By Charlie Loran • 04 October 2020 • 12:01
UNTIL the arrival of the pandemic, it was accepted with some normality, that schools had several days a week with a siesta style break to encourage its students to make use of the dining room service and extracurricular activities in that middle part of the day.
Children being forced to over-exposure of COVID-19 needs addressing.
Nobody was aware that it was an important means of financing for these centres. However, the new situation caused by the coronavirus has caused a number of families to complain to the directors of the school to group the teaching hours into continuous days.
The objective, they say, is to minimize the time required for school children to stay, the hours they are “exposed” and the need to wear a mask.
They also point out that many have seen their economic situation changed and continuing with the same system forces them to continue with expenses that are more difficult to pay.
The main issue remains and children being forced to over-exposure of COVID-19 needs addressing.
Daniel Castilla is the father of two students aged 6 and 9 at the Sagrado Corazón school, Las Esclavas. In this school, the hours from Monday to Thursday are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. “Parents who work cannot go at that time to pick up their child and take him back again,” he says.
“Now with the COVID-19, what we want is to reduce the hours at school and with the mandatory mask, it should be a continuous day and those who cannot pick up their children have the possibility of leaving them in the dining room and able to partake in extracurricular activities”, explains this father.
In this school, both the AMPA and another group of parents have submitted letters to the management requesting an extraordinary application, at least during this course, of the continuous schedule. But the response has been negative.
They also presented it at the Education Delegation and they hope “that the Ministry will apply common-sense measures, we must try to shorten the hours of exposure of children and that the rest of the services be used at the convenience of each family,” he adds. “We are very happy with the school, we like its methodology, its teachers, the level of its teaching, but we are unhappy with the management’s response at this difficult time,” reiterates this father.
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