About 38,000 students will be present from Monday to the Baccalaureate Assessment for University Access (Ebau) in the Community of Madrid. The continuity of the pandemic will cause the tests to be carried out in circumstances similar to those of last year, but this time the regional government has introduced a novelty: in certain cases, those who cannot attend the ordinary call may attend the extraordinary without being penalized in the admission processes of the faculties.

The announcement was made this Wednesday by the acting Minister of Education, Enrique Ossorio, during the press conference after the Governing Council. The also spokesman for the regional Executive has cited that the circumstances contemplated are a serious or very serious illness that requires hospitalization or isolation; an accident that prevents mobility; judicial obligations or subpoenas; quarantine or medical discharge due to Covid or extremely serious personal situations that affect the judgment and discernment of the student. In this case, he has given as an example the death of a direct relative.

“All this has to accredit it by means of a certification, either issued by the Public Health Service, the National Police or any other public system, “said the counselor, who added that there will also be exceptional examinations for those who cannot attend the extraordinary phase for reasons related to the coronavirus. Ossorio It has not specified dates for the latter, but what is known is that the first call will be held between 7 and 10 June and the second, between 6 and 8 July.

The counselor took the opportunity to thank the educational community that in most of the 2nd Baccalaureate courses, they have managed to maintain their presence in classrooms “above the minimum established in the initial standards”. However, given that full class attendance has not always been possible, the Ebau will once again allow participants to choose questions from the two blocks raised interchangeably. This possibility was implemented last year compared to the obligation that existed until 2019 to choose exclusively one of the two complete options. The objective is to facilitate the test given the unusual circumstances imposed by the health crisis

Special mobility and safety plan

Regarding the organization, the Community has reached an agreement with Civil Protection, which will provide Local Police and SAMUR troops outside all the venues to avoid crowds at the entrances and exits. “The device will last four days and we recommend arrive thirty minutes in advance“, said the acting Minister of Housing and Local Administration, David Pérez.

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  • On Monday the students of the Science modality will examine the core subjects. On Tuesday the exams of core subjects of the modality of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts will take place. During Wednesday and Thursday the exams of the modality subjects will take place, while Friday has been reserved for possible incidents or exams that any student has not been able to take due to time coincidence. As for the schedules, the exams will be from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m., from 12 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. In the first session on Monday and Tuesday, the call will be at 8:45 am and the rest of the days and sessions will be at least 30 minutes before the start of the test.

The Madrid Regional Transport Consortium (CRTM) has launched a Special Mobility Plan. In this sense, the Metro and Light Metro lines 6, 7A and ML12 will increase the frequency of trains between 7.30 and 10.00 and between 17.00 and 19.00. The Municipal Transport Company (EMT) will have an offer of 165 buses distributed in 13 lines, as well as inspectors on the street to report any incident. Likewise, the 31 interurban lines and nine urban lines of Madrid municipalities that connect with the campuses will be reinforced, while Renfe will increase the frequency of the four Cercanías lines that pass through the venues.

Pérez added that the device will be monitored through the Center for Innovation and Management of Public Transport (CITRAM) of the Regional Transport Consortium, “in such a way that in real time it can be reinforced where necessary or attend to any incident that occurs “.

Measures by Covid

Like last year, this edition of the EBAU will feature extraordinary hygienic sanitary measures by Covid. In general, the use of a mask will be mandatory, and be provided with water, food and articles for personal consumption. If any student shows signs of illness, they will be taken to a separate space and their support teacher, family and medical services will be notified. Those who have symptoms compatible with the virus, those who have been diagnosed with the disease and who have not completed the isolation period, or those who are in a period of home quarantine will not be able to access the university.

In order to avoid crowds, entry into both the faculty and the classroom will be staggered. The student must sit in the place indicated by the tutors, leave the ID on the table and visibly throughout the test. At the end, the student will be told how to deliver the exam and where to exit.

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