Return of the mask to school: teachers expect to have to deal with a “big disappointment”

There are those who speak of a “Yoyo effect”. Others of a “Retreat” or a « stop and go ». In elementary schools in the 39 departments where, due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic, schoolchildren will have to put on the mask after coming out of the holidays after enjoying a few weeks ” without “, as announced by the government on Wednesday, November 3, the directors say ” play for time “.

“We have four days ahead of us, including weekends, to warn colleagues and parents”, testifies Emmanuelle Marais, at the head of an elementary school of six classes in Redon (Ille-et-Vilaine) where the pupils were able to “Take off the mask” October 11. At the time, this union member at SNUipp-FSU hosted the“Relaxation” of the protocol as a ” very good news for school life ”, while judging him “Probably premature”.

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There are many on the ground, today, to think like her: Ille-et-Villaine is part, along with Ain, Hautes-Alpes, Aveyron, Vendée or even Vienne, of the 39 departments. metropolitan residents to have to return to level 2 of the health protocol, after having temporarily benefited – between one and three weeks, depending on the territory – from the first level (on a scale of four). An improvement appreciated, but of short duration: as of the Monday of the start of the school year, a total of 57 metropolitan departments and 4 overseas territories will apply level 2, and 39 level 1, when they were 79 in this case before the holidays. . Only one department – Mayenne – sees the constraints lighten. For the majority, the degree of vigilance is maintained or increased.

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In addition to re-establishing the wearing of masks indoors for students, the announced change provides for “The limitation of mixing by level, the increase in the frequency of disinfection and the respect of a physical distancing adapted for physical and sporting activities, [des mesures qui doivent être] implemented as quickly as possible ”, the ministries of education and health said in a joint statement released Wednesday evening.

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“We have had a compass since the start of the crisis, is that as soon as we can alleviate measures of constraint, we do it, defended a few hours earlier the spokesman of the government, Gabriel Attal, at the exit of the council of ministers. Obviously, this principle works both ways and, as the situation deteriorates, unfortunately, we have to reactivate a number of measures. “ The threshold is known: above an incidence rate of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, « on revisse », we breathe in schools.

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Return of the mask to school: teachers expect to have to deal with a “big disappointment”