Government to decide about schools


The central Government and the autonomous communities are set to meet today to discuss the pandemic and any possible extra measures before schools return after the Christmas break. This will be the only item on the agenda of the Education Sector Conference, the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System and the General Conference on University Policy set to begin at 9am this morning (Tuesday).
The meeting, which takes place at the Palacio de la Moncloa is expected to be attended by the Ministers of Health, Education and Universities, and the Councilors of Education of the various autonomous communities. A representative of the Ministry of Territorial Policy will also attend.
According to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Education, corresponding to December 23, only 1.58% of the classrooms in Spain were confined before the holiday break, when the omicron variant had just begun to spread.
A third of children between 5 and 12 years old are already vaccinated and the government hopes for widespread immunization of children by the end of January.
Because of the recent vaccination campaign among Spanish children, those under 11 years of age are no longer the age bracket with the highest incidence – this is now the 20 to 39 year old agegroup.
Most communities are in favour of resuming classes in person after the Christmas holidays although some, such as Madrid, have been more cautious and are considering ‘semi-presence’ based on the epidemiological data available as the return date, the 10th January, approaches.