The return to school will finally be kept at the usual schedule, announced the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer on Friday evening in an email to staff. The resumption of classes after the All Saints holidays, Monday, November 2, had been postponed to 10 a.m. to leave time for the teaching teams to prepare a tribute to Samuel Paty, a murdered teacher.
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A minute of silence will be observed at 11 a.m., after reading Jean Jaurès’ letter to teachers, “Preferably in classrooms, and if sanitary conditions allow it, in the schoolyard”. “This time can be preceded by a teaching time in class”, adapted to the age of the pupils, around the values of the Republic and its school. Educational resources are available for teachers who wish.
The minute of silence “must be respected”
This time can stand “Throughout the month of November in order to give teachers who so wish the necessary time to prepare this sequence”, specifies the mail. Monday’s minute of silence “Must be respected”, warns Jean-Michel Blanquer, who invites the Rectorates to report any possible problem in this area.
According to several unions, “The double security and health threat” explains the change of program, after the attack on the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice which caused the death of 3 people. As France enters new confinement “There was also the problem of school transport, in some towns, which could not have adapted their schedules for a start at 10 am”.