Shutdown began on February 10 and is coordinated by five entities in the area
Unions representing professionals from the municipal education network decided to continue with the strike in schools in São Paulo. The strike started on February 10 and is coordinated by five entities in the area. The unions evaluate that there are no sanitary conditions to carry out school activities in person, as has been happening since last Monday, 15, and ask for the continuation of remote classes until the end of the first semester. This is explained by the secretary of Social Policies of the Union of Educators and Educators of Childhood and representative of the strike, Cecília Aquino de Almeida.
“We understand that, in the conditions that we have today, in terms of the growing number of deaths in the country, the appearance of new strains, we are still unable to make that return. What we are asking for is that we open schools safely. Let us return, at that moment, to remote work. We want to continue to serve safely. It is impossible to maintain protocol in the conditions that we have. ” Cecília Aquino de Almeida also states that 65% of the civil servants joined the strike, but that “the strike continues to grow”. “Schools opened for the community on the 15th and, from there, employees are finding it problematic to serve these families.”
Notice, a Municipal Secretary of Education says that decisions about returning to face-to-face activities were made following health guidelines and consultations with the school community. The folder reiterates that the resumption is going against what is being done worldwide, but says it is open to dialogue. The unions also recall that 530 municipal schools in São Paulo did not return to face-to-face classes on February 15 due to the lack of cleaning professionals. According to the Municipal Department of Education, for these units, the face-to-face return will be made on February 22nd and March 1st.
* With information from reporter Beatriz Manfredini