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SCHOOL AND COVID. In mid-April, the Ministry of Education issued a new report on the number of classes closed in France due to Covid at the school. See this article to find out the numbers of school structures closed in detail, as well as cases of contamination.

[Mis à jour le 15 avril 2022 à 15h50] How many classes are closed in France because of Covid? On April 15, 2022, the Ministry of Education provided the final full weekly update on the situation for Covid-19 in schools. According to this update and its data, on Thursday April 14 at 1 pm, 728 classes were closed this week from 284,226, or 0.26% of it *.

Regarding school structures (public and private under contract), the ministry listed 4 closing out of 31,506. In detail, all closed structures are schools. Nothing to do with college or high school. What about the confirmed Covid cases?

  • Students : 39,357 confirmed Covid cases (cumulative last seven days; + 4,411 in 24 hours)
  • personal : 5,802 Covid cases (cumulative last seven days; +758 in 24 hours)

These figures are “based on the voluntary declaration of interested parties regarding medical confidentiality”, determines the Ministry of Education.

* Beginning in January 2022, class closures resulting from the presentation of confirmed cases of students as well as those due to the absence of teachers / staff are counted.

Why are other classes still closed?

The government revised the rules in early January regarding the closure of establishments. Previously, a class was closed when three Covid cases were known; at the beginning of the school year in January, the general principle is that classes do not close and that children be tested when a case of Covid is identified in class. But obviously the classes are closing … Closures really happen “depending on the situation”. “In the presence, for example, in a very large number of cases”, the ministry services are defined.

Covid circulation in schools, government strategy … Answers

What is the circulation of Covid in schools in France? Is the government pursuing the same strategy? What form does the health protocol take in schools, colleges, high schools? summarizes helpful answers on this special page.

At the end of the day of the January 13 major teachers ’strike within National Education (38.5% of the strikers according to the ministry; 75% according to the first primary union), Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer made a bag announcements about the fight against Covid at school. Recruitment of replacements and reinforcement staff, FFP2 masks, mid-CP inspections … Here is a summary of the main new formal steps:

  • More recruitments : more than 8,000 National Education reinforcements have been announced “in the next few days and weeks” to deal with the health crisis, Jean-Michel Blanquer recalled on Jan. 14. They need to manage, for now, until the end of the school year. In the first degree, 3,300 additional contractual teachers will be requisitioned by the end of the school year, he announced. In the first degree, it also appeals to additional lists (those who passed the teacher competition without being recruited) at the rate of “how many hundred people”. In secondary education, the recruitment of 1,500 education assistants (supervisors) is also planned by the end of the year. In second degree constituencies, there will also be 1,500 additional administrative temporary workers who will have to come to the support of National Education inspectors, themselves to support the directors of coronavirus management schools. About 1,500 more anti-Covid mediators were also mentioned by the Minister of Education, who was invited by franceinfo on 14 January.
  • A distribution of FFP2 masks : the measure “should not be desirable” according to the High Council of Public Health, insisted underlining the Minister of Education of franceinfo on January 14, especially since it is more difficult to teach this kind of masks. However, the Minister promised to distribute 5 million FFP2 masks, which is a priority for teachers in nursery schools (school children do not wear masks there), to AESH ( with students with disabilities) and with teachers with children with disabilities. Two surgical masks per day should also be provided by teachers in general. On January 26, the Minister of Education announced to BFMTV that “90% of the FFP2 masks are on the ground”, that some have been shipped, and that “surgical masks are also coming”.
  • Evaluations were postponed in the middle of the CP : CP mid-year assessments are scheduled to begin the week of January 17. They were finally postponed “to a deadline that remains as defined by the unions”.
  • Postponement of bac exams, studied : the Ministry of Education will study the possibility of postponing the baccalaureate specialty teaching tests, which usually take place in March. The possibility of postponing them to June should be studied, in consultation with “representative organizations” and “council of high school life”.

What about air purifiers?

About air purifiers, aka CO2 sensors to be installed in classrooms, the minister pointed to a “constitutional rule” by proving that the distribution of masks is done by the State because it is the employer, but that of CO2 sensors “under the jurisdiction of local authorities”. The 20 million euro fund previously provided by the State “has not yet been completely exhausted”, Jean-Michel Blanquer stressed. “Our goal is in any case the generalization of sensors, and the State to support communities for it”, confirmed the Minister of Education.

What is the level of circulation of Covid in schools in France? Here are the incident rates (number of cases per 100,000) measured last week at the school level. The figures below were designed by Public Health France and taken from the Data.gouv website. If the automated screening currently implemented in schools clearly increases the size of the numbers, the latter even establishes that the virus is widespread around schools, at least as much as in the majority of the population:

After reducing Covid-19-related hospitalizations in France and generally favorable health indicators, the government has decided to revise the school health protocol from Monday 14 March. More information at this point on our special page “School health protocol”:

The school is now at the heart of health crisis management. The government maintains a principle which it does not want to be undermined: everything must be done to keep schools open., despite the active circulation of the coronavirus epidemic. At a press conference on January 20, Prime Minister Jean Castex also confirmed that the “choice” not to close schools “is the right one”. “I saw representatives of the National Education staff and we made the necessary corrections, but nothing was worse than closing schools, or even delaying the start of the new school year. [de janvier 2022]. Because reopening, due to the surge in the number of cases, is very difficult “, he added. This strategy has remained the same to this day, and is accompanied by a gradual easing of the strict measures that are in place. in health protocol.special schools.

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