The guidelines for the opening of kindergartens starting from September were definitively approved by the Unified Conference. The document – drawn up by the Ministry of Education with that of Labour, Health, Public Administration, Equal Opportunities, Family and in collaboration with ANCI, sector associations and unions – obtained the previous go-ahead from the Technical-scientific Committee  which ascertained in how the new rules contribute to a safe recovery of school activities.

“This is another important element because girls and boys are the ones who have suffered the most from the closing period. We are paying particular attention so that the return to calm and security”, explained the minister Lucia Azzolina. The new measures are therefore aimed specifically at children in the 0-6 age group.

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The new guidelines

One of the first directives contained in the document is the mandatory mask, valid only for teachers and administrative staff and not for children. There will be no temperature measurement at the entrance of the building, but it is required that those who have respiratory symptoms or have a fever above 37.5 degrees remain at home. The same also applies to those who have been in quarantine or home isolation or are aware of having come into contact with positive people in the last 14 days. Furthermore, children can be accompanied to school by a single parent who, inside the building, will be obliged to wear protective devices same as teachers and educators.

As for teaching, the organisation of school activities changes. The students will be organised into stable groups, each with a reference teacher so, as stated in the document, to “avoid the intersection between groups and the promiscuous use of the same spaces”. 

For the same reason the classrooms dedicated to the canteen will be occupied in shifts and the furnishings and rooms must always be sanitised before and after the meal. When possible, however, the invitation is to use the outdoor spaces which will have to be “reconverted to permanently welcome relationship and play groups”.

Finally windows should always be open inside the common toilets, near the entrances and exits, especially if it is not possible to regulate the flow of children in a staggered manner.