The school and educational and social services are tackling the situation of women as tactfully as possible. families of the Mine who do not take their children to school for fear of catching it. They have only gone to the public center of the neighborhood between 20 and 30 percent of the student body, mostly gypsy.
“We cannot speak of absenteeism because, at the moment, there is no continuous action,” said Núria Cuenca, Secretary General of the Department of Education, “rather it is a position that we want to reverse before making the decision to go to the Prosecutor’s Office” .
The management team of the school institute Mina is calling on families to trust the safety of the center. They remind them that it is their obligation to ensure the education of children. Children and adolescents have a good connection with the center, with a feeling of belonging to it, and, in general, parents want their children to progress academically. But the context is complex, with a high past of absenteeism and dropouts in the community, and a lax model of acceptance of the norms.
For this reason, rather than activating the sanctioning part of the absenteeism protocol, which provides for financial fines depending on the severity and even legal distress, time is being given to convince themselves that all possible measures have been put in place. The media attention in the neighborhood makes intervention difficult. Furthermore, absenteeism is “the absence of attendance without a justification or an acceptable justification”. And for these parents, preserving the health of their children over education is an “acceptable” justification, because they are not against the schooling of their children, since they want them to receive care at a distance. Cuenca explained that the department is designing “strategies for the centers to carry out community treatment.”
The Secretary General of Education presented together with the Secretary of Health, Marc Ramentol, the situation of the coronavirus in schools, and reported that there are 34 confined groups (of the 33,000 created) in 27 schools. In total, 72 school workers and 54 students were positive, which has confined 801 people, 285 teachers and 516 students. Of the 27 educational centers that have some confined group –0.49% of the system–, 7 are nurseries, which began activity at the beginning of September. In the afternoon, the closure of the eighth, a municipal school in Gràcia, was confirmed.
In Barcelona, the schools affected are –in addition to the Benjamin Franklin school, the Institut
Pedralbes and the Tintin nursery that were already in place the day before – Jesuïtes de Sant Ignasi, the Escola Diputació and two stable groups from the nursery school at the Vall d’Hebron hospital.
Ramentol positively evaluated the three days of the course and warned that new cases will appear since schools are a marker of the situation in the environment. And the risk of transmission is “unacceptably” high.
On the other hand, the three-day strike called by the Student Union in Spain was hardly followed up yesterday in Catalonia.