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Obligation to use only surgical masks for students

Many are writing to us about the obligation of the exclusive use of surgical masks for students and we have noticed the usual Italian anomaly. With the advent of SARS-CoV-2 it has become plastic for everyone that the hierarchy of sources has taken a long vacation, but there is a limit to everything.

While some rules apply to the entire population, for too long there has been an almost morbid attention, certainly insane, for our children, where a different, pejorative and punitive treatment is optioned for them.

We do not have the strength to oppose even the use of masks at school, others are doing it and we have nothing more to add to this battle, but we can at least provide you with a text that you can and must customize, where if required of purely surgical masks, it is expected to be able to use those of the community, even self-produced, as for the rest of the population.

We would like to remind you in conclusion that if the school presents you with a document that certifies this obligation for pupils, in the letter that we make available to you it is reiterated that the memoranda of understanding constitute acts of political orientation and planning without immediately prescriptive content and, therefore , also the Memorandum of Understanding for the safe start of the 2021/2022 school year, signed by the Ministry of Education and the trade unions on 14 August 2021, has the same regulatory value.

Compared to the previous letter concerning the request for a Green Pass to the parents of the pupils, in this case the situation is certainly more difficult and you will probably encounter greater friction. We don't have to remind you who produces the surgical masks supplied to the Italian school ...

NOTE: Remember to replace the parts in red with the data of the school or institute that requires only surgical masks


MIUR Veneto has sent a communication to the schools indicating the specific obligation of the surgical mask:


If you read it carefully, you will notice that in that paragraph the Decree Law 111/2021 and the Memorandum of Understanding for the safe start of the 2021/2022 school year, signed by the Ministry of Education and the trade unions on the 14th, were cited. August 2021, joining them as if it were part of the Law Decree but it is not so. Legislative Decree 111/21, article 1 letter a) states: "it is mandatory to use respiratory protection devices, except for children under the age of six, for people with pathologies or disabilities incompatible with the use of the aforementioned devices and for carrying out activities 'sports; " and does not mention the surgical masks, which instead are in the memorandum of understanding.


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