The 2020-2021 school year began this Monday in Havana, atypical due to the coronavirus. The authorities have called for extreme hygienic-sanitary measures and to respect the physical distancing established in the protocols.
Students must carry up to four face masks each day for their replacement, coinciding with the times for snack and lunch.
According to the Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) news agency, in order for the province to catch up with the rest of the territories at the conclusion of the course, some adjustments had to be made.
In terms of schedules, the preschool, elementary and special education levels will remain full time in the schools. In the cases of junior and senior high school and technical vocational training, including pedagogy, the schedules have been readjusted in order to avoid overcrowding.
The time for entering educational centers was made more flexible. In many cases, said José Ángel Ordaz, deputy director general of education in the province, it was necessary to divide enrollment into subgroups in order to respect physical distancing.
To complete the teacher coverage required by these changes, he stressed, there is the support of other related professionals such as librarians, psychologists, psychopedagogy specialists and educational assistants.
Work was also carried out to establish the premises’ entrances, with the location at each access point of a teacher responsible for applying chlorinated solutions, as well as to determine possible symptoms, through observation, of COVID-19 among students, among other measures.