In response to the Lusa agency, the vaccination task force stated that, at the end of this week, 99% of teaching and non-teaching staff in Portuguese schools had been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.
Classes start between September 14 and 17, marking the beginning of another school year in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and the second with strict sanitary rules to prevent contagion in schools, including the mandatory use of masks from the age of 10 and “strongly recommended” for the youngest, from the 1st cycle onwards.
Similar to what happened last school year, when schools reopened in April, screenings are also carried out before the start of classes, which will cover teachers and staff of all levels of education and students from the 3rd cycle.
All people in the groups covered will be tested, regardless of their vaccination status, at a time when teachers and non-teaching staff have full vaccination and 75% of young people from 12 years of age have already received the first dose.
The new reference of the General Directorate of Health (DGS), with health safety rules for the next school year, was announced on August 31, bringing little news: in addition to the guidelines for prophylactic isolation, which were made more flexible, enabling contacts low risk or negative test return to school soon, rules such as the use of mask, physical distance and screening will be maintained.
The guidelines were received unsurprisingly by the families, who already anticipated the maintenance of the vast majority of safety standards against Covid-19, and understand the need for this to be so.
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