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Covid: new school relief announced next week

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Vers a new evolution of the health protocol in schools. Reductions in the health protocol should be announced for the end of the February holidays “at the end of the week or the beginning of next week”, unions said on Tuesday. Among the tracks considered, a reduction in the number of self-tests or the end of wearing a mask outdoors.

“We were told that an opinion from the High Council for Public Health would be given at the end of the week” and “that the decisions would then come fairly quickly”, with “announcements planned for the end of the week or the beginning of the week next”, told Agence France-Presse Sophie Vénétitay, secretary general of Snes-FSU, the first secondary union, after a meeting between the trade unions, the ministries of Education and Health. and the High Council for Public Health. “It should be either Friday or early next week,” added Guislaine David, general secretary of SNUipp-FSU, the first primary union. “We still have a little work to do by the end of the week to be able to announce all of this,” said Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, traveling to Hauts-de-Seine.

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Several “tracks” of relief were mentioned during this meeting, detailed Sophie Vénétitay, among which the possibility of reducing from three to two the number of self-tests for children with contact cases, “the end of certificates” on the honor that families give after the first self-test, the possible end of wearing a mask outdoors at school, or even a possible reduction in the level of protocol in primary school, which could be reduced from level 3 to level 2, again authorizing a greater mixing of students. The measures that would be decided could be applied “either when each zone returns from vacation, or while waiting for the return of zone C”, the last on leave until March 7, she continued. “It’s not settled. »

Towards the end of wearing the mask indoors?

Finally, in the medium term, “discussions are starting on lifting the wearing of masks indoors” at school, “but this is not at all on the agenda for the next few weeks”, she said. “For us, there is currently no question of removing the mask inside. It could only put contamination back into the schools, ”said Guislaine David. As for the transition to level 2 of the health protocol, “that raises the question of mixing” and would require “strengthening other barrier measures”, she said. “On the removal of masks indoors, too short a time frame for us would not be acceptable”, also told Agence France-Presse Frédéric Marchand, secretary general of Unsa education.

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