Catalonia eliminates school quarantines from February 23

  • The covid case management protocol is no longer in effect and close contacts will no longer be identified

  • The measures will only remain in force in special education centers

Catalonia will eliminate school quarantines starting this Wednesday, February 23, as agreed by the Departments of Health and Education. The ‘conseller’ Josep Maria Argimon had already advanced that this measure would come into force this week.

With this decision, it remains without effect the covid case management protocol that Catalan educational centers had to follow until now. Thus, from this Wednesday already close contacts will not be identified of students who test positive for coronavirus or quarantines will be ordered. The only one The exception is special education centers.where the protocol will remain in force.

Also, only special education centers will continue to use the Traçacovid program launched by Educació to follow the evolution of the pandemic in schools. For the rest of the centers, this Tuesday will be the last day to update the coronavirus figures.

With the disappearance of the protocol, neither the schools nor the families must notify that the reason for school absence of a student is due to covid.

They will also stop prescribing antigen tests to the teachers. The prescription will only be kept for special education students who have been a close contact of a positive.

These guidelines that Catalonia takes follow the recommendations of the Public Health Commission of the Ministry of Health. Educació y Salut have sent a letter to schools and health centers informing them of the end of the protocol.

The measures that will remain in force, for the time being, are the mask indoorsthe stable coexistence groups and the need to ventilate the classrooms and hand hygiene are maintained.

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Despite this relaxation of the measures, Public Health will continue to monitor the effect of covid in schools in case at any time or in any specific case some extraordinary measure has to be taken.

The end of the protocol will mean that the school leaders of the covid will be able to fully return to their usual tasks in primary care centers.

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