Two weeks of Christmas holidays, the excitement of the children, building Lego, hide and seek with cousins… Some parents were eager to drop their little ones off in front of the school gate. Except that Sunday evening, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education, decided to modify the health protocol of schools. Since Monday, primary school students will have to be tested three times if they are in contact. Parents must then certify in writing on their honor that the tests have been carried out and that they are negative. But Mathieu, one of our readers, had another surprise on Monday morning: “My son’s mistress will be away all week, we have been warned of her non-replacement in the morning at 7.45 am… For a return to school at 8.30 am. »2022 is off to a good start.
“No more self-test in pharmacies”
Maëlle tells us about the difficulties that parents encounter: “Today, a student tested positive in my daughter’s class in CM1. All parents have been called to pick up their child and take him for testing. Problem, the next appointment for a pharmacy test is only Thursday at 3 p.m. (…) I am teleworking but this is not the case for all parents, and even teleworking, it’s still complicated to manage this whole new process ”. And to complicate matters, there is “no longer a self-test in pharmacies. For my daughter’s class it would take 50 ”. Welcome to the back-to-winter puzzle. “Puzzle”, the word comes up over and over again in the statements of parents who responded to our call for testimonies.
“The new protocol is heavy and complicated for parents and children. It implies that they get tested a multitude of times. Except that pharmacies are overcrowded, no longer deliver self-tests and queues are getting longer … Not to mention the honor certificates which are very archaic. »Elise despairs. Same story with Gaëlle: “The puzzle in history: finding a place to have my daughter tested. Pharmacies do not do it any more or very little, the labs are saturated. So it’s almost 50 km round trip for the test, all during my working time. “
“My children can’t take it anymore! “
Two years after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, children and parents are inquiring into the constraints and impromptu changes in protocols. “School is a place where the virus spreads, it’s inevitable: the canteen, crowded corridors, sports or music lessons and recess where secrets are whispered less than 3 cm away. “Underlines Yasmine who is already imagining the scene to come” My children know, they don’t let it go, and especially not 3 times in four days. Painfully I will succeed in tickling their nostrils for half a second. What a masquerade! “Christelle is on the verge of a nervous breakdown:” These new measures are too many. Already the masks all day, my children can not take it anymore! If unfortunately a positive case arrives in their class, I will do the first test… But they will not go back to school, I do not want to impose on them the other two tests to be done to return to their class. “
As of December 17, the date of the latest figures published on contamination at school, more than 50,000 students had contracted the virus in one week, or 0.4% of the total number of children, it is not much, but the Omicron variant changes the given. More contagious, it is quickly transmitted to children. For the first time, more of them are admitted to hospital.