The Vila Real de Santo António City Council started the 2020-2021 school year with the provision of new computer material in the classrooms, through the creation of new information technology classrooms, together with the installation of several interactive whiteboards in the classrooms. the first cycle and the placement of projectors in all rooms. In addition to this, there are also changes in transport.
One more year, the municipality will offer transportation for a study visit to all classes in the first cycle and pre-school, as long as all the safety, health and hygiene conditions are in place to prevent Covid-19.
In a pioneering way in the Algarve, the municipality will continue to provide, completely free of charge, the family support component, namely the extension of hours for pre-school students.
Also this school year, the parish of Vila Nova de Cacela will receive a new crèche. The opening of the space, at the Manuel Cabanas School, is the result of a partnership between the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António and the Red Cross Delegation of VRSA.
The equipment will be located in the pre-school facilities, in the center of the town, and will have two rooms with a capacity for 35 children, from four months to three years old.
In terms of social support in the first cycle, the City Council plans to help around 300 students, in the case of grade A, and close to 200, in the case of grade B, namely with regard to school material.
As for school meals, the full amount will be paid to students in the 1st cycle and pre-school education in the 1st level and 50% subsidy for students at these levels of education in the 2nd level. In this context, the municipality highlights the "quality of the meals provided, made locally using products from the region".
As far as school transport is concerned, it will be free until the 9th grade. For secondary school students in the 1st level it will also be provided at zero cost, while in the 2nd level it is financed by the municipality in 75%. The remaining students have a 50% contribution.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the municipality of VRSA guarantees that "it will adopt, in a responsible manner, and in conjunction with the direction of the school clusters, a set of measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus."
To this end, the local authority will extend the schedule of special school transport circuits, in order to avoid the permanence of students in school after the end of classes. Also in this line, it was agreed, with the public transport companies operating in the municipality, to adjust the school transport schedule.
In this context, the number of operational assistants was also increased, with a view to enabling improvements in the procedures for cleaning and sanitizing school spaces and in monitoring students during more complex periods of the day, namely during the provision of school meals.
The promotion of training actions aimed at non-teaching staff is also underway, within the scope of the promotion of preventive behaviors against the spread of Covid-19, with the acquisition and continuous supply of personal protection and disinfection equipment for the entire school community. .
In addition to these aspects, there is the work of the teams of psychologists from the VRSA City Council (NEIP) who, throughout the school year, and free of charge, work in conjunction with students, teachers and guardians.
As in previous years, the municipality launches the Educational Offer Guide. Systematized in order to cover the various levels of education, the publication brings together the contributions that municipal services and the various public and private partners (who also joined the project) made available to the school community, asserting itself as an important instrument for curriculum enrichment .
The project is a tool that aims to contribute to the school success of the groups, providing the appreciation of the school and the development of civic awareness of students.