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Canada Reconfinement: schools could remain open

23:20  24 january  2021
23:20  24 january  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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“We can think (that these vaccines) will remain partly effective” against the new variants, he added. However, for him, the idea of achieving “group “I prefer the terms that prevailed in November with open establishments, especially since we see a posteriori that our strategy has worked”, continued

Though the resumption of in-person schooling can help children’s education remain on track and allow parents to work, it also Some schools have pushed forward by mandating safety equipment like face masks, sanitizer and desk shields, but not all countries have been able to implement these measures.

«La situation permet la continuité scolaire. Mais nous sommes vigilants», a assuré Jean-Michel Blanquer au journal JDD ce week-end. © 323371272 / Oksana Kuzmina - stock.adobe.com “The situation allows school continuity. But we are vigilant ”, assured Jean-Michel Blanquer to the newspaper JDD this weekend.

The modalities of a third containment could approach those of the second, in November. A confinement during which schools and colleges remained completely open. Only high schools had been authorized to set up half-groups of students, a situation that continues.

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If confinement seems inevitable according to several medical voices, restrictions similar to those of November " would make it possible to make a compromise between the health necessity and the needs of an economic life ", estimated Sunday Karine Lacombe, head of infectious diseases department at the Parisian Saint-Antoine hospital, to the “Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI”. In particular, she wants to keep schools open, " for the well-being of children ".

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the schools had remained open , Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of National Education, explains to the Journal du dimanche that he again wishes to keep the schools “All our work is to avoid this assumption ( Editor’s note: the closure ), even if it remains conceivable in case of absolute necessity

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This maintenance of open schools has been defended by the Ministry of Education for months . The situation allows school continuity. But we are vigilant ”, assured Jean-Michel Blanquer to the newspaper JDD this weekend. " All our work consists in avoiding this hypothesis of a closure, even if it remains conceivable in the event of absolute necessity. School remains essential for our children . "

The minister recalls that the strategy taken in November was all the more his preference as it" worked ". If France remains on a high epidemic plateau, its health situation is for the moment less perilous than that of several of its European neighbors. Admittedly, 371 classes were closed on Friday in France because of the virus, a figure that increased compared to the previous week, but similar to those in November, during which a significant number of contaminations had been recorded. However, for the minister, the situation does not call for closing schools, any more in the fall than today.

Even in the event of re-confinement, Blanquer hopes to keep schools open

 Even in the event of re-confinement, Blanquer hopes to keep schools open In an interview with the “Journal du Dimanche”, the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, evokes the possibility of a third confinement while hoping that the schools can remain open. © REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes Health measures against school continuity, this is the dilemma the government has been exposed to since the start of the covid-19 pandemic, almost a year ago.

Confinement also aggravates economic problems for families, which can lead to increases in episodes of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. This suggests that reopening schools could be the right option, if Schools in Taiwan have remained open . EPA.

Any school that opens should also follow new protocols on physical distancing, class size and ventilation. Schools without the funding or staffing necessary to meet those standards may have to stay closed, experts warned, even if they meet the targets we used.

Teachers 'strike on Tuesday

He will have to deal with his teachers' unions, which are preparing a strike on Tuesday. If the latter do not go so far as to demand a closure, they regularly criticize the " insufficiencies " of the health protocol . The Snuipp-FSU, for example, calls for priority access to vaccination for National Education staff, a massive campaign of tests in schools to quickly isolate positive cases, and equipment in single-use surgical masks. And more stringent contact isolation instructions.

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If a closure of schools is not wanted by the Rue de Grenelle because of the obviously deleterious consequences for the students, the Minister of 'Economy, Bruno Le Maire would also prefer not to touch it. A lockdown that requires the closure of so-called non-essential businesses, without affecting schools, represents around 9 to 10 billion in aid to be paid per month. But the bill could double if schools close, like last spring. Who says schools closed, says partial unemployment for some of the parents. And businesses and utilities that are idling. A nightmare scenario for the government.

Sales, evenings: the French take advantage of the last hours before the reconfinement .
© STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP While the reconfinement could be decreed in the coming days, the French seem resigned and even… accustomed. Before the fateful hour, they seek to decompress but nonetheless remain worried and full of questions about the extent of this measure. Emmanuel Macron convened a new defense council on Friday evening.

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