With the resumption of Kovid, school children put back masks in 39 departments

Students from CP to CM2 wore masks from Monday in the 39 departments where they removed it, a government decision that justifies the escalation in the Covid-19 pandemic, but may lead to disappointment.

The return of the mask along with the return of the All Saints holiday “targets departments where the incidence rate has unfortunately stagnated above 50 per 100,000 residents”, announced by government spokesman Gabriel Atal.

Related alphabetically in Ain, Hautes-Alpes, Ardennes, Aveyron, Cher, Corez, Haute-Cours, Ctes-d’Armor, Creuse, Drum, Eure-et-Loir, Gers, Ile-et-Villain, Indre-et . -Loire, Isre, Loire-et-Cher, Haute-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, Main-et-Loire, Morbihan, Moselle, North, Oise, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Pyrenees -Oriental, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Sarthe, Savoie, Seine-et-Marne, Deux-Svres, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var, Vendée and Vienne.

In these departments, the measure was received anew.

“The kids took it off for just two weeks and it did them so well, it knocked them down. Suddenly, we definitely catch a little bit”, testifies Marie Gillardot, one of three classes in Wien. She teaches in a small school.

“It is all protocols that have been extended, this also means putting back the perimeter to separate the classes in the playground, again practicing a strict non-mixing between students”, SE-Unsa Union “When friends are in second grade, it’s not funny,” continues this teacher.

If mask-wearing is restored on Monday, other measures implied by the passage of Level 2 (mixture limits, conditions for holding sporting lessons…) will not apply until the following Monday, a specified Gov.

– “Pedagogy” –

But unions, directors and teachers do not expect understanding from some families.

“Students will be a little disappointed. I’ve already asked colleagues starting Monday why we put the masks back on”, explains Laurent Tintet, director of an elementary school with 14 classrooms in the suburb of Pau. -Atlantics).

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“But it is more at the level of parents that we run the risk of settling small disputes, it can be complicated with some. We have to demonstrate communication and pedagogy”, the director continues. Careful, he waited for confirmation of the fallout of the pandemic at the start of the school year before changing the rules for playground and school entrances.

For Guislaine David, general secretary of Snoop-FSU, the first elementary school union, “these back-and-forth movements risk creating instability and insecurity in schools”.

The government announced in September the end of mask-wearing for primary school students in departments least affected by the pandemic, where the incidence rate was less than 50 cases per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days.

In early October, 47 departments were able to remove the masks, with others in the weeks that followed. In total, wearing masks at school was removed before All Saints Day in 79 departments.

With the recent development, it will now have to be worn on Monday in 57 metropolitan departments and four overseas territories (Reunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana).

Emmanuel Macron is expected to address the French at 8:00 pm on Tuesday to take stock of the pandemic, which has been confirmed to begin with a drop in temperatures, a vaccination that has reached a ceiling and the relaxation seen in barrier gestures .

“In France, we are seeing a slight recovery at this stage, but there is certainty,” Gabriel Attal said on Friday.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) was concerned about the “very alarming” rate of transmission of COVID-19 in Europe.

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