six questions you ask yourself about the closing of schools, colleges and high schools

six questions you ask yourself about the closing of schools, colleges and high schools
six questions you ask yourself about the closing of schools, colleges and high schools
It’s done. While several voices have been rising for several days to demand the closure of schools in France, Emmanuel Macron announced that schools, colleges and high schools would be closed for four weeks in the country to fight against the third wave of Covid-19.

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In detail, the students are not all housed in the same boat, even if the spring holidays of the three zones are unified for three weeks. Who will return to school on April 26? What help for parents? What about the students? Franceinfo answers the six questions that parents and students ask themselves.

Which establishments will be closed?

Nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will be closed for three weeks, except “for children of caregivers and some other professions, as well as children with disabilities”, said the head of state. During the week of April 5 to 12, lessons will be done remotely from home for schoolchildren, middle school and high school students.

The solution chosen for teaching is “the most suitable for curbing the virus, while preserving the education and therefore the future of our children”, argued Emmanuel Macron.

When will the holidays take place?

The spring school holidays will be unified for the three traditional cutting zones. Thus, the holidays will take place throughout the territory from April 12 to 26, instead of being spread from April 12 to May 10. The start of the school year is therefore set for everyone on Monday April 26. It will be done physically for nursery and primary. And remotely for colleges and high schools. “On May 3, middle and high school students will be able to physically return to their establishments”, said Emmanuel Macron, “with suitable gauges”.

What am I entitled to to look after my children?

“As for a year, economic and social support will be there”, a promis Emmanuel Macron. “Parents who will have to look after their children and cannot telework will be entitled to partial unemployment”, assured the Head of State. For employees in the private sector, partial unemployment can therefore be set up if teleworking is impossible, if the child is under 16 or has a disability, says Medicare.

The device concerns only one in two parents, even if it “it is possible to split the stop or to share it between the parents over the duration of the closure of the establishment or the period of isolation”, specifies Medicare. The part-time employee will receive 84% of his net salary and the employer will have to cover an additional 15%. If the parent in partial unemployment is paid at the minimum wage, he will have no loss of income in partial activity. “When you are paid the minimum wage, when you are in partial activity, you receive 100% of your salary”, assured the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, on


For the liberal professions and the self-employed, the regime is different. “It is the solidarity fund that can support”, said Elisabeth Borne. These professions must also be able to prove that teleworking is not possible. “To benefit from a work stoppage, the self-employed person must provide proof of the closure of the establishment / class / section as the case may be. The declaration must be made on the site or declare. “, details Medicare. Self-employed workers, non-salaried agricultural workers, artist authors, trainees in vocational training, liberal professions, liberal health professions, as well as salaried managers, contractors under public law of the administration and part-time civil servants working less than 28 hours.

Civil servants can be placed “on special leave of absence (ASA)”. Finally, within the framework of trainees in vocational training, the procedures must be carried out with the training organization. The conditions for granting the work stoppage are the same as for employees.

What fate for the students?

Nothing changes for them. They will be able, for those who wish, to continue during this period to go to the university for one day per week, indicated the head of state. Isolation, precariousness, difficulties to work … The testimonies of students in difficulty have multiplied in recent months, since the start of the second confinement, especially on social networks with the hashtag #phantomstudents.

Are institutions better prepared for distance learning?

“We will undoubtedly do better in distance education than what we were able to do last spring”, hopes on franceinfo Florence Delannoy, deputy general secretary of SNPDEN and principal of the international high school Montebello, in Lille. “We are undoubtedly better prepared technically since we were able, from the start of the school year, to identify students who did not have a computer, for example, to identify students who had Internet connection difficulties. little better “, she adds.

She still wonders about the organization of end-of-year exams. “There are inequalities, now we will have to work between professionals” to find “how we take into account the different inequalities and what means we will be able to implement to try to compensate for them.” There are still a few baccalaureate exams that were not canceled in June and the college patent exams.

Jean-Rémi Girard, president of Snalc (high schools and colleges), regrets him with AFP “that the government does[ait] not made enough investment for a year to prepare for this return “. “There are still many students who are not equipped with computers”, he gave as an example.

How is this decision received by teachers and parents?

“We are finally touching the school, with closure measures, which until now had been completely ruled out. It is therefore a cruel observation of failure, because nothing has been put in place upstream in the establishments for the ‘to avoid”, reacted to AFP Sophie Vénétitay, deputy general secretary of Snes-FSU, the first secondary school union. For his part, Guislaine David, general secretary of Snuipp-FSU (first primary union), hopes that “the protocol which will govern the return to school at the end of April will be stricter than the current one on the measures of ventilation or even mixing of the pupils”.

More than a year after the start of the first confinement, many parents of students who have “very badly lived” home school, for their part, have the impression of getting ready to “relive the same hell”, was worried, before Emmanuel Macron’s speech, Albane, forty-something Parisian mother of two children attending kindergarten. “If this is what is decided this [mercredi] evening, it will be hard, because this time we know what awaits us. When schools are closed, teleworking with children constantly in the limelight is not the solution “, she anticipated.

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