With the easing of the corona restrictions in Italy As of today, Friday, unvaccinated teachers are no longer allowed to come into contact with students and not teach. They can only be used for other tasks in the school, as the Ministry of Education in Rome decided. The decision caused protests, and the ministry is threatened with several lawsuits.
In addition, the unvaccinated are to work 36 hours a week in the future, twice as much as the teaching job currently envisages. They are de facto put on an equal footing with administrative staff. However, this decision is even a relaxation step for Italy: Until now, teachers who could not present a 2G card were not allowed to work at all and were suspended from work.
The association of school directors protested against the government decision after the relaxation of the corona restrictions. The possibilities of using non-vaccinated teachers in the school system are small. The danger is that teachers are paid who are de facto unable to work. The association also warned of the risk of a spate of lawsuits from unvaccinated teachers being stripped of their right to teach.
Secretary of State for Education Rossano Sasso signaled his willingness to review the ministry’s ordinance. “Teachers who swab every 48 to 72 hours pose no danger to students. We are working to correct aspects of the law that go against common sense,” the secretary of state said. In Italy the corona-related state of emergency that the government in Rome imposed more than two years ago – on January 31, 2020 – ended on Thursday. With the end of the state of emergency, on which several government anti-pandemic regulations are based, several relaxations of the corona restrictions will come into force on Friday.