The Education deparment of the Government of Navarra has decided, given the worsening of the pandemic in the school environment, to keep the day continuous with extracurricular activities until the end of the 2021-2022 academic year and to recommend avoiding crowds and risk situations in typical school celebrations prior to Christmas.
This decision, as reported at a press conference by the Minister of Education, Carlos Gimeno, has been adopted given the negative evolution of the pandemic in the educational environment, “the relevant increase in confined classrooms and positive students and a short and medium-term perspective marked by the arrival of bank holidays and the Christmas holidays and their possible repercussions in the health field as of January “.
As explained, the decision has been made after analyzing the contributions made by the different members of the educational community, including the people who are members of the Covid-19 Technical Committee for Education, the main associations of school directors and directors. public, the employers of the concerted private education and the unions present in the Sectorial Board of Education.
For the department, this measure, which has already been transferred to the educational community, to all public and subsidized centers and to the different agents, is the “most appropriate for guarantee presence of students in schools and keep safe against covid in the development of school activity “.
Likewise, the Department has sent all the centers a circular requesting that do not call events of any kind linked to the upcoming Christmas holidays as a precautionary measure to avoid the increase in infections.
Finally, and in relation to vaccination of the group of 5 to 11 yearsGimeno has commented that they are in permanent contact with Health, but at the moment the vaccination plan has not been determined. Therefore, they have not specified whether the doses will be administered in the schools themselves or in other specific spaces.
The Government of Navarra anticipates that the first pediatric vaccines will arrive in the second half of December.
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