The 10 départements in France where school classes will remain open even with a Covid case

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The 10 départements in France where school classes will remain open even with a Covid case
Schools in Zurich are back in distance education. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP)

The French education minister has announced a trial scheme for some primary schools where they will no longer have to close a class if a pupil or teacher tests positive.


At present collèges and lycées do not have to close a class in the case of a positive test - but primary schools, where pupils are too young to be vaccinated, face the closure of a class if a single pupil or teacher tests positive.

But with the number of class closures steadily falling four weeks in to the new school year, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has proposed an experiment with keeping classes open.


In the trial schools if a pupil or teacher tests positive the entire class will be tested, and only those who test positive (or refuse to be tested) will have to remain at home. Regular testing of the class would continue.

Over the weekend, Le Parisien published the list of 10 départements which will be taking part in the experiment, which the education ministry has since confirmed to AFP. These are: Aisne, Ariège, Côte-d’Or, Landes, Manche, Morbihan, Moselle, Rhône, Val-d’Oise, and Var.

No date has yet been set for the beginning of the trial.

The rules for collège and lycée will remain the same - namely that if one person tests positive only the unvaccinated pupils must remain at home, vaccinated pupils can continue going to class.

The number of primary school classes having to be closed has been steadily falling in the month since schools restarted. 1,692 classes were closed on September 30th 

From October 4th, primary school pupils in areas with a low number of Covid cases will no longer have to wear masks. In the beginning, that 

On Thursday, September 30th, the health pass became compulsory for all over 12s for activities such as going to the cinema, leisure centres or cafés, although it is not necessary for going to school.

The health ministry has said that almost two thirds of 12-17-year-olds are now fully vaccinated.


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