Concern that Italian schools will be understaffed at reopening


Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

There are fears that Italian schools will be understaffed at the grand national reopening on September 14. Italian News Agency ANSA reports that many teachers and teaching assistants have already filed medical certificates amid COVID concerns.

“The issues will explode at the moment of the resumption of duty”, said trade unions Wednesday. Family Minister Elena Bonetti said “the infrastructure question is central, we need funds for school construction”.

Italian schools reopened Tuesday for catch-up courses for students who didn’t make the grade in June, in the first post-lockdown test ahead of full reopening on September 14. Facemasks are not compulsory in the classroom, unless one-metre distancing is not possible.

The first official back-to-school day is September 14, but this will not be the case in all regions. Alto Adige has set reopening for September 7, Puglia for September 24, and Sardinia for September 22. A deal has been reached between central and regional governments on local public transport, which foresees a maximum capacity of 80%. More seats will be installed and standing places will be reduced.

The daily tally of new coronavirus cases in Italy rose again Wednesday after dropping recently, with 1,326 fresh cases, compared to 978 Tuesday, the health ministry said. There were six new victims, two up on Tuesday, the ministry said.

The number of swabs taken rose to a record 102,959.