School and return in presence in the red zone, “virtual” protest for high school students in Palermo

First day of face-to-face lessons also in Palermo in the second and eighth grade and at least 50% in high school, but the students don’t fit in. The reopening of the classes decided by the Government also in the red zone does not convince a part of the student population, who complain about a situation that is still not completely safe on the transport front and who are asking to conclude the school year in distance learning.

It is for this reason that on the day of return to the classroom, part of the high school students Meli, Galilei, Umberto, Finocchiaro Aprile and still others joined the protest of the Network of middle students of the Sicilian capital and did not show up at school or remotely connected in Dad, deserting today’s lessons with virtual sit-ins on the Meet platform that had already been seen in Caltanissetta in the the past few days.

“Come back like this? I’m not there”, this is the slogan chosen by the students to underline how the return to class wanted by the Draghi executive does not take into account the inconveniences related to public transport in time for Covid.

In Palermo, red zone until April 28, unless extended, 100% of middle school pupils are back in the classroom and, for the first week, as requested by the circular of the regional councilor for education Roberto Lagalla, who granted a few days in more to the principals to reach the required figures, at least 50% of high school students to subsequently reach up to 75%. The bell rings at 8 in the morning, therefore, for almost 600,000 Sicilian students who until last week were in distance learning.

An exodus towards schools that also worries the trade unions, which in a joint note signed by the regional secretaries of Flc Cgil, Adriano Rizza, Cisl Scuola, Francesca Bellia, Uil Scuola, Claudio Parasporo, Snals-Confsal, Michele Romeo and Fgu Gilda Unams , Loredana Lo Re, ask for greater attention on the transport front, the so-called “chicken coop classes” and the safety protocols to be updated within the classrooms: “We express strong concerns about the possibility of returning to teaching in the presence over 50% in schools higher for the areas in the orange zone. A need also shared by student representatives and other members of the technical table “, reads the press release.

“Returning to face-to-face teaching activities even in upper secondary school – add the trade unions – is a need strongly felt in the first place by students, but today there are still considerable critical issues related to the transport system. Despite the assurances provided by the institutions in charge, we believe that it is difficult for them to solve in a few days a problem that they have not been able to solve for months “.

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