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Gearing up for 2020 season, Consell launches call for 22 summer school counsellors

The Consell de Formentera reports that this week, with efforts under way to launch the island’s 2020 summer school programme, a call is going out for 22 day-camp counsellors, with a Sunday 31 May deadline on applications. Work is tentatively expected to start 8 June and continue between two and a half and three months. Interested parties can sign up and get complete information about the offer on the human resources section of the Consell’s website or by clicking on the job offers link here.

Vanessa Parellada, chief of the island’s Department of Youth signalled 1 July as a likely date that children ages 3 to 12 could begin the summer school programme, telling parents to expect the usual dates to apply. “Emergency orders currently prevent leisure activities like those provided at a summer school”, said Parellada, “but we want to be ready so that the moment the restriction is loosened we can put forward an activities programme offering young people top-notch recreational options this summer. After these months of confinement, they surely need it more now than ever.”

The consellera described the summer school programme as a source of help for many parents who have been called on to return to work, and made assurances that the Escola d’Estiu would be reopened under lock-step compliance with hygiene and health protocol. For weeks the Formentera Department of Youth, or Àrea de Joventut, has been working with the Balearic government and other regional island councils to draft a health protocol and safety measures that must be tuned to orders from the Spanish health ministry. In the days ahead families can begin the process of enrolment and will receive details about the activities and safety measures observed as part of the Escola d’Estiu.

26 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera’s escoletes to reopen between 8-15 June

The Formentera Department of Education reports that the nurseries Sa Miranda and Camí Vell will reopen between 8 and 15 June. The escoletes will open at 50% capacity, with space for 54 of the typical 108 children enrolled. Priority will go to children of parents for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, households facing increased risk of social and economic hardship and families in which children are receiving special protective attention.

Phone calls will be going out in the days ahead to assess the situations of individual families and determine which children will be among those returning to class this spring. Families of children who stay home need not pay any fees, and spots will be guaranteed for the coming school year. According to education consellera Susana Labrador, in recent weeks the Consell de Formentera has been working with the Govern balear to ensure the return to classrooms is safe for children and educators alike, and that the latest ministerial orders allow for just that. Labrador additionally indicated that safety protocols at the nurseries were now being fine-tuned.

“Confinement was more difficult for children, and we know how hard it’s been on families trying to juggle a job and childcare”, said Labrador. “Being able to open this educational meeting place—so crucial to a return to normal for adults and kids alike—is among the administration’s top priorities.”

Classrooms will reopen in line with safety and hygiene protocol: educators will wear masks, for example—“we know the two-metre rule won’t be feasible with little ones”, explained the consellera. Children will take turns in the patio area, open-air activities will be encouraged and the adjusted instructor-pupil ratio will enable teachers to adapt educational activities to the Covid-19 situation.

26 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Escola de Música i Dansa hosts photo contest

foto aplaudiment EMMDWith the photo contest of the Consell de Formentera’s music and dance school approaching its second year, the Escola de Música i Dansa has announced that this year’s competition is going virtual.

Photo submissions will be accepted on social media site Instagram. The contest is open to all Formentera residents, not just those enrolled at the school. Entries, which must be contestants’ original work, should encapsulate the idea of “Music and/or dance in confinement”. Photos will be judged based on creativity and resonance with the theme.

To participate:

- Follow the Escola Municipal de Música i Dansa de Formentera (@escolamusicadansaformentera)
- Publish your photo, noting your full name followed by #EMMDFConcursFotografia2020
- Tag @escolamusicadansaformentera in the photo
- If you don’t have Instagram you can make your submission using a friend or family member’s account (ask for permission first)

Submissions will be accepted between 1 and 31 May 2020. A total of three winning entries will be picked and later displayed as part of the school’s upcoming photo exhibit.

12 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Enrolment at Formentera nurseries

The Formentera Department of Education reports that this year, enrolment at the island’s two escoletes will be conducted virtually. The order came from the regional education ministry and will also apply to signups at all early-learning, primary and secondary schools—a measure aimed at preventing groups and reducing social contact amid the Covid-19 crisis.

For ages zero to three, registration begins 14 May and concludes 5 June in a process that will take place on GESTIB, an online platform which parents and guardians can access with a password or via an authentication procedure on CL@VE. The information is available here in Catalan and here in Spanish.

Children who have already attended classes and are thus already enrolled can skip the process. Questions can be addressed via email at escoleta@conselldeformentera.cat or over the phone, 9.00am to 2.00pm, at 971.32.34.15.

7 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera releases info sheet re: Internet access possibilities on island

The Formentera Departments of Education and New Technologies have unveiled an informational poster highlighting possibilities for Internet connectivity on Formentera. The document was designed to give primary and secondary schools information that teachers could pass along to parents in an effort to ensure pupils have Internet access while kept at home by the state of alarm.

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How can we get Internet access for our children?

If you don’t have Internet and you’d like to, there are a number ways to get connected, whether you live in town or out in the countryside.

1) Do you have a cable connection and/or a landline?

Then most likely you can get a fibre optic or ADSL connection. Multiple companies offer the service; if phone them and tell them your address, they’ll advise you on the best option, cost and how long it will take to get set up.

2) Your house can’t get cable or fibre optic? Or you prefer not to instal a cable Internet connection?

2.1 Do you have a mobile phone and get good service (signal reception) where you live?

As long as reception is good where you live, all you need is a mobile phone with a contract for data service or with a SIM card equipped for data service. If they let you share data via Wi-Fi, you’re all set. No installation is necessary. It’s important you contact your service provider so you can review your options and find out about conditions concerning data use.

2.2 You don’t have a mobile phone, but service where you live is good.

You can connect to Internet with a SIM card and a 4G modem. No installation is necessary. You don’t even need a contract; prepaid services work, too. Prices vary per data use.

2.3 Reception is bad were you live?

You also have the options of a wireless radio-wave (WiMAX) connection and satellite connection. For these services you’ll need to contact a WiMAX or satellite Internet service provider. They’ll advise you about the best option, prices and how long it will take to get set up.

How can we help our neighbours’ children get Internet?

If you live in a building in town, your Internet connection might be useful to your neighbours’ children.

How do you do it?

Don’t set a password on your home Wi-Fi connection and configure it so others can connect.
If you know your neighbours don’t have a connection of their own —and you think they may be able to use one for schoolwork, email, online platforms and a bit of daily entertainment— give them your password.

And what if families can’t afford an Internet connection?

Contact the Formentera Department of Social Welfare (Benestar Social) via phone or email: 971 32 12 71 / benestarsocial@conselldeformentera.cat

7 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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