Since the return to school on September 1, not a day has gone by without a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in a school environment.

Parents of students are “on alert” . On the lookout for a placard posted in front of their school or a call from the principal. Since the return to class on 1 st  September and even earlier in Reunion, where the kick was made in mid-August , not a day passes without a case Covid in schools, suspected or confirmed, or ad. From Rhône to Haute-Vienne, from Gironde to Hauts-de-Seine, the list goes on.

Friday, September 4, the Minister of National Education put forward a first count allowing to put into perspective the proven contaminations: 22 schools (10 in metropolitan France, 12 in Reunion) and a hundred classes have already been forced to close.

A figure to be compared with the 60,000 establishments spread across the country. “It varies every day,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer, on Europe 1, specifying that around 250 protocols for suspected cases were triggered on a daily basis. These suspicions are most of the time “linked to factors external to the school ,” he explained. If there are more than three cases of Covid it triggers the closure ” .

On the same September 4, “thematic sheets” on the procedure to be followed were posted on the website of the Ministry of Education. We learn that “from three confirmed cases” on students “in different classes of the same level”, this can lead to the closure of this level. Or that from “three confirmed cases in different classes and levels”, there is a possible closure of the school or establishment .

Institutions’ “room for maneuver”

Details that do not remove the feeling of a “persistent vagueness”, according to education personnel. “For the moment, I have two or three suspected cases, blows a principal in the Rhône. The children were handed over to the parents. But after ? It escapes me a bit. ” ” Families are they going to tell us everything?, Asks another in Paris. There may be a sick person in the entourage, and we will not know. “ The strategy of testing them also raises questions.

In an interview given to the AEF agency on September 2, Philippe Vincent, spokesperson for the principals of the SNPDEN-UNSA, said he was satisfied that the protocol leaves a “room for maneuver” to the establishments, but pinpointed the procedure to be followed in the face of a case of Covid as “one of the weaknesses of the system” .

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