Welcoming all students, wearing a mask indoors, limiting mixing… Jean-Michel Blanquer gave in the columns of the Sunday newspaper (JDD) of August 22, details of the health protocol in force at the start of the September 2.
“Level 2” (out of four) of the protocol disseminated at the end of July was retained for metropolitan France: students go to class every day in full numbers, continue to wear the mask inside and to respect barrier gestures and the non-mixing between school levels. Indoors, PE teachers are advised to avoid sports « the contact », specified the minister.
If adjustments will be possible depending on local situations, this alert level is “The one that allows us to have the most normal possible return to school, with the students in class, while preserving everyone’s health”, insisted Jean-Michel Blanquer.
On the management of positive cases and contact cases, at primary school, the protocol remains the same as last year: a case of Covid-19 leads to the closure of the class. But it has been adjusted for middle and high school students; in July, the minister surprised by announcing that unvaccinated children would be “kicked out” if a student tested positive in their class. But according to his statements to JDD and the protocol updates online on the national education site, only unvaccinated students and contact cases of the child tested positive will ultimately be isolated.
“The ministry seems to have returned to the principle of reality, quips Sophie Vénétitay, from SNES-FSU. This idea had been taken out of the hat in the heart of summer, and we did not see how to implement it without generating strong tensions. “
The sensitive issue of pupils’ vaccination status
Another important clarification: contrary to what circulated this summer, the pupils of 6e are subject to the same protocol as other college students when a case arises in their class. But, unlike their comrades over 12 years old who are allowed to be vaccinated, they cannot use their vaccination certificate to return faster from the regulatory isolation of seven days.
On the sensitive issue of the vaccination status of students, Jean-Michel Blanquer gives the JDD A major clarification: children considered as contact cases will be able to return to class before the seven days on the basis of a certificate from the parents. These “Will be free to say whether their child is vaccinated or not, but this is the individual responsibility”, decides the minister. The health authorities will be able, if necessary, to verify that the families of the children in case of contact are telling the truth.
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