Back to school: National Education adapts its health protocol

The main lines of the new executive valid for the 2022-2023 school year were presented at the teaching unions on Tuesday July 12. They will be communicated on Wednesday to communities and parents’ federations.


Back to school, the 1 er September, will not be “without” sanitary protocol. And the latter is already ready: this is the message addressed by the Ministry of Education by welcoming, Tuesday, July 12, the first “health point” of the “Pap Ndiaye”, it is commented in union ranks.

This Tuesday, therefore, five days after the official start of the summer holidays, met on rue de Grenelle, the “partnership body” created in January 2022, at the height of the Omicron wave and a vast Contestation movement in the field of the school, to give clarity to health strategy in schools. A meeting of almost three hours, very symbolic: in full seventh wave of the epidemic of Covid-19, while the Ba.5 subvariant of Omicron circulates but that schools, colleges and high schools are now closed to the public, Stakeholders, representatives of education, health and high public health council, intend to demonstrate that they are not waiting for the end of the summer to rule.

The health protocol valid for the coming year, which will be formalized “in the coming days”, we assure in the entourage of Mr. Ndiaye, will include, according to the unions, three levels related to the circulation of the virus . A level 1 known as “moderate vigilance”; A level 2 of “increased vigilance”; A level 3 corresponding to a “very unfavorable evolution”. It is, at first glance, one level less than in the previous protocol; But the new frame also includes a “base”, a sort of zero level which amounts, in fact, to position itself on four levels – as under the white era.

two main inflections

The unions, which rather welcome the framing presented to them, are two main inflections. Primo, the period of ten days which is planned between the announcement of a change of level and its concrete application, in the establishments. “The ministry has heard that you had to stop working on tense flows, with advertisements to put to music overnight,” reacts Sophie Venetitay, SNES-FSU.

Second change: for the port of the mask as for the Tracing contact, the school will be aligned on the general population recommendations set out by the health authorities. “Concretely, today, if we were still lessons, the mask would be recommended, but not compulsory,” continues the trade unionist. Ditto for the management of contact cases and tests. “” The idea is that he n ‘There is no reason that the school has drastic operating rules if the rest of the company does not have one, also notes Audrey Lalanne, present at the ministry in the name of the SE-UNSA; this match should lift the misunderstandings. “

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