High Schools in FVG Remain Closed as Protests Continue

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by In Trieste

Many continued to protest this past weekend in Piazza Unità against school closures and long-distance learning in Friuli Venezia Giulia. 

Numerous parents, teachers and students took to the streets in the past few weeks as schools were scheduled to remain closed until the end of the month. So much so that the Regional Administrative Court welcomed their appeal and granted the reopening of schools starting 18 January.

However, president Fedriga in his counterattack issued another regional decree which keeps high schools closed with only long-distance learning available. An act which overrules the Regional Administrative Court’s decision and thus keeps schools’ doors shut in our region until at least 31 January.

Many protesters worry the closure of schools will have irreversible psychological effects on students. In the conference on Sunday afternoon Fedriga underlined the “necessity of sacrifice” which in the future will bring the positive results “we all want.”

“With the decree in force from Monday, 18 January, we highlighted the absolute necessity to keep high schools closed until the pandemic situation gets better in our region” said Fedriga on Sunday, 17 January. “Due to the rise in cases in our region, we strongly believe that it is not the time to reopen schools yet. These are the same parameters the national government used when assigning the “orange” zone to Friuli Venezia Giulia.”

High schools in Friuli Venezia Giulia have been closed since 16 November with only long-distance learning on offer.

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