Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Workers and parents who send their children to vacation camps in the City of Buenos Aires denounce lack of control and increase in cases of Covid-19 from the Buenos Aires government. About 52,000 boys and girls attend Summer Schools and vacation camps, although a large number of them are isolated by close contact or by having contracted the virus.

The Summer Colonies depend on the Undersecretary of Sports and for this season they reopened with a full schedule of days although with fewer teachers. For its part, the Summer Schools are dependent on the Buenos Aires Ministry of Education and this could be a warning about what could happen in the school year that will begin in a month in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires if the care inside the bubbles is not deepened.

On average, eight bubbles per site are isolated and, taking into account that each group is made up of about 50 boys, although the protocol indicates that there are no more than 40, approximately 400 boys and girls are isolated per establishment, a number which amounts to 5.600 taking as a parameter the 14 locations that there is according to Télam.

“I encountered a disaster. Zero organization. The first day there was no order at the door. It was as if the pandemic did not exist. A crowd of people, all packed. Between people not taking care of themselves and the school not setting limits, it was chaos,” revealed Georgina Martorelli, a mother of 5- and 7-year-old children who decided not to send them to Summer School on the fourth day of the start.

Children in the middle of the wave before the start of classes

With a large number of children isolated due to close contact, since many have not yet received their second or third dose, the normal start of classes in the City of Buenos Aires is in danger on February 7th. Taking into account that this is two weeks away, many will still be in the isolation phase or without a negative PCR result by the time the return to classroom.

Despite this, from the Buenos Aires Ministry of Education They remain firm that they will be able to prevent the spread of the virus in schools, although with the Summer Camps and Schools they have had their first not very beneficial experience that could anticipate a negative future in the school year. Despite this, the position is to start with face-to-face classes and, based on the numbers of infected, evaluate whether to reverse the opening or not.

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