Many teachers want to go back to school physically with the students. But responsible.
Many teachers want to go back to school physically with the students. But responsible.

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Much unrest among staff about reopening primary schools

De AOb has been in talks with the Ministry of Education in recent days about opening primary schools. “There is a lot of confusion and unrest among the teaching staff, we have insisted on a careful opening,” says AObdriver Jelmer Evers.

After it became known last weekend that the primary schools on February 8 open again, the AOb many signs from concerned members. These signals are brought to the attention of the cabinet, says AObdriver Jelmer Evers.

For example, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the feasibility of the security measures. “Children should be quarantined if they have been within five feet of an infected classmate for more than XNUMX minutes,” says Evers. "Of course there is no way to keep that up."

'Until now, there has been little awareness among politicians of the concerns of the education staff'

Until now, there has been little awareness among politicians of the concerns of the teaching staff and little urgency to respond to them, says Evers. “We are not against the reopening of the schools and many educators on the one hand would very much like to go back to the classroom physically. But on the other hand, they are very concerned about their health. ”

Worrying

According to Evers, confidence must be restored. “The decision to reopen the schools on February 8 is seen as political by some of the staff. The report of the Outbreak Management Team paints a very worrying picture, the OMT is also divided about the opening of the schools. In addition, research is also carried out abroad and various considerations are made in other countries. This is only more noticeable with a controversial decision. ”

Honest

According to Evers, the cabinet should communicate fairly and transparently about considerations that have been made. “Provide more insight into the underlying research and the motives. Also include insights, studies and considerations from abroad. ”

As long as people are not vaccinated, coming to school is strictly voluntary in our opinion

According to some of the AObmembers there should also be room to open up education in a way that is workable for the school, for example by shortening the day of classes. Evers: “So go home for lunch. That saves a lot of work pressure and worries. Or the option to physically teach half groups. And employees should never be forced to come to school. As long as people are not vaccinated, coming to school is strictly voluntary in our opinion. That should also be recorded. ”

Rapid tests

There must also be more clarity about the rapid tests. Will they be available nationwide when the schools open? Evers: “There must also be much better enforcement on ventilation. It has not been in order for a long time in many places. The Ministry of Education should state that classrooms are no longer used as soon as the CO2 concentration exceeds a certain standard. "
Finally, staff members who wish to do so should receive medical face masks. Evers: “And as soon as possible, teaching staff must priority get when vaccinated. ”

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