“We are convinced that it is of prime importance to keep schools open,” Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer reaffirmed Thursday evening during his press conference devoted to the health crisis.
However, due to the British variant, which is more contagious, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer announced that the hybrid operation of high schools (face-to-face / distance) would be maintained beyond January 20. He also announced the suspension of indoor physical activities and a stricter protocol in canteens.
Soon “take out meals” at school
School catering remains the “weak link in the organization”, recognized Jean-Michel Blanquer, since the students rub shoulders there, without a mask, to eat. The aim will be to avoid mixing up the different classes as much as possible. When possible, it will be necessary to replace the canteen with “take-out” meals to eat in class or to lengthen meal times, which will require more staff.
The issue of closing the canteens was on the table but was not retained. In rural areas, for example, it is impossible to ask pupils who live far away and depend on school transport to return home at noon.
Finally, Jean-Michel Blanquer announced that there would be 300,000 screening tests per week in schools.
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