normal school activity.
The pre-school and 1st cycle schools opened on March 15, after almost two months closed due to the worsening of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal at the beginning of the year.
The lack of definition in schools started with these levels of education and will continue gradually until April 19, when secondary schools and higher education are due to reopen. However, on Monday, it should be the turn of the 2nd and 3rd cycles to open doors again.
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