Schools prepare biosecurity for back to school

In La Guaira they place disinfection points and signs

The public and private schools of La Guaira manage to design the signs, locate the disinfection points and the delimitation of spaces, as part of the biosecurity measures for the return to face-to-face classes on October 25.

The ÚN team made a tour of some educational centers on the coast to learn about the adaptation process that 315 schools in the region must carry out, and learn about experiences or references about this new educational normality in times of covid-19.


80% of the school infrastructure of La Guaira has large and open classrooms and spaces, which facilitate the flow and avoid the crowding of people, indicate sources from the Educational Zone, which has allowed the use of labels, signs and even demarcation in floors, desks, walls and benches to keep the distance of one and a half meters between people.

The courtyards and courts have even been divided into two or four grids for physical activities or outside the classroom, taking into account the recommendation of ventilated spaces.

"You have to plan two sections of classes a week per course, as the classroom is divided into two groups, with Fridays for pedagogical advice," said Jorge Liendo, head of the Boys, Girls, Adolescents and Education Division of La Guaira Educational Zone, by referring to the school as a safe space.

The biggest challenge will be controlling the flow of people and contact with each other in educational facilities. For this they designed a circuit of entrances and exits, disinfection areas and hours of common use, as is the case of the Fe y Alegría School.

“Each classroom will have a disinfection point, in addition to the entrance. More than limiting the enrollment per classroom, it is to keep control of the groups of students, so they must all have their personal utensils, "said Simón Méndez, director of the Republican School of Panama.

This dynamic varies according to the school population, geographic location and the reality of each school, as is the case of the La Guaira State School: a small school, with one session per school grade.

"The classrooms will receive between 7 to 10 children per section, to leave a desk between each student and be able to maintain social distance," said María Campos, director of the La Guaira School, who highlighted the value of the working staff, as well as the Brigade of Biosafety and Health.

He indicated that the classroom is being resized. It will be a playful and dynamic space, since it foresees that recess or lunch time will take place at the same desk.


Fraymar Delgado is a fourth grade student, in a private school in Catia La Mar, he was part of the first contact test organized by public and private schools to return to classes under biosecurity measures.

"When we got to school, the teacher told us that we must stay one meter away, that we must wear the mask at all times, we cannot share water or school or personal supplies," Delgado said.

Label the experience as a daily routine to go out or come home. "For me it was normal, because we already make those rules at home, only now there are few children, and what they should do was identified as far as where to go," he said.

These first approaches allow the testing of biosafety plans in schools, evaluating procedures and making adjustments to the route, signs and biosafety actions.

Parents and guardians are part of this experience. They indicate that it is an exercise of "empathy, of letting go of fears and receiving the teacher, who explained how they were going to work and the biosecurity norms," ​​said Magdelia Adrián, representative of Fraymar.

Works in lara

The school program A Drop of Love for my School in Resistencia carried out repair work at the Educational Unit Doctor José Gregorio Hernández and Francisco Tamayo de Barquisimeto, as part of the start of the new school year in person, scheduled for October 25, reported Governor Adolfo Pereira.

"We have been reinvigorating the school program for a month, recovering preschools, schools and high schools to be able to start face-to-face classes," he said. The regional president pointed out that in the Doctor José Gregorio Hernández Educational Unit the façade was painted, bathrooms were repaired, lighting fixtures were installed, weeding and waste was collected, as well as progress in repairing sports spaces.

The biggest challenge will be the control of the flow of people and the contact with each other in the institutions


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