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© LP / Mehdi Gherdane Limay, Monday. In this town, the mayor defies government decisions. In Limay (Yvelines), all shops are essential. At least this is the opinion of the mayor (PCF) Eric Roulot who issued a decree to keep all the shops in his city open despite government obligations. The bookseller will reopen this Tuesday The elected official highlights "equal treatment" between supermarkets - authorized to open - and non-food trade, normally forced to close.
The tension was palpable on Tuesday near several high schools in the Seine valley. Students tried to prevent, and some succeeded in blocking access to four establishments in Mantes-la-Jolie, Limay or even Aubergenville.
In front of the gates of the Lycée Condorcet in Limay, garbage cans were set on fire for part of the morning. The principal tried to pacify the situation by coming to meet the students. In Aubergenville, police officers were deployed in large numbers to secure the surroundings of the Van-Gogh high school. According to the teachers' unions, the teachers managed to restore calm to Mantes-la-Jolie by presenting themselves, around 11 am, in front of the gates of the Rostand and Saint-Exupéry high schools.
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After eight months of interruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, six million Algerian schoolchildren started their school year on Wednesday, October 21. To not miss anything on African news, subscribe to the "World Africa" newsletter from this link. Every Saturday at 6 am, find a week of current events and debates treated by the editorial staff of "World Africa". © Supplied by Le Monde During the start of the school year in a class of a school in Algiers, October 21, 2020.
No frost available, more than thirty per class
This situation was repeated elsewhere in Ile-de-France to varying degrees. Students everywhere are protesting against the health situation in their establishment. "We do not even have a gel available and are crowded with more than thirty per class, testify several young girls met near the Lycée Condorcet. And for the canteen, it's even worse. »
One of them shows an alarming video of the Condorcet refectory. We actually see dozens of high school students agglutinated, without the rules of distance being applied. “We can't go to class that way, it's creepy,” said another student. According to several sources, the monitors were even contaminated at the end of September by the Covid and had to be placed in solitary confinement.
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Could we again confine students and switch to distance education? While , the epidemic is still hitting France hard and has left more than 470 dead in 24 hours, some teachers are calling for a return, at least partially, to virtual education. Mathieu Hanotin, mayor (PS) of Saint-Denis , for his part is opposed to stricter health regulations in schools. For him, it is the education of young people which is at stake, he explains to the microphone of Europe 1.
The concern of high school students is not feigned. While condemning "unacceptable violence and degradation", the regional council in charge of 460 high schools in Ile-de-France, has also relayed their fears to the Ministry of National Education.
School catering at the center of concerns
As of Monday Jean-Michel Blanquer was thus alerted to the problem posed by the organization of school catering. “Given the numbers and the current mode of operation, 60% of high schools will not be able to apply the new health protocol. We will have to move in these high schools to an organization with four services (against three currently), ”wrote Valérie Pécresse (Libres!) In her letter to the minister.
A wish that comes up against a major pitfall: an additional service would require a change in the schedules of the students in order to avoid them choosing between studying and having lunch.
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Any changes in the coming days?
On the side of the SNES-FSU, the majority union of teachers in the 2nd degree, it is announced, on condition of anonymity, that the rectorate is in the process of "giving up ballast". “It could quickly make it possible to organize the lessons in half-groups in the very mobilized establishments in order to lower the tension a little on the ground. Some school heads have received communications going in this direction, ”blows the union which is considering a strong mobilization in other high schools in the department from Thursday.
The rectorate acknowledges that “a few establishments” have sent it requests to make adjustments and that these must be analyzed “on a case-by-case basis”, based on “health and educational” criteria.
"This analysis will make it possible to assess the local contexts and the quality of the projects presented", adds the rectorate, who reminds that no agreement "has been given" for the moment.
He also specifies that the protocol in force since the start of the school year has made it possible to limit contamination with 0.09% of students and 0.33% of staff affected between 12 and 16 October.
Covid-19: new contaminations record in France with 52,000 new cases .
© FREDERICK FLORIN An intensive care unit for patients infected with Covid-19 at Strasbourg University Hospital on October 22. The death toll from the disease rose to 116 for Sunday, bringing the total death toll since the start of the epidemic to 34,761. The days go by and records pile up. 52,010 new positive cases for Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours in France, according to figures from Public Health France published this Sunday. A national record.