A possible reduction in health measures in France is on the program of a new health defense council which is being held this Wednesday morning at the Elysee Palace. The issue of wearing a mask at school should also be addressed.

[Update September 22 at 10:17 am]. Will students have to continue to wear the mask at school? Currently, the level 2 health protocol provides for the obligation to wear a mask for primary, middle and high school students indoors. If the measures were to lighten up, schools could then switch to a level 1 health protocol which would no longer involve wearing a mask for primary school pupils. A new defense council is being held this Wednesday morning at the Elysee. The government should look into a possible reduction in health measures in France with the possibility of lifting the health pass according to the departments. The issue of wearing a mask at school should also be debated. But according to the unions, this relief remains premature. “Given the variant that is circulating, there is a risk that young people will be the new reservoir of the epidemic (…) There are very few regions in France where the incidence rate among those under ten years is less than 50 per 100,000 therefore, in our opinion, it is too early to lift the wearing of the mask “, declared Catherine Nave-Bekhti, the secretary of the teachers’ union Sgen-CFDT on LCI this September 22.

According to the level 2 health protocol, which applies to schools in mainland France, wearing a mask is compulsory for elementary school students, middle school and high school students in confined spaces. Schoolchildren must therefore be masked in class. Remember that wearing a mask is prohibited in kindergarten, regardless of the level of health protocol at school.

At level 2, the mask is therefore compulsory indoors, but not outdoors, at recess or in PE lessons for example. It may nevertheless be required outside “when a prefectural decision requires the wearing of a mask in public space” specifies the Ministry of National Education.

Vaccinated middle and high school students will not have to isolate themselves, even if a student is tested positive in their class, except for 6th grade students. Distance courses, canteens, wearing a mask … All levels in detail.

Only surgical masks or consumer masks with a filtration capacity greater than 90% (category 1) may be worn. Consequently, category 2 fabric masks for the general public, homemade or handcrafted fabric masks that do not meet AFNOR SPEC S76 001 standards as well as transparent plastic visors and masks worn alone are not considered as measures. sufficiently effective protection, warns the Ministry of Education. Recall that a decree concerning industrial fabric masks was published in the Official Journal on January 27 following health recommendations.

Students must always wear a mask at the start of the September school year, depending on the class and level. Which one should I choose for my child? Our selection of disposable or fabric masks suitable for children.

Wearing a category 1 mask (UNS1), more filtering and more effective against Covid-19 and its variants, is recommended. In washable (fabric) or disposable (surgical) version, it is also compulsory at school. Where to buy it? In pharmacy? At what price ? What is the type 2R mask?

Since the start of the school year on November 2, primary school students, from 6 years old, must wear a mask at school, following the strengthening of the health protocol.

Generally, since students are 6 years old in CP class, the government has specified that the mask becomes compulsory from this age, instead of 11 years previously. However, a 6-year-old child who would go to school in kindergarten is not required to wear a mask, since he would be the only one in his class to wear it. Likewise, a 5-year-old child in first grade will have to wear a mask, like his classmates.

Are the little ones also required to wear the mask outside of school? The answer is no: “they still do not have the obligation to wear it in the street, in transport and in stores”, specifies the government. They are also exempt from it on the way to school, in parks and gardens, on beaches, in public transport and in enclosed public places.

The mask is compulsory at school from the first grade, but can a child with allergies obtain an exemption? The answer is no, indicates the Ministry of National Education on its site. According to the health authorities, “there are no documented dermatological, pneumological, ENT and phoniatric or psychiatric contraindications to wearing a mask of any type (mask for medical use, mask for the general public in reusable fabric). ) “

On the other hand, students with disabilities are covered by the general exemption from wearing a mask, set in article 2 of the decree of October 29, 2020, specifies the government. “In the certificate that he establishes, the doctor decides, in compliance with medical confidentiality and without having to indicate its nature, on the existence of a situation of handicap justifying that the obligation to be waived. wearing a mask, in accordance with the provisions of the decree of October 29, 2020 “.

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Children who arrive at school without a mask may be refused, with some exceptions. A pupil may not wear one “if he medically justifies that he is in a situation which allows a derogation”, in particular if he is in a situation of handicap. Apart from this exceptional situation, “in the event that a pupil does not wear a mask on arrival at the school, it is however advisable to offer him one. It is only in the event of an explicit refusal to wear the mask. proposed, whether this refusal is formulated by the pupil himself or by his legal representatives, that access to the establishment must be prohibited to the pupil “, and his legal representatives must be called to come and pick him up, specifies the National Education. While waiting for them, the child will be able to return to the establishment but being isolated from the other pupils.

Summary

School mask: for whom?
Where to wear the mask at school?
Mask in school protocol
Which mask to choose?
Mask obligatory 6 years old
From 6 years old or CP?
Mask outside of school
Allergic pupil mask …

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