US News Yvelines: tensions in high schools around sanitary conditions

21:20  03 november  2020
21:20  03 november  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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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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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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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.

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