New measures, unique in their form, differentiated by age … In an attempt to stem the Covid-19 epidemic, Emmanuel Macron announced the closure of schools, which everyone expected. But the head of state has opted for a rather surprising device. With measures that apply throughout the territory, and for all areas.
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Thus, all the students will spend, from Tuesday April 6, the day after the holiday Easter Monday, in distance learning, for one week. Then will follow for all two weeks of vacation, while these spring holidays should normally be staggered, according to the three zones, between April 10 and May 10.
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The resumption of classes will then take place on different dates for the first and second degree. Primary school children will therefore resume in principle from April 26, while middle school and high school students will have to wait one more week before returning to class, if necessary with adapted gauges as was the case until now.
“A stop to worry”
In the eyes of Stéphane Crochet, general secretary of the teaching union SE-UNSA, such measures were necessary. “They make it possible to put a stop to the anxiety which was mounting in the educational community and to stop the disorganization of establishments, which had been accelerating for two weeks, in particular since the application, from Monday March 29,” of the rule consisting in closing the class from the first positive case. “
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However, he observes, the solution adopted, with the alignment of vacation dates in the different zones, will cause many organizational problems, both in communities and in families. “The other question concerns the duration of the shutdown, especially in primary. Will three weeks be enough, in the departments most affected by the epidemic, to really relieve the pressure? “
“This duration, in any case, makes it possible to limit the effects of the closure on learning”, continues Stéphane Crochet, who adds: “It is likely, in the first degree, that teachers give homework to do at home independently, rather than switch for a short week in video lessons. “
“An adapted strategy”, judges the patron of Catholic education
Secretary General of Catholic Education, Philippe Delorme, for his part, “On creativity, commitment, the experience of teachers to deploy the enseignment “ remotely. Even though “It’s easier in college or high school than with toddlers”. And to insist: “We must continue to be attentive to the most vulnerable students, especially in high school, where many had already followed the lessons in a hybrid mode and where the prospect of the grand oral and the philo test at the bac arouses apprehension. “
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For Philippe Delorme, the closure had become inevitable. “We knew very well that we could not hold out any longer and that the situation was deteriorating almost everywhere in France. I welcome the fact that we were able to delay these measures as long as possible. It was important that our children, that our young people, could go to school for as long as possible. Grouping holiday areas together seems to me to be an efficiency measure that does not penalize much from the point of view of learning. The path chosen is based on an adapted strategy. “