Nearly 57,000 of children attend municipal kindergartens in Warsaw. 27 percent of parents declare their willingness to send them back to classes on the set date, May 18.
Some of the private kindergartens are already opening. The city hall first tested the field. Kindergartens asked parents in surveys about the need for care, the headmasters counted how many children they could accept according to the guidelines of the Chief Sanitary Inspector (one section can have 12 children, for each there is to be 4 sqm in the room), and officials calculated how much personal protection was needed.
“Taking into account the parents who indicated their interest and considering GIS guidelines, there are 6.1 thousand spots remaining in kindergartens - says Warsaw Deputy Mayor Renata Kaznowska. “The situation is different in every district.”
For example, Żoliborz plans to launch 55 classes for 653 children, and parents have reported about one hundred fewer children. In Bielany, on 1.6 thousand places and only over 900 children have been registered children according to GIS.
“We have kindergartens where there are more children than we can currently accept. There is a great interest in special and integration kindergartens. This is the most demanding group of children, and unfortunately so far there are no separate guidelines for these institutions. On Monday we applied for it to GIS. We are waiting,” says Kaznowska.
The city must prepare all kindergartens. This is linked with large expenses and big purchases. Kaznowska says: “We counted it. The numbers are unbelievable. We need 700,000 gloves for kindergartens each month, over 400 thousand disposable masks, possibly a little fewer, but then the more expensive reusable. In addition, we need thousands of litres for disinfectant for hands and surfaces, approximately 2.5 thousand helmets. We want to buy helmets because I can't imagine a three-year-old convinced that the masked lady is his teacher, the same one who dealt with the group before the epidemic. And 2.5 thousand more aprons, almost 1 thousand non-contact thermometers. For the entire city, it costs several million zlotys.
“These costs are not the only problem. When other cities start shopping, I'm afraid of problems with orders. It's easy to just enter these personal protective equipment on your computer into the list of recommendations. In practice, our needs for nurseries, kindergartens, sports and cultural events will be greater than the supplies for our hospitals. I don't know if the government is aware of this,” she adds.
Formal issues remain unresolved. Preschool teachers were required to remotely educate children who stayed at home. At the same time, the Minister of Education agreed that open kindergartens are to conduct care activities. It is not known how to reconcile both issues. The Polish Teachers' Union drew attention to the divergence in the regulations.
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