July 15, 2020

Andalusia will hire 6,300 “support” teachers to “unfold” groups

The Andalusian Government will hire 6,300 more teachers for the 2020/2021 school year with the intention that these teachers serve as “support” in schools with more than 20 students per classroom, in order to “unfold” those classes.

The Minister of Education, Javier Imbroda, explained at a press conference after the Governing Council that these teachers will have a specific profile of support and that the directors of the centers will determine what needs for reinforcement they have.

The Board will maintain the ratio in the official, 25 students per class, but will use these teachers “for the split”, within the special plan of return to school approved this Tuesday.

Imbroda has given as an example a classroom with 25 students, in which the support teacher could take five, plus another five from another class, and “unfold”, but that will have to be determined by the management.

In addition to teachers, 1,600 cleaning staff and 152 special education monitors will be hired.

The Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, explained that the protocol in the schools will be the same as in the rest of the sectors, if there is a case, they will act “accordingly” with tests for the cohabitants or family members and the traceability will be carried out.

If there is more than one case in several classes of a center, the school will be closed provisionally and isolation will be carried out in homes, the same as if it happened for example in a factory.

The health protocol established by the Board to return to school in September includes the use of preventive hygiene measures, including hydro-alcoholic gels, as well as masks if distances of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

In order to avoid crowds at the entrance and exit of the centers, there will be protocols that include the creation of a security perimeter with greater vigilance or a temporary cut in traffic, something that the Board will ask the municipalities.

The plan includes daily cleaning and disinfection of the centers, and maintains the use of complementary services such as the morning classroom, dining rooms or transportation.

The Board mobilizes about 600 million for this plan for back to school, 400 from the current budget and the rest to be incorporated into next year’s budget.


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