The Drancy High School exceptional case in which the Covid-19 killed 20 parents of high school students requested closure

The main schools in Île-de-France have been hit by an unprecedented wave of Covid-19 contamination. At the Eugène Delacroix High School in Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis), around 60 students have been infected with the virus since March 1, and no fewer than 20 parents of students have been killed by the virus since the health crisis began. The teaching staff calls for the facility to be closed.

It is a real disaster that is currently affecting the Eugène Delacroix High School in Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis). While schools in the Île-de-France region are currently affected by a wave of Covid-19, this school is facing an unprecedented wave of contamination: 60 students have been infected with the virus since March 1. Worse still, 20 parents of high school students died within a year.

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So great is the trauma that many teachers at this secondary school have taken pen to write to the President of the Republic and the Ministry of National Education. All are calling for the school to be “closed urgently and temporarily”. “Like all teachers, we really want all students to come to high school, but when the subject matter is critical, questions need to be asked,” said Aline Cotteau, French teacher, in the Parisian columns. A fear shared by the parents of the students. “In the morning we have a lump in our stomach. We wonder if they won’t come back contaminated and contaminate other people. Unfortunately, the four of us in my family were infected with some tough tests. C ‘is permanent agony.” , entrusts Denis, the father of a schoolboy, at the microphone of Europa 1. “I’m not afraid of contamination, but I tell myself that my parents or brothers are at risk of health problems and I don’t want this to happen because of me.” “Announces Nina, an establishment student, even though she doesn’t like the idea of ​​going back to distance learning.

Near or nothing

22 classes at the facility will be closed starting Monday March 29, while a significant number of students have tested positive for Covid-19. The Ministry of Education has announced that it will launch a massive saliva test campaign on March 30th. At the national level, the government has set a target of 300,000 tests to be performed with students each week with parental consent. For many teachers, however, the measure remains inadequate: in the Lycée Eugène-Delacroix, many have decided to exercise their right of withdrawal since Tuesday 23 March. The teaching staff intends to renew it if the closure of the facility is not detected.

Drancy: “22 classes will be closed from Monday”, and from Tuesday there will be a “massive demonstration” in the high school, announced the rector of the Academy of Créteil pic.twitter.com/nUTWcdixR2

– BFMTV (@BFMTV) March 28, 2021

“We see today that the health protocol introduced by Jean-Michel Blanquer is very inadequate and does not prevent contamination,” regretted Clément, Professor of Mathematics, on Sunday, March 28th, in Europe. A health protocol that, according to the teacher, is definitely not adequately followed in his facility: “It is not applicable because there is a lack of human and material resources to enforce it. No supervisors have been hired to enforce barrier gestures.” We have one and a half nursing positions for 2,500 students. We obviously understand that this cannot work. “Clément and around thirty of his colleagues will exercise their right of withdrawal on Monday.

The case of the Eugène Delacroix High School in Drancy reopens the debate about the closure of schools at this time of the third wave of contamination. The epidemiologist Arnaud Fontanet therefore estimated in the columns of the Journal du Dimanche that “a student at home increases the risk of infection by 30%”. The Ministry of Education will focus on teacher vaccination, which will start in France from mid-April.