Schools in Spain will only close temporarily if Covid-19 spreads in generalised way

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Schools in Spain will close temporarily only if Covid-19 spreads through students and staff in a generalised way after they reopen for the new school year later on this month. The protocol was compiled and coordinated by the central Health Ministry and that was debated by the central government and the country’s autonomous regions, who have powers over education and healthcare, among other areas.

This protocol insists that children and teaching staff who present symptoms compatible with the coronavirus must not go to their schools under any circumstance and should stay at home. If on the other hand, the symptoms begin while at school, the suspected cases should wear a surgical mask, and be transferred to a separate area.

Family members will be notified, as well as the person responsible for managing the coronavirus situation in each school.

The protocol presents “three possible scenarios” according to the severity of the spread of the virus.”

The first refers to the existence of “isolated outbreaks or sporadic cases,” which will be dealt with via “the habitual control measures: isolation of cases and identification and quarantine of contacts” within each bubble group. If the situation is complicated due to “complex outbreaks or sporadic community transmission,” the second scenario will be brought into play. In this case, to stop the spread of the virus, the closure of some classes will be considered, while the circle of contacts who must go into quarantine will be widened.

The third scenario involves “uncontrolled community transmission” of the virus in the school, with a large number of cases. In these situations, “regional public health services will carry out a risk evaluation to consider the need to scale up measures, including as a last resort the temporary closure of the education center.”

Meanwhile Greece, authorities have delayed the reopening of schools by a week to Sept. 14, due to a surge in COVID-19 infections, the government said. The rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has forced Greek authorities to gradually reimpose restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, during the peak tourism season. The capital Athens and many popular islands have been affected.