Covid-19: nearly 3,300 classes and 16 schools closed in France

According to figures from the Ministry of Education, nearly 3,300 classes are currently closed in France, a stable figure compared to the previous one.

Almost two weeks after the start of the school year, the figures seem to stabilize. 3,299 classes are currently closed in France because of the Covid-19 epidemic, out of a total of 527,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the National Education. This figure represents 0.63% of the country’s classes and remains stable compared to the previous one.

The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer had indeed announced on Monday that “a little more than 3000 classes” were closed, a figure in clear increase compared to the previous week, where 545 classes were concerned.

69% of 12-17-year-olds received a dose of vaccine

According to this new assessment, 16 school structures, including 15 schools and one college, or 0.027% of the total, were also closed. Over the last seven days, 9,748 cases of Covid-19 have been identified among students, and 439 among staff.

Since September 2, 1314 establishments have offered vaccination to students, out of a total of 10,700 middle and high schools. “By the end of the month [of September, Editor’s note], all the students will have had a proposal through their establishment, and we hope to exceed three quarters of vaccinated very quickly,” said the minister on September 7 in front of The national assembly.

According to figures from CovidTracker , updated on Wednesday, more than 69% of 12-17 year olds have received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 57% have a complete vaccination schedule.

A case of Covid-19 leads to closure of primary class, isolation in middle and high school

 As a reminder, on the occasion of this new school year, the Ministry of Education has adopted the “level 2” health protocol (out of 4), which authorizes all students to be welcomed in person and requires them to wear a mask. indoors, except in kindergarten.

A case of Covid-19 in an elementary school class leads to a closure, as in June. In the event of contamination in middle or high school, only students with unvaccinated contact cases must isolate themselves for one week. 

No school has had to close in the region because of the Covid-19 since the start of the Lille Academy. This is revealed by the epidemic situation update given this Friday by the national Ministry of Education, whose data is stopped on Thursday, at 1 p.m.

In the Nord and Pas-de-Calais, 226 classes closed for Covid

On the other hand, many classes have closed in the face of the epidemic, 226 to be precise. To compare, 1,280 classes and 11 establishments were closed in early April in the Nord and Pas-de-Calais, at the peak of the 3rd wave.

Nearly 3,300 classes closed in France

Nationally, 16 school structures and 3,299 classes are closed due to Covid-19. Among students, 9,748 children have been infected over the past seven days, and 439 national education staff.

Nearly 3,300 classes (3,299) were closed Thursday, September 16 because of the Covid-19 epidemic, a stable figure compared to the previous one and which represents 0.63% of the country’s classes, the ministry announced on Friday of National Education.

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said Monday that “just over 3,000 classes” were closed, a figure that was growing exponentially from the previous week.

The ministry also announced Monday, in this first weekly update since the start of the school year on September 2, that 16 school structures (15 schools and one college), or 0.027% of the total, were closed because of the Covid epidemic.

Finally, 1314 of the 10,700 middle and high schools offered “a vaccination course” to the students.

Vaccinate at least “three-quarters” of 12-17 year olds

For the start of the school year, the ministry has adopted the “ level 2 ” health protocol (out of 4) which authorizes all students to be received face-to-face and requires them to wear a mask indoors, except in kindergarten.

A case of Covid in an elementary school class leads to a closure, as in June. In the event of contamination in middle or high school, only students with unvaccinated contact cases must isolate themselves for one week.

While two-thirds of French people aged between 12 and 17 have received at least one dose of Covid vaccine (and 54% of them have finished their vaccination course, according to ministry data), Jean- Michel Blanquer assures us that these figures should improve quickly. “By the end of the month, all the students will have had a proposal through their establishment, and we hope to exceed three-quarters of vaccinated very quickly,” he agrees. 

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