The educational centers of the Balearic Islands will reopen their doors this Friday to begin the 2021-2022 school year, an academic year that will begin with a total attendance and that will have 173,482 students, 3,113 more than the previous year.
In this third year marked by COVID-19, safety and hygiene measures will be maintained and the use of a mask will continue to be mandatory, also in courtyards, although social distance will be reduced to 1.2 meters at all educational levels.
Likewise, among the main changes is the elimination of mandatory quarantine for close contacts who are vaccinated . As recently stated by the Minister of Education, Martí March, it is “a way to encourage vaccination and attendance”.
Teaching staff and ratios
Regarding the number of teachers, the figure will remain similar to that of the previous year. Specifically, for this 2021-2022 academic year, a quota of 450 teachers has been reached – in 2020 there were 567 – waiting for another 80 to join.
In addition, the ‘express teachers’ initiative is maintained to cover immediate substitutions and “maintain the quality of student care.” These are a total of 25, although their number may increase if the situation requires it – last year they ended up being a hundred.
The ordinary ratios prior to the pandemic will also be recovered, which are 25 students in primary school, 30 in secondary school and 35 in high school. In the Balearic Islands, the average at all educational levels is below these ratios.
Two new centers and 11 large extensions
In addition, the new course starts with two new centers: the CEIP in Alcúdia and the CEIP and escoleta de Sant Ferran in Formentera.
The students will also premiere 11 extensions: CEIP Ses Cases Noves (Marratxí), CEIP Ses Comes (Manacor), CEIP Guillem Ballester i Cerdó (Muro), CEIP Punta de n’Amer (Sant Llorenç), IES Porto Cristo (Manacor), CEIP Sa Torre (Manacor), the IES Cap de Llevant (Maó) and CEIP Sant Carles (Santa Eulària).
In turn, throughout the course the extensions of the CEIP Escola Nova (Porreres), CEIP Simó Ballester and Museum of Education and IES Isidor Macabich (Ibiza) will finish.
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