The Trade Union of Licensed Teachers' Association today requested urgent business meetings with the Ministry of Education, on the opening of the school year, as it considers that the tutelage guidelines are insufficient to safeguard the risk of transmission of covid-19.
Teachers want the opening of a negotiation process to deal with the working conditions necessary for the regimes planned for the next school year, whether face-to-face, mixed or non-face-to-face, according to a statement released today by that structure.
In the document, the association indicates that the written request went to the guardianship today.
The Association of Licensed Teachers (ASPL) states that it sees with “great concern” the arrival of the next school year and the working conditions of teachers and students.
According to ASPL, the guardianship guidelines do not explain the minimum distance that students must be within the classrooms or the breakdown of classes.
“We can only conclude, because we know the reality of our schools well, that the rule of physical distance of 1,5 meters, at least, will not be complied with in schools, which ASPL sees with great apprehension”, reads in the document.
The union organization also points out “other gaps”, stating that the need for a gel alcohol dispenser at the entrance and exit of each classroom, or at least in each corridor that gives access to the rooms, is not taken into account.
“It is also not guaranteed the supply of equipment such as masks, even if it is, at least, in situations where students, auxiliary staff or teachers do not have them when they access the school or are in school and need to change it, for whatever reason ”, stresses the ASPL.
The association also calls for the reduction of bureaucracy in schools.
In Portugal, 1.646 people died from covid-19, out of 45.679 confirmed as infected, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.