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Distance studying, the poor relative of the college well being disaster

Schoolchildren wearing masks work in a class at the Jean-Renoir College in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) on January 7, 2022.

Has “educational continuity”, as distance learning was called by the state education system in times of Covid-19, become a principle without concrete implementation on site? Some in the education community are decrying: With absenteeism piling up linked to the spread of SARS-CoV-2, numbers in classes have changed, sometimes over half a day, since the start of the school year in January – since everyone has had to change this far be tested in a pharmacy as soon as a positive case of Covid-19 is reported in their area.

However, on Monday January 10, the Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the waiver of the PCR or antigen test on the day the contact case was revealed: instead, the students will carry out three self-tests, he explained to the “20 hours” of France 2 Monday evening A decision intended to reduce the wait time for students and teachers before they can return to class.

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Will this announcement simplify the organization of distance learning? With an explosion in the number of positive cases – more than 300,000 a day – student flows and teacher absences will continue to vary from day to day. It still seems difficult to honor this commitment made by the Minister of National Education in March 2020 in the early hours of confinement. However, in the event of isolation due to Covid-19, it is still officially planned.

“It’s been like this for two years”angers Manuella Delbecq, who was elected by the Parents’ Council (FCPE) of a REP+-rated Montpellier college and whose son missed several months of French classes – the Covid-19 has put too much pressure on the replacement pool. “If the parents don’t bother the college, nothing happens, she complains It’s like starting a new health crisis with each wave without having learned anything from the previous one. »

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Barbara’s son who goes on 5e in the same facility, sent an email “to all his teachers” before the holidays, when he was in contact with a comrade and was “isolated” for a week. “Only two replied to him including one putting things on the digital workspace (ENT) and another telling him to meet up with a friend to catch up on the lessonsshe reports. That is pedagogical continuity for us. »

“They don’t know where to turn”

At the start of the school year in January 2022, Barbara’s son passed several exams, including one that didn’t go well. “We may have organized revisions at home, he missed things”she regrets, without blaming the teachers. “Some are more committed than others, as was the case during lockdown”Barbara observes before qualifying: “College is so overwhelmed they don’t know where to start. »

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