Parents, teachers and school principals will be able to prepare for the new health protocol in schools.

Criticized for his often late announcements, Jean-Michel Blanquer corrected the situation by announcing, this Friday, to the academies of schools and educational establishments, the new measures to fight against the coronavirus pandemic in schools, ten days before the premiere. return from winter holidays (for zone B).

These announcements follow a tripartite meeting with the Ministry of Health and teachers' unions held last Tuesday.

As the epidemic situation improves in the territory, as in schools, the easing of certain restrictions was expected.

Indeed, class closures for Covid-19 cases are decreasing, with only 0.05% of schools closed, and 2% of classes, according to ministry figures released on Friday.

In the pipes since the beginning of the week, the passage of the health protocol from level 3 to level 2 in French schools is finally recorded.

The latter involves the lifting of the mask outdoors, particularly in playgrounds, for students and supervisors, a limitation of mixing by level, in particular during restoration times and the return of indoor sport with the mask, “respecting distancing: contact sports are therefore not authorized without a mask, ”recalls the ministry in a press release.

These new measures will come into effect when each zone returns from the winter holidays: February 21 for zone B, February 28 for zone 1 and March 7 for zone C.

Streamlined self-tests

For ever fewer classes and schools closed, the Minister of National Education announced the abolition of two of the three mandatory self-tests, if a positive case of Covid-19 is detected in a class, from February 28.

No longer do you need to have your child tested on D0 and D + 4, only on D + 2. Education staff are also affected by this change.

Because, according to Jean-Michel Blanquer, it is at D + 2 that it is the “most effective”, he explained to the press from the court of the ministry.

In addition, “the presentation of a sworn statement from the pupils' legal guardians attesting to the completion of the tests will no longer be required for pupils to be welcomed into schools.

This simplification measure will apply from the start of the school year on February 21, ”specifies the ministry further.

This provision was, in fact, little understood by teachers and parents, who demanded a clearer device.

“What is it really for?

“So wondered Sophie Venetitay, deputy secretary of the SNES-FSU and SES teacher in high school, about this sworn statement, the test results of which were unverifiable.

A reduced protocol too soon?

The risk is to lift certain restrictions too soon, in particular the mask outside in schools.

Yves Buisson, epidemiologist and president of the Covid-19 group at the Academy of Medicine, is “not sure that wearing a mask should be lifted outside.

In the playgrounds, we are more in the body-to-body than in the classrooms, even if it is outside.

It's the difference with everyday life, in the street, we don't blow a kiss to everyone, we naturally keep our distance.


Even the unions prefer stability in the measures, rather than taking one step forward and three back.

For Stéphane Crochet, secretary general of SE-UNSA, it is necessary to avoid "multiplying orders and counter-orders in the following weeks", as was the case between October and November, when the wearing of the mask had been abandoned, before being restored a few weeks later in view of the epidemic situation in the country.


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