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The Covid-19 pandemic in Francedossier

Faced with the increase in Covid-19 contaminations everywhere in France, 6,000 primary school classes remain closed on Wednesday. What worries the federation of parents of students, fearing a massive dropout of children.

Contamination is on the rise in France. And class closures, mainly in primary school, are increasing. This Wednesday morning, more than 6,000 classes, out of a total of 527,200, have switched to distance learning. That’s 2,000 more than last Friday. A concern for Nageate Balahcen, the co-president of the FCPE, the main federation of parents of pupils, who fears that “Pedagogical continuity” is not insured and that the “Educational inequalities do not widen”. For the time being, the health protocol establishes, in primary school, that a class closes as soon as a case of Covid-19 is detected, while in middle and high school, only students with non-vaccinated contact cases must be isolate time for a week.

How do you see the increase in contamination, leading to the closure of 6,000 classes today?

I’m worried. Less from a health point of view than educational. Scientists keep saying that severe cases are rare in children. The real question is that of pedagogical continuity. We are afraid that children who do not go to class will be harmed, despite the goodwill …

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