The Department of Education announces changes from Monday 14 March

While wearing a mask indoors in schools will soon no longer be mandatory, the Ministry of Education has unveiled the new health protocol that will apply in schools from this Monday, March 14th.

If resuming normal life is not yet a reality, the continuous decline in Covid-19 infections is leading to a regular and ever-increasing decline in health restrictions. After lifting most of the measures imposed following the arrival of the Omicron wave in February, Jean Castex took the floor on March 3rd to present a new significant and much-anticipated relief. The Prime Minister has announced the suspension of the vaccination card and the end of the mask requirement indoors – except on public transport – from Monday, March 14th.

School health protocol has been relaxed again

An announcement accompanied by very good news for students and their parents. This was subsequently stated by the Ministry of National Education The mask is no longer needed indoors (Classes, courtyards, canteen, sports halls) for students and all employees from Monday, March 14th. A measure affecting elementary schools colleges and high schools. This Thursday, March 10, the ministry also announced a new reduction in the health protocol in schools, a protocol that had already become less restrictive a month ago. The health protocol thus goes from level 2 to level 1.

The students can shuffle again

Specifically, here are the rules that will apply from Monday, March 14th. Restrictions on indoor physical and sporting activities will be lifted. Students can now practice all sports and Mixing between students is therefore allowed again different classes and grade levels. Previously separated to minimize contact, they can mix with each other. Even if The instruction is to avoid overly large groupings. The Ministry also recommends:as a first step and as far as possible to limit excessive mixing between group classes and levels, particularly during recovery and recovery periods.. Measures for increased ventilation, hand washing and surface disinfection are maintained.

What to do if your child is a contact case?

The policy for contact cases is also changing slightly. In primary schools, all students in the class remain in contact, continue to face each other and have to test each other on D + 2 as before. A measure that also applies to the teacher if he is not wearing a mask. In colleges and high schools, after one confirmed case, vaccinated students will now also be contact cases (this was not the case when they wore the mask). However, they will continue their course in presence and test themselves at D + 2. The ministry also recommends them “urgently wearing the mask indoors for 7 days after the occurrence of the confirmed case”. Finally, unvaccinated middle and high school students must continue their distance learning for 7 days if they are in contact and have a PCR or antigen test at the end of their isolation.

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