The Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Canary Islands Government will maintain the suspension of the teaching activity in the educational centers of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte. Consequently, the return to the classroom will not occur this Wednesday, October 13. In these three municipalities of La Palma, a score of non-university teaching centers are affected, totaling 4,606 students and 583 teachers.
On her visit to the island last week, the counselor Manuela Armas He had already advanced that the centers needed time “to formalize various actions in order to ensure a return to class with all the security guarantees”, so it was considered on October 13 to resume the activity. The reference date was conditioned to the optimal conditions for said start, since, otherwise, the educational department would maintain the suspension.
“For a safe return it is necessary finalize some security-related issues, such as the Plan that combines health prevention before the COVID-19 with the actions to be carried out against the emissions of volcanic activity, as well as the actions to review the educational facilities and the self-protection plans of the centers; in which, both the addresses of the educational centers and the team of the Ministry continue working, “said the person in charge of the area.
The head of the department explained that the Ministry is completing the preparation of the aforementioned School Action Plan in the face of volcanic activity emissions, in collaboration with the General Directorates of Safety and Emergencies and Public Health and the Ministry of Ecological Transition. In addition, in this line, the Ministry of Health has sent some 29,000 FFP2 masks and around 5,500 protective glasses destined for educational centers.
In addition to determining the relocation of the students and teachers of the centers directly affected by the volcanic eruption, since the suspension of classes on September 19, the Ministry has worked on the reorganization of school transport routes to serve displaced students, in the reinforcement of the actions of cleaning the roofs, roofs and the interior of the educational facilities, in the hiring of auxiliary services of complementary services for the school canteens, as well as in a Technical Assistance for the continuous review of the state of the educational infrastructures and updating of the centers’ self-protection plans, among other actions.
Armas highlighted in the visit last week to La Palma the commitment of the Ministry for the presence of the classes, since, as indicated, “the girls and boys find in schools a safe place, away from the situations their lives experience. families, in which the students are entertained “.
In this sense, the Ministry promotes various training actions with the staff of the Educational and Psychopedagogical Guidance Teams (EOEP) of the areas affected by the volcano, in order to address aspects related to emotional education and the management of possible alterations of the state of mind of students and teachers, derived from the situation experienced.
The students of the CEIP Los Campitos and Todoque (devastated by the lava) and María Milagros Acosta, in a situation of risk, will temporarily move to the old Special Education Center (CEE) Princesa Acerina, in Los Llanos de Aridane, a property assigned by the Island Council. The Jedey students will relocate to CEIP Adamancasis and those from Las Manchas de Abajo to CEIP El Roque. The groups will be respected, that is, the original distribution of the students and their tutor will be maintained.
Due to the proximity of the volcanic lava flow, the situation of the La Laguna Infant and Primary Education Center (CEIP), which has nine units and 160 students, is of concern. Consequently, its students and faculty will be distributed by educational stages between the Official School of Languages of Los Llanos de Aridane and the facilities of the Association of Neighbors “Retamar”, temporarily assigned by the city council for such use.
On Wednesday, at 10:00 am, a new meeting will be held between the counselor and the directors of these educational centers to find out how they are progressing in the development of the educational facilities.