reduction of health protocol at school after the winter holidays

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Self-tests, masks, affidavits … The French Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, explained to the press on Friday how to reduce the health protocol in schools set up at the beginning of the school year. holidays. In particular, children will no longer be required to wear a mask.

Towards a relaxation of health protocol. The Ministry of National Education said on Friday, February 11, that certain provisions would be removed on the return of school holidays in each area, in particular the abolition of the use of masks in the yard. On the other hand, students will keep the mask on in class at this stage, the ministry said.

Starting February 28, the number of self-tests requested for contact case students will be reduced from three to one. The affidavits submitted by the families after the first self-test will be abolished from February 21, he said after a meeting with union representatives.

“The health situation of the general population and the school population is in a very marked improvement, even better than we expected,” said Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, after a meeting with union representatives.

A “clear improvement”

Consequences, “in primary school we will go from level 3 to level 2” by this protocol intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, said Jean-Michel Blanquer during a press conference in the courtyard of the .. Ministries. “The second grade, which had remained at level 2 […]it will continue to be so, “he added.

In practice, the “consequent” reductions mentioned by the councilor mainly refer, for primary school students, to the end of the obligation to wear a mask outdoors, as well as to the practice of physical activities and sports in the interior (except contact sports).

“If I look at the figures for January 25, which represent a high point for the school situation, we had 167,000 cases a day. Yesterday [jeudi], we were in 12,500 cases. Therefore, it is obviously a clear improvement, which allows us to consider the reductions that we have been talking about for days “, he added.

Among the measures announced, the number of tests requested for contact case students will be reduced from three to one from 28 February. They will only have to do a self-test or antigen test after two days (D2) instead of the current three (D0, D2 and D4). From February 21, the declarations of honor submitted by families after the first self-test will also be removed.

Isolation rules remain unchanged for contact cases, and the use of a mask remains mandatory on public transportation and places not subject to the “vaccination pass,” the ministry’s press release states.

The government explains that it was decided for this relief following an opinion of the Superior Council of Public Health (HCSP), counting that by the end of the month, France will have registered “four weeks of continuous decline in the incidence” of pollution. by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Sanitary walk

Outside the school, the mask will no longer be mandatory in closed places subject to the vaccination card from February 28, with the exception of transportation, the Ministry of Health said on Friday, stressing “the improvement of the health situation “.

“The vaccination card allows us in a context where the epidemic pressure is greatly reduced, and as we have done before this wave, eliminate the obligation to wear a mask in establishments open to the public,” he told AFP. Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

The use of a mask, which was no longer compulsory in the open air since 2 February, will no longer be used “in other closed places subject to the vaccination card”, ie in establishments dedicated to leisure activities, catering, beverage establishments, etc. fairs … On the other hand, “it will be kept in transport and closed places not subject to the vaccination card”, the ministry details in a press release.

With AFP

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