All the challenges of the school: covid, contracts and hiring

Here are the challenges of the Italian school: the return to a “supervised normality”, the recruitment of teachers and the renewal of the contract

After two years of extraordinary management dictated by the Covid 19 pandemic the Italian school try to go back to “normal administration”. The freedom of action of pupils, teachers and school staff in any case, it will be balanced by the need to remain vigilant about the resurgence of the epidemic.

Post-pandemic management is not the only challenge that the Italian school has to face. The problem of hiring, security and the renewal of the teachers’ contract remains to be resolved.


“We decided to take off the mask at school and now let’s see what happens, it’s a sort of experiment which, however, requires an epidemiological check in 20 days”. To speak so it is Massimo Ciccozzi, head of the Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. “Let’s remember that the problem is not the boys but the fact that at home they may have fragile family members and very old grandparents adds prof. Ciccozzi -. They will also all be vaccinated but a certain degree of risk remains ”.


The rules this year they will be at school different from those of the last two school years. “Although the epidemiological situation is different from that of 2021 and is currently characterized by a limited clinical impact of the epidemic, attributable to the progressive increase in immunity induced by vaccination / previous infection in addition to the characteristics of the Omicron variant, it is not possible to predict what the situation will be when school activities resume; therefore it is not possible to decide right now if and which measures to implement – reads the text of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education -. It is necessary to take into account the possibility of variations in the epidemiological context and to implement a preparedness and readiness action that can guarantee the response of schools to a possible increase in viral circulation or to the appearance of new variants capable of determining an increase in severe forms. of disease, in the absence of vaccines that can mitigate its impact “.


You will be able to go even if cold but the respiratory symptoms must be mild. In case of cooling it will be mandatory to wear the Ffp2 mask. Land masks are no longer mandatory for all but only for pupils and for all fragile personnel in possession of the necessary certification. For those in the classroom, they will think about ensuring the air exchange the windows always open. If there were to be cases of positivity in the classroom, the obligation of Ffp2 would be triggered again as a preventive measure. Other indications of the ministry guidelines include:

  • Ordinary (periodic) and extraordinary sanitation in the presence of one or more confirmed cases
  • Tools for managing suspected / confirmed cases and contacts
  • Spacing of at least 1 m (where logistical and structural conditions allow it)
  • Precautions in moments at risk of aggregation
  • Increased frequency of periodic sanitization
  • Management of extracurricular activities, workshops, ensuring the implementation of preventive measures
  • Concession of gyms / clubs to third parties with the obligation to sanitize
  • Administration of meals in canteens with shifts
  • Consumption of snacks at the counter


The most important indication that comes from the Ministry of Education is that Dad’s time is over which will not be an option even for positive students. “Allowing school attendance is a priority – He says Valentina Grimaldi, family pediatrician-psychotherapist, councilor Omceo Rome – because these two years in which the children have followed the lessons at a distance, have not had contact with peers and have lost many moments of sociality, have created a series of problems from the point of behavioral, relational and growth view. Now the orientation of favoring the return in presence seems to me the right one “.


The next government will have to deal with solving the knot of renewing the contract of teachers and school staff. The Budget Law that the next executive will have to pass will be at least 25 billion and will also have to contain the costs for the contract renewal for school staff. Teachers should see a average increase of 123 euros gross per monththerefore just over 50 net, for 13 months (21 euros come from M OR F for supplementary bargaining and therefore not for all teachers). The ATA staff, on the other hand, should have an increase of 75 euros + 9.79 for the professional system + 3.91 in the M OR F for supplementary bargaining, for a total of approx 90 euros.


On 5 September the bell rang for the students from South Tyrol, the first to return to the classrooms. Next Monday, September 12, it will be the turn of those from Abruzzo, Basilicata, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino, Piedmont, Veneto and Lombardy. The next day, on September 13th, it will be the turn of the children from Campania, while for the students from Calabria, Liguria, Marche, Puglia, Sardinia, Umbria and Molise the bell will ring on September 14th. The next day the students from Lazio, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany return to the desks. The last to return to class, on 19 September, will be the boys and girls of Sicily and Valle d’Aosta.


The Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, after the closures due to the pandemic, it strongly rejected the hypothesis of using Dad also as an option to reduce consumption as a result of expensive energy. “L‘Executive has never talked about the possibility of making a day in Dad because of the dear energy – said the Minister Bianchi -. In any case, my position is very clear. Faced with the problems we have and which we all know, school must be the last to be touched ”. The minister assured that there will be no gaps in staff and that “we will have all the teachers in their place”.


THE school unions, however, they share the concern about the shortage of teachers. In the face of lists of alternates waiting to be contacted, “a shortage in the coverage of vacant positions for teachers is noted, the chairs in some cases will be covered under 50% of the availability offered by the Ministry of Economy and it will be necessary to resort to contracts fixed term, ”he says Ivana Barbacci, secretary of the CISL School. The Flc CGIL, Snals Confsal, Uil Scuola and ANP also share the same opinion. “It is certainly a year that we face with greater positivity than in recent years but many problems remain: there are also no school leaders, whose staff are undersized for economic reasons”, he said. Cristina Costarelli, regional ANP president. “We start off on the wrong foot – he declared Giuseppe D’Aprile, head of the Uil School -. Nothing different than in other years. No concessions relating to the de facto additional staff compared to last year, the GPS rankings are full of errors and the employment contract has not been renewed ”. Francesco Sinopoli, of the Flc CGIL, recalls the shortage of staff: “thousands of temporary workers, 150 thousand, many empty chairs and many who are missing in the secretariats, the technical staff, the Ata staff. The Covid staff was needed but it has not been renewed: it is a huge responsibility that the Draghi government bears “. The situation risks being aggravated by the energy crisis. “It becomes essential to strengthen local public transport, making it free for pupils and staff, which remains one of the most important factors to ensure safe return to school”, comments ANSA Elvira Serafini of Snals.


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All the challenges of the school: covid, contracts and hiring