- Protective mask in schools, mandatory for students, since Monday?!
- The announcement of the Ministry of Health
Less than a month ago, the Minister of Health wanted to specify that students will not have to wear a protective mask during sports lessons. However, Alexandru Rafila said that he recommends wearing a mask in public transport, especially because people come from vacations where they stayed in crowds and where they interacted with many other people.
Protective mask in schools, mandatory for students, since Monday?!
As there are a few days left until the start of the new school year, the Ministry of Health advises students and teachers to wear protective masks in closed, unventilated spaces.
The Ministry of Health also announces that respiratory viruses are common in the cold season and can affect communities where children carry out educational activities. Both SARS-CoV-2 infection and influenza are part of the category of respiratory viruses, which can cause complications, especially in people with certain comorbidities (cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes).
Thus, the Ministry of Health conveys that the prevention and control of respiratory infections are possible to a large extent if a series of rules are followed:
- hand hygiene: frequent hand washing and/or disinfection (before entering the classroom, before eating, after using the toilet, after coughing/sneezing, whenever necessary);
- respiratory hygiene: cough, sneeze into a disposable tissue or elbow, throwing the tissue into the trash immediately after use, washing/disinfecting hands after coughing/sneezing;
- hygiene in classrooms: frequent ventilation of classrooms (keeping windows open whenever possible or ventilation for at least 10 minutes after each class hour), cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and objects in educational units before the start of classes;
- avoiding exchanges of personal items.
Reducing the transmission of respiratory viruses:
- wearing a mask in crowded, poorly ventilated closed spaces;
- respecting the physical distance of at least 1.5 meters during classes, if possible;
- regularly informing parents not to send their child to school when they experience symptoms of respiratory virus, sore throat;
- teaching and non-teaching staff with respiratory symptoms will avoid entering the community;
- the daily realization by the teaching staff of a visual inspection of the students present in the class at the first hour of the class with the aim of identifying a possible sick student showing signs of fever/infectious-contagious disease (congested face, cough, etc.).
- in the case of identifying a student with signs of a communicable respiratory disease, it is recommended to isolate him from the rest of the class and inform the parents in order to refer him to a doctor and ensure specific treatment;
- notification of the school management, by parents/teachers, in case of confirmation of a case of SARS-CoV-2 or influenza.
Specific preventive and information measures:
- vaccination against COVID-19 and seasonal flu of eligible students and staff in educational institutions:
- carrying out actions to educate and inform students about the rules that must be followed to prevent respiratory diseases.
Organizational and logistical measures:
- the display in classes/visible places of panels with informative materials on ways to prevent respiratory diseases;
- provision of materials for hand hygiene (liquid soap, disinfectants and paper towels) as well as for the cleaning and disinfection of classrooms;
- observing the rhythm of checking, cleaning and sanitizing air conditioners, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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