By John Smith •
Published: 15 Feb 2021 • 12:02
Mayor Ana Mula chaired the meeting
Credit: Fuengirola Council
SEMANA BLANCA which translates as White Week runs annually from February 25 to March 1 in the Costa del Sol and the schools are closed.
There is no obvious reason for celebrating Semana Blanca but by slotting it into those dates, it ensures that children in Malaga Province in particular receive the same number of school holidays as those in other Autonomous Communities.
In theory, it’s a winter break when the children have the chance to enjoy the snow although they would have to travel quite a way from the Costa del Sol to enjoy winter sports but it also ensures that the kids are free to celebrate Andalucia Day on February 28, a tradition that goes back to 1980.
The Fuengirola Council and the directors of the towns schools and institutes have asked families to “take extreme precautions and observe all hygiene measures” during that week in order to avoid new outbreaks of Covid-19 when the children return to the classrooms.
Infections increased dramatically following the Christmas holidays and all Councils are anxious to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and this wish was embraced by the heads of various schools who recently took part in a video meeting.
Having increased the education budget by 21 per cent to €1,405,000, to include full disinfection and cleaning of schools, the Council doesn’t want to see all of these efforts come to nothing if children and their parents don’t act responsibly during the break.
Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Don’t overlook the recommended precautions during Semana Blanca”.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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