French teachers to strike over 'chaotic' Covid-19 strategy for schools

13/1/2022 3:46:00 AM

French teachers to strike over 'chaotic' Covid-19 strategy for schools

over what they say is the government's failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, or properly protect students and staff against infection.Teachers, parents and school administrators have struggled to keep up with new testing rules, announced before the end of Christmas holidays but changed twice since following criticism.

The government,of quickly shutting down classes with positive coronavirus cases, says some degree of complication is the price to pay for keeping schools open.Buta new-year surge in infectionsto record daily levels close to 370,000 in France has led to cases soaring within schools too.

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walk off the job en masse on Thursday (Jan 13) over what they say is the government's failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, or properly protect students and staff against infection.Copy to clipboard https://str.LinkedIn CHICAGO: President Joe Biden and top health officials on Tuesday (Jan 11) defended the administration's response to the unrelenting pandemic as daily US COVID-19 cases reached a new high, largely fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.convicted of lying to Ministry of Health (MOH) officials and obstructing contact tracing for Covid-19 will serve their jail sentence after deciding to discontinue their appeals on Tuesday (Jan 11).

Teachers, parents and school administrators have struggled to keep up with new testing rules, announced before the end of Christmas holidays but changed twice since following criticism. The government, of quickly shutting down classes with positive coronavirus cases, says some degree of complication is the price to pay for keeping schools open. The strike led by the Snuipp-FSU union, the largest among primary school teachers, comes after the latest of several changes on testing and isolation requirements for potential Covid-19 cases announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex late on Monday. But a new-year surge in infections to record daily levels close to 370,000 in France has led to cases soaring within schools too.35 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, the highest daily total for any country in the world. That has meant many schools have been hard-pressed to keep teaching anyway, partly because of infections among students and staff but also because each positive case has resulted in dozens being sent to labs and pharmacies for testing. But teachers say class disruptions have become unmanageable with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron coronavirus variant, especially since many parents remain unable to get vaccination appointments for children over five, available only since late December. "The exhaustion and exasperation of the entire educational community have reached an unprecedented level," 11 unions said in a joint statement. They were the first people to be charged under the Infectious Diseases Act in relation to Covid-19.

"The responsibility of the minister and the government in this chaotic situation is total because of incessant changes of footing, unworkable protocols and the lack of appropriate tools to guarantee (schools) can function properly. It is also demanding the government provide facemasks for staff, including the more protective FFP2 masks, and CO2 monitors to check if classrooms are sufficiently ventilated. 8, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday." Unions said they expected many schools to be closed on Thursday and very large numbers of teachers - including about 75 per cent in primary schools - to join the one-day strike. Urging teachers not to walk off the job, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV:"One does not strike against a virus." Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has said the government is doing everything possible to avoid outright school closures that could cause havoc for parents and jeopardise learning for thousands, especially those in low-income families." In response, unions said they had called the strike not against a virus but over disorganisation caused by the Covid-19 testing and contact tracing rules, heightened contagion risk and a shortage of face masks for staff. As a result, the IHME model suggests that the US surge fueled largely by Omicron may have already hit a daily peak of more than 6 million cases, and could drop significantly from that point by the end of this month. More On This Topic .. Between Jan 22 and 28, Hu had travelled to Long Beach @ Stevens restaurant in Stevens Road and Ngee Ann City shopping centre in Orchard Road, among other places.