Friday, January 28

Covid-19. School: if a student is positive, all children in the class will have to take three tests

Faced with the Omicron variant, which causes a record of daily cases, the government is changing the health protocol at school, where 12.5 million students return to school on Monday.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of National Education, unveiled it this Sunday in an interview with the Parisian. The philosophy behind these changes in primary school is as follows: “We are strengthening our ‘contact-tracing’ policy. “

Free self-tests

For now, when a positive case occurs in a class, the other students must do a PCR or antigen test. “What changes is that now, when the family takes the first test, they will receive two free self-tests in the pharmacy, so that the students can test themselves again at home on D + 2 and D + 4”, explains The Minister.

Parents will then complete a certificate to ensure that they have passed the tests.

“These tests several days apart make it possible to ensure that a student who was negative on the first day has not become positive later,” said Jean-Michel Blanquer.

Once again, the latter declares himself opposed to the postponement of the start of the school year, as well as to the systematic closure of classes in the event of a positive case: “[Notre] Politics [est] personalized so that every student found to be not contaminated can return to school. “

Tests also for teachers

Regarding the teachers, he explained that “vaccinated adults will apply the same iterative testing protocol that we will apply to children. There will therefore be no isolation of people whose tests are negative. “

Finally, Jean-Michel Blanquer defends the non-distribution of FFP2 masks to teaching staff: “It is very difficult to teach with an FFP2 mask, which is moreover reserved for the nursing world. “

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