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With preventive measures in place, Casal de Joves resumes regular hours

The Formentera Department of Youth announces that the Casal de Joves, a youth drop-in centre located in Centre Social es Molí, will reopen tomorrow, welcoming back local youngsters Tuesday through Saturday from 4.00pm to 10.00pm. Building capacity and special Covid-19 hygiene protocol will observed, with masks required any time social distancing measures cannot be followed.

Casal de Joves employees will remind visitors of safety protocol in place, taking care to disperse groups and staggering entry to the centre. No more than ten individuals will be allowed in the centre at a time, including an on-site counselor or the centre’s director, and, as in the past, a visitation register will be kept. Casal staff expect to be able to periodically host in-person workshops, with an ongoing programme of online activities on the “Casal Viral”. The centre has also been equipped with an isolation space where necessary healthcare protocol can be followed in the event a visitor shows symptoms.

Youth consellera Vanessa Parellada delighted in the opportunity to welcome young people back to the Casal, which serves as not just a meeting point for a great deal of Formentera youth, but also a place to hang out and share experiences with, and to learn mutually from, Casal staff and other young people. “Confinement was particularly tough on children and adolescents alike”, said Parellada, “and it’s crucial they re-establish a certain normality in their lives and social relations as we move through lockdown de-escalation”.

The Casal goes viral
As far as a bright side to confinement is concerned, the consellera and department staff pointed to the fact that the Casal was able to stay connected with island youth across social media accounts. Said Parellada, “Now, considering the warm response received, those channels will stay active and be further developed through online workshops—one new feature which actually succeeded in getting parents into the Casal, as the chaperones of their daughters and sons.”

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Tourism information points reopen

foto 2020 oficines turistiquesThe Formentera Department of Tourism reports that tourism information points reopened today in Sant Francesc, La Savina and Es Pujols. The sites, known as Oficines d'Informació Turística, will open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 2.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm, and Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Assuming the 2020 tourist season can be extended later into the year, the offices are expected to remain active until November.

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Island’s nurseries reopen

foto 2020 tornada escoletaThe Formentera Department of Education reports that the Sa Miranda and Camí Vell nurseries will reopen from today, 15 June, welcoming back 17 youngsters at the former and 3 at the latter. Opening at 50% capacity, the escoletes can accommodate 54 of the 108 children normally enrolled.

The resumption of classes following a three-month hiatus will be gradual, with a transitional period aimed at helping children ease back into things and plans to increase class size progressively. Priority for admission will be given 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. The nurseries will open from 7.30am to 2.30pm, offering both early drop-off and cafeteria service.

Because of Covid-19, classrooms will reopen in line with safety and hygiene protocol: educators will wear masks given the impossibility of complying with the two-metre distancing rule. Infant groups will have no more than four children per group; one- to two-year-old groups will be limited to six, and a nine-child maximum will be observed for two- to three-year-old groups. Children must take turns in the patio space and open-air activities are encouraged, while the instructor-pupil ratio has been adjusted to enable teachers to adapt educational activities to new guidelines.

Each child’s temperature must be taken every day before school, and any children with a temperature of 37.5 or more must remain at home. As in previous months, educators will be assigned to families of children not currently returning to school.

15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera and Ajuntament d'Eivissa team up to offer language pointers to government personnel

Formentera’s office of language normalisation has joined forces with the city government of Eivissa to launch ‘Apunts en net’, a resource designed to help employees of both administrations tackle the most common issues raised by drafting texts in Catalan.

The premise: every week, three Catalan language-related notes will go out to work email accounts. Each email will contain a brief text explaining a theoretical aspect of the language and offering examples. Features will touch on one of three subjects:

1. Spelling, syntax, grammar and vocabulary (pronouns, prepositions, specific lexicon, etc.)
2. Stylistic conventions (use of upper and lower case, abbreviations and symbols, etc.)
3. Catalan for administrative contexts (administrative terms, aspects related to drafting administrative texts, etc.)

The programme’s creators see ‘Apunts en net’ as a way to give staff additional support in their daily work. Content will be geared towards not just addressing frequently asked questions about vocabulary, writing tips and stylistic conventions, but also offering clearly worded insight about evolving rules and conventions, newly coined words and specific expressions that surface over time. The format likewise allows for discussion of place names and real-life words and expressions.

Content and design of the weekly updates will be overseen by the language advisory services of both islands. Agency staff can expect to find the first emails in their inbox starting in June.

12 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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