On February 1, 2021, the Ministry of National Education announced the update of the school health protocol. Despite its strengthening, some plead for the closure of schools for several weeks. And for good reason, the epidemic of Covid-19 and its variants is not weakening in France.
Covid-19: who wants to close schools, colleges and high schools?
During the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, distance school exhausted most parents who had to juggle their own work, shopping, home maintenance and childcare; all with the fear of catching Covid-19. An experience that they do not want to repeat at all. So much so that when the second lockdown was put in place in late fall, it was with immense relief that they learned that schools, colleges and high schools would not be closing.
While a third confinement hangs in the face of the French at the beginning of the year 2021, everyone hopes that schools will remain open. Whether it is the parents who do not have the courage to repeat the experience, the teachers who must adapt the learning and even the children who need to see their friends. Besides, according to the Toulouse pediatric services of the Toulouse University Hospital, 1 in 5 children suffered from post-traumatic stress during the first confinement.
No one wants schools to close in the event of confinement. No one ? Not quite. Invited on the France Info set on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Professor Rémi Salomon, president of the establishment medical commission of Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP) pleaded for the closure of schools : ” Closing the schools makes it possible to do more telework. Given what is happening in hospitals, schools have to be closed for three weeks, one month, and then reopened. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to increase the length of the vacation “.
Nursery, primary and secondary: the school health protocol has been strengthened
Pending a possible reconfinement with a possible closure of schools, the Ministry of National Education announced on Monday February 1 the update of the health protocol. In the event of the appearance of a first Covid-19 case or one of its variants in kindergarten, the class must close. The other students will then be identified as ” risky contact cases »And will therefore have to stay at home for 7 days.
Other rules in primary and secondary where the mask is compulsory from 6 years old. ” In the circumstance where three students from the same class (from different siblings) would be positive for Covid-19, then the students and the staff of the class must be considered as risk contacts “. If it is one of the variants, however, the class will close for a single case. Finally, a distance of two meters (compared to only one meter previously) between groups of students is now required in the canteen.