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102 children start 2020-2021 school year at Formentera “escoletes”

foto 2020 inici curs escoletes 1The Formentera Department of Education reports that the island’s early-childhood learning centres, or escoletes, welcomed 102 children back to classrooms today for the 2020-2021 school year. Thirty-three professionals, including instructors and support staff, are responsible for the 24 one to three year olds at Escoleta des Camí Vell and the 78 children from infants to age three at Escoleta de Sa Miranda. Both schools employ additional cooking and cleaning staff.

Culture consellera Susana Labrador applauded workers’ efforts in view of “the extremely complicated situation we’re all enduring”. She said that “spirit, passion and professionalism all go into making our escoletes as safe as possible during the pandemic”, and highlighted the importance of making the centres “warm and fun places for kids as well”.

New entry points
Staff at Sa Miranda have set up five separate entrances and children will enter classrooms by age group. Children at Es Camí Vell will use one of two entrances when they arrive, and pick-up and drop-offs are staggered to minimise crowding.

Safety and hygiene measures
Instructors will keep themselves and others safe by wearing masks and following other health measures, and classrooms and toys will be cleaned once a day. “Bubble groups” will ensure that children from different classes don’t mix or share spaces.

School hours and services
The school day, including early-morning arrivals, normal class time and cafeteria service, goes from 7.30am to 2.30pm. Organisational and logistical difficulties mean that nap time will no longer be offered.

14 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

In run-up to Jan. 2021 exams, Consell offers ten Catalan courses, levels A2–C2

cartell 2020 cursos catalaThe Language Advisory Service of the Consell de Formentera has teed up ten sets of courses from the A2 to C2 level to help students prepare for the next official round of Catalan language exams expected in January 2021.

Lessons begin 5 and 6 October and registration runs from tomorrow 15 September to the 25th. Enrolment can be completed online on the OVAC (Virtual Citizen Information Office, https://ovac.conselldeformentera.cat) or in person at Carrer Ramon Llull, 6, in Sant Francesc. In-person appointments must be scheduled online or by calling 971 32 10 87 between 3.30pm and 8.30pm.

Free courses, limited space and preventive actions
The ten cohorts include four beginners’ groups (A2), two B1, two B2 and two C1-C2 level groups (C1 and C2 groups are mixed). Public health constraints mean that this year space will be limited and students may not participate in more than one course at a time. Individuals who have completed enrolment will receive a confirmation e-mail before the start of lessons, expected to take place the first week of October. Classes are free.

Raquel Guasch, who heads the department responsible for normalising Catalan use, described pandemic-driven protocol as “crucial” to continuing to organise courses in promotion of the local language. In 2019 a total of 210 islanders signed up to take the free language courses from the Consell de Formentera.

15 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Enrolment at EMDF

cartell 2020 preinscripcionsThe Formentera Department of Education reports that islanders who missed the June deadline to register for classes at the island’s school of music and dance have an additional opportunity to enrol now. Registration can be completed on the Virtual Citizen’s Information Office (OVAC, https://bit.ly/3m68l4j) until 14 September. For more information, please call 607 11 06 29 or 627 64 20 93 or email escolamusica@conselldeformentera.cat.

9 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Upkeep, repairs and sanitising at Formentera schools as pupils return to classrooms

foto 2020 obres collegi 2The Formentera offices of education and island services report that this summer crews traversed the island to prepare local schools for returning pupils and teachers this Thursday. The work happened in response to requests from school administrative teams, parents’ associations and student councils.

This year, per new pandemic protocol, the Consell de Formentera has hired additional cleaning and maintenance personnel in an effort to guarantee uninterrupted compliance with sanitary measures. Such workers will be on school grounds to disinfect facilities during class time, reinforcing the efforts of evening crews.

CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu
With the Consell maintenace brigade setting the foundation, uneven walkways were graded near a number of outdoor play areas. Two 6x8-metre sheds, paid for by the parents’ association, were installed as well—one at the northern side of the lower building, another by the upper building.

Social distancing signage was also set up, painting was touched up in the school’s interior, water fountains were removed, and unsafe branches were trimmed from several trees.

CEIP Sant Ferran
Fresh paint went up outside Sant Ferran classrooms and across the school’s exterior. Water fountains were taken out, fluorescent lamps were swapped out for improved lighting and work was done to free up additional spaces inside the school. Air conditioner filters will be replaced in the days ahead.

CEIP El Pilar de la Mola
New paint was applied indoors and out and repairs were performed on one of the portables. The outdoor water fountain was removed, the locks were checked (new fencing is in the works) and excess brush was removed from the garden, where a general cleanup was performed. Three-hundred metres of rope went up round the outdoor play area to separate it from surrounding woods.

The Consell has lent canopies to the schools for use as shade-giving structures.

Cleanup and sanitising at school entrances
In the hours before classes begin tomorrow, employees of the company contracted by the Consell to oversee cleaning will disinfect and clean areas with a specific product outside school access points. The task will be repeated on the 14th ahead of the start of classes at local nurseries.

9 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Sent home last week as preventive measure, summer school group returns to class

The Consell de Formentera reports that today marks the return to summer school programming for a group of children at the Sant Francesc Escola d’Estiu campus who were sent home Thursday 20 August amid concern over a possible exposure to Covid-19. Families learned yesterday that their children would be able to resume normal attendance at the summer school from today after the test results of the individual in question came back negative.

As for the situation at the municipal sailing school, local government is awaiting results from screenings late last week of approximately eighty students. The second group of Escola de Vela instructors will undergo PCR testing today, the results of which will be available in the coming days.

24 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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