A group of Costa Ricans seeks to gather 15,000 signatures to demand that the Government immediately suspends in-person classes in educational centers, until the red alert for COVID-19 infections past.
Citizens published the petition on the change.org page where they guarantee that for life, health and the country, attendance at educational centers must be suspended. In the app, they sent a message to the Minister of Education, Guiselle Cruz, and the Superior Council of Education.
“Costa Rica is going through the most difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in cases, the constant collapse of the record number of hospitalizations, the impending collapse of health services and the anguish of thousands of families who receive news of positive cases daily, are just a few of the signs. of the challenge we face as a society. , indicates the request.
“Educational centers are no strangers to this reality. Despite the health protocols that can be implemented in the educational center, most of the student body uses fabric masks that do not have a high degree of protection against the virus, they practice group behaviors with protocols low distancing in educational centers and when they return home and show a relaxation of sanitary measures in times of rest or absence of supervision of teachers, ”they add.
the citizen petition assured that: “The student population is part of the social bubbles (their families) in which they experience the consequences of social inequalities, with their respective repercussions on daily health practices, with the consequences of non-compliance with measures protection by one of its members. At this point, it is important to clarify that given the existing social sanction against people with COVID-19, many students do not inform the teaching or administrative staff of educational centers of infections in their families, as well as of health orders; in other cases, it is reported a few days after having regularly attended the educational center ”.
“Likewise, maintaining the presence of the school year in person implies a daily mobilization of nearly a million students, tens of thousands of parents who accompany their children on entry and exit routes, and the mobilization of more than 60,000 civil servants from the public and private education system. Avoiding this daily mobilization is one of the good practices implemented by Western countries to stop and reduce the increase in infections, ”he adds.
The petition published by Cesar Toruño Arguedas states that: “In view of these facts, national authorities such as the College of Physicians and the Office of the Ombudsman have requested the suspension of the attendance of the school year in person as a strategic measure which, along with other actions, would reduce infections in the weeks to come. This would reduce hospital pressure and save hundreds of lives ”.
In the initiative, they indicated that while in-person education is important and necessary for the development of students, in this historic situation the priority must be the health and life of every inhabitant.
“For all of the above, the signatories ask you to suspend the presence of the school year 2021 until the country achieves a significant drop in the rate of infections and pressure from the health system,” the letter concludes. .