High school students briefly blocked or tried to block Tuesday, November 3, a dozen Parisian high schools to protest against the health protocol put in place in their establishments to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The police had to intervene in front of certain establishments, indicates the rectorate of Paris which specifies that the situation stabilized around 9:30 am.
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Images circulated on social networks, including Twitter, showing tensions in front of the Colbert high school, in particular. Among the other high schools concerned are Turgot, Sophie-Germain, Charlemagne or even Hélène-Boucher, establishments accustomed to high school protest.
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The pupils protest against the sanitary protocol, in their eyes insufficient. Set up at the start of the school year, it has not been changed or very little, despite the resurgence of Covid-19 cases.
An “inapplicable” protocol, according to the FCPE
It proves “Inapplicable due to the too large number of pupils per class in most establishments”, wrote the federation of parents of students FCPE Paris 75 in a press release, which is worried about calls for a blockade and the risks of overflow.
📢 @FCPE_Paris ask @Academie_Paris, @prefpolice and @Paris to allow high school students to meet in accordance with sanitary rules inside their high schools so that freedom of expression and democracy can live. https://t.co/YkmzcSak5K pic.twitter.com/ysvqX45qRj
– FCPE Paris (@FCPE_Paris) November 3, 2020
The Parisian federation also denounces the reception conditions for high school students this return to school: “They are always crowded into their class and find it difficult to understand why such promiscuity when they are otherwise deprived of their social life. “
Teachers’ unions like the Snes-FSU, the first secondary school union, have for their part submitted strike notices. “It is unacceptable that we went back to school in the same sanitary conditions as in September, when the virus was circulating much less then”, denounces Sophie Vénétitay, deputy general secretary of Snes-FSU.
Elsewhere in France, a few other blockade attempts have taken place, such as at the Lycée Pasteur in Besançon, where more than a hundred high school students were mobilized. Blockages or rallies were also held in front of several high schools in Corsica, led by high school students claiming ” to fear “ the health context and the terrorist threat. They asked the government to ” put in safety “ in “Closing high schools and installing educational continuity”.