Many education players have been insisting on them from the ministry since the start of the school year. The figures published Friday, September 17 by the teams of Jean-Michel Blanquer seem to prove wrong to those who, a few weeks ago, warned against an epidemic outbreak in schools, and especially in primary schools, including students are too young to benefit from the vaccination.
The statistics, stopped on September 16, show 3,299 closed classes, or 0.63% of the total. Only sixteen establishments – fifteen schools and one college – have been closed at this stage.
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As for the confirmed cases of Covid, they concern, in cumulative data over a week, a little less than 10,000 students (0.08% of the workforce) and little more than 400 members of the staff (0.03% of the agents). The most affected academies are those of Lille, Versailles, Créteil, Lyon and Aix-Marseille.
No massive testing
The situation therefore seems under control, but with a level of circulation of the virus that is not trivial. “We find statistics similar to those of March 2021, during the third wave, observes Guislaine David, general secretary of SNUipp. Except that at the time, middle and high school classes were likely to close. What no longer provides, except mega-cluster, the new protocol: if a case appears, only the student concerned and his unvaccinated comrades are asked to stay at home. The approximately 3,300 classes that are closed today are almost exclusively in the first degree ”.
In his eyes, the photograph provided by the ministry is also unreliable because, contrary to the recommendations of the scientific council, “We do not massively test students, who are often asymptomatic when they are young”. Jean-Michel Blanquer has certainly promised 600,000 saliva tests per week in primary school. But in fact, they only resume ” gradually “, recognizes the ministry, which refuses to specify the number.
“The statistics on the number of students affected by the Covid are undoubtedly reduced”, also believes Stéphane Crochet, general secretary of another teaching union, the SE-UNSA. “But it is true that contrary to what we experienced in February and March 2021, the field reports do not show the outbreak of the epidemic in our primary schools. When a child has a cold, coworkers are vigilant. They usually ask parents to collect it and have it tested. In the vast majority of cases, the result is negative. “
In secondary education, which mainly consists of young people over 12 years of age, the vaccination offer is also gradually being deployed: out of 10,700 middle and high schools, 1,314 have so far offered their students to be vaccinated.