The University Council of the State University of Ponta Grossa (UEPG) approved, in an extraordinary meeting, the return of in-person academic activities, including extension activities, as of February 7, 2022. The Council meeting, remotely, took place at this meeting Tuesday (9) and was broadcast to the entire academic community on YouTube.
The Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Carlos Willians Jaques Morais, presented the proposal drawn up collectively by the Commission for Planning and Discussion of Biosafety Protocols, the Research and Extension Teaching Council, sector directors and their collegiate bodies.
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As stated in the collective proposal, the councilors approved the requirement for proof of the complete vaccination cycle against covid-19 for face-to-face feedback, by all members of the academic community.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Ione Jovino, presented the consultation that was carried out with academics between October 25 and November 5, 2021.
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According to the survey, 58.5% of students responded that they feel safe to return in person in 2022. The percentage of fully vaccinated students, however, does not exceed half of the total who responded to the survey. 45.7% said they had taken both doses of the covid-19 vaccine, while 52.6% had taken only the first dose, so far.
In the justification of the report for the in-person return in February, the academics report the possibility that everyone (teachers and students) will be fully vaccinated by then and the fact that state and municipal schools have already returned in person in Ponta Grossa, as well as parties and others events.
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There is also a highlight stating that students “reported impaired mental health as a result of remote classes, a feeling of loneliness, low income and not having a suitable place at home to carry out remote activities.”
Some students reported insecurity for face-to-face return, highlighting concerns about new variants and having risk factors for contagion.
Source: BoF Paraná
Edition: Lia Bianchini