Covid-19: Guidelines for reopening preschoolers similar to daycare centers

Pre-school establishments reopen on June 1 with new rules, similar to day care centers and secondary schools, which reopened on Monday after being closed on March 16 due to the covid-19 pandemic. .

The guidelines for the return of children to pre-school, released today by the ministries of Education and Labor, Solidarity and Social Security, provide for safety standards similar to those applied to daycare centers, but also guidelines for explaining the new reality to the youngest .

“It is important to pay attention to their doubts and anxieties, reassuring them and helping them to understand the importance of complying with these new rules, for the safety and well-being of all,” reads the document.

In this sense, the tutelage stresses the importance of talking to children and suggests that teachers develop activities and projects about the current context, privileging activities that take place abroad, in a rotation regime of groups, and maximizing social distance.

On this point, the document states, the distance should be maximized without compromising the normal functioning of pedagogical activities.

“We cannot lose sight of the importance of children's learning and development, as well as the guarantee of their well-being and the right to play. It is also essential to consider that the interactions and relationships that children establish with adults and with other children are the basis for their learning and development ”, the document reads.

Before reopening, all institutions must update their contingency plans, including the procedures to be adopted in case of a suspected case of covid-19 and the definition of an isolation area.

To avoid crossings between people, the guidance establishes the definition of entry and exit circuits, and access to the rooms, and the creation of “dirty” and “clean” spaces, closing, on the other hand, all spaces that are not necessary for the proper functioning of activities.

Like what is currently happening in daycare centers, children must be delivered to the door of the establishment, avoiding the movement of outside people inside the enclosure, and street shoes must not enter.

Institutions should also ask caregivers not to let children bring toys or other unnecessary objects from home to the daycare center and to ensure regular washing of toys.

In the rooms, only the essential accessories for the practice of pedagogical activities should be left, reinforcing their cleaning and disinfection, and the time spent in the playground should be out of step, with the cleaning of the equipment after the use of each group.

During meals, travel to the room should be phased to reduce the crossing of children and places must be marked.

Among other measures, the guidance states that all employees must wear a surgical mask properly, but children do not, and that the space must be cleaned in accordance with the recommendations of the DGS.

It is also foreseen the possibility for the institutions to replace teachers who attest to a risk group, as was also suggested to secondary schools.

In these cases, educational establishments may replace the teacher with another kindergarten teacher who has no assigned group, resort to legal mechanisms for replacing teachers or adopt other strategies that they deem appropriate.

Portugal accounts for 1,289 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,200 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.

The number of hospitalized people dropped from 608 to 576, of which 84 were in intensive care units (minus eight).

DGS also notes that the number of recovered patients increased from 6,452 to 7,590 (+1,138).

Portugal entered on May 3 in a calamity situation due to the pandemic, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency since March 19.

This new phase of combating covid-19 provides for mandatory confinement for sick people and under active surveillance, the general duty of home collection and the mandatory use of masks or visors in public transport, public attendance services, schools and commercial establishments.

The Government approved new measures that came into force on Monday, including the resumption of visits to nursing home users, the reopening of daycare centers, face-to-face classes for the 11th and 12th year and the reopening of some street shops, cafes, restaurants, museums, monuments and palaces.

The return of the community religious ceremonies is scheduled for May 30 and the opening of the bathing season for June 6.

MYCA // HB

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