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[The PSOE asks to establish a plan to evaluate the ventilation of each school in order to reduce to the maximum the risk of contagion by Covid (13/01/2021)

| Socialist councilor Antonio Benito affirms that "the population must perceive that we do everything what we can do so that the classes where our sons and daughters are are comfortable and safe "| It is already widely proven that the SARS-CoV2 virus is transmitted by particles in the air.

Therefore, one of the best prevention measures is the correct ventilation of enclosed spaces.

However, from the Municipal Socialist Group, "we have had knowledge of a brief order issued by the Ministry of Education indicating that each educational center must design a protocol for heating on and ventilation periods.

according to their characteristics and needs, but this burdens the management teams of the schools with a new responsibility ", declares councilor Antonio Benito.

Therefore, it states that it is still necessary to keep public spaces open as long as possible in order to ensure good ventilation.

However, the aforementioned order recommends closing the windows up to 50 minutes every hour, which makes the environment more comfortable, but could increase the risk of contagion in poorly ventilated classrooms.

For Benito, the Government team in the Murcia City Council should implement a plan to evaluate the ventilation of each school in order to reduce the risk of contagion by Covid-19 as much as possible, because "the The population should perceive that we do everything we can from the administrations so that the classes where our sons and daughters are are comfortable and safe, "and refers to news reports that there are already parents who prefer that their children stay home to avoid contagion, thus increasing absenteeism.

In addition, the Socialist councilor points out, there is the circumstance that during the return to class this week an intense wave of cold coincided with the third wave of infections.

Around Christmas, "many of the minors are contacts of people sick with COVID, which increases the anxiety of the families and the fear of the educators." The plenary session of the Murcia City Council approved a motion at the end of last year in which it was requested that, in case of budget availability, HEPA filters be installed in the classrooms of the 116 public schools in the municipality.

"In fact, one of the parties that is part of both the regional and municipal governments, Ciudadanos, has already asked for it to be done," Benito points out.

An indirect way of knowing how well or poorly ventilated the premises are is by measuring the CO2 level.

Additionally, the presence of HEPA filters could help improve air quality.

But neither the regional nor the municipal government have taken measures in this direction so far.

"That is why from the Municipal Socialist Group we see with concern that orders are given to reduce ventilation in schools, but without adapting it to the needs of each center, while responsibility is transferred once more to the management teams of the centers ".

Therefore, as an urgent and priority, the municipal government team should implement a plan to estimate ventilation in schools, for example, using CO2 meters similar to those installed in centers such as the Conservatory of Dance , also providing a guide to the management teams to improve the optimization of the available means, such as ventilation, heating or the use of HEPA filters, among other options ".

Likewise, the councilor warns that "we still have several months of winter left and this should be a priority, above expenses on events and flowers.

Other smaller municipalities with fewer resources are promoting initiatives with a The families are grateful for a great effort.

The Murcia City Council, having a much greater economic capacity, cannot remain idle and must take the initiative to ensure that the coincidence of the third wave of COVID and the winter cold nor they increase the risk of school contagion or make the educational community work in harsh conditions ".

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Source: PSOE Murcia

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