Covid: health protocol at school, Jean Castex’s announcements to the France 2 newscast

During an interview at 20H de France 2, this Monday, January 10, Prime Minister Jean Castex made new announcements about the health protocol put in place in schools to deal with the Omicron variant. End of the mandatory PCR test for children, exit of students during break hours if contact … We take stock!

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Simplification of measures against Covid at the most eagerly awaited school … During an interview at the 20H of France 2, this Monday January 10, 2022, the Prime Minister Jean Castex has made new announcements regarding the sanitary protocol that the Minister of National Education has just put in place, Jean-Michel Blanquer.

A protocol that explained the measures to be taken in schools to fight against variant Omicron :

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But faced with the outcry a week after its establishment, the teachers’ strike scheduled for Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 January and after the explosion of cases of Covid in children since the start of the school year, resulting in the closure of several thousand classes, the Prime Minister has made some changes to this protocol by simplifying it.

First measure announced : children will have to wait a break to return home if they are in contact: “When a positive case is tested, we will not close the class and call the parents to come and pick up their child, (…) we will wait until the end of the school day“, thus indicated Jean Castex.

Second measure announced, the possibility for children to do three self-tests, and no longer a PCR test, then two self-tests on D + 2 and D + 4: “today, a contact child must do three tests: an antigen test in a pharmacy and two self-tests“, he explains, while specifying to have”asked the scientific and health authorities to be able to use three self-tests“.

And last measure : only one certificate will be required from children “once for all“, to come back to class. To meet the demand, Jean Castex also indicated that self-tests had been ordered: “this week, 11 million self-tests will be delivered to pharmacies“, he added.

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And to conclude by explaining that schools should remain open: “We are going to make a number of simplifications. Our goal is to keep schools as open as possibleAs a reminder, this Monday, January 10, more than 10,000 classes are currently closed due to contamination.

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