Spain: Kindergartens go back to school amid spike of cases in Madrid region

Madrid's kindergarten reopened on Friday despite the recent upsurge in cases of coronavirus in the community. The return to the classroom is taking place under strict health measures as filmed at the Valdebebitos kindergarten in the Valdebebas district of Madrid. The centre has established a protocol to be followed by teachers, students and parents. «We have a protocol, from the moment the parents enter the school, the first thing we do is take their temperature, then they disinfect their shoes and hands, and every 'little one' goes to his or her class, where they put on a bib that is disinfected every day here in the school,» explained Mary Gomez, director of the Valdebebitos kindergarten. To make it easier to track down infections, the classrooms are divided into stable cohabitation groups, called 'bubble groups.' «They do everything with that same group, the relationships they have are with each other, with the same teacher, they eat in the classrooms, they sleep in the classrooms too, they go out into the playground in shifts, and in each shift the playground is disinfected. In the end, everything is very controlled, just in case there is a case, it can be located.» In view of the upsurge in infections in the Community of Madrid, the regional government has announced new measures this Friday. From Monday onward, no more than 10 people will be allowed to meet in public or private areas, the capacity of events will be limited, the number of medicalised hotels will be increased and the number of trackers will be doubled.

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