Coronavirus (Covid-19) Epidemic – Health Protocol applicable in schools, colleges and high schools effective March 14, 2022

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As of March 14, 2022, health protocol moves to Level 1 (Green Level) in all elementary schools, colleges and high schools nationwide: no mixing of students across levels, return of indoor contact sports. Given the favorable development of the health situation, the obligation to wear a mask indoors is also being lifted for all students and staff. Service-Public.fr analyzes the current sanitary standards.

The health protocol for the 2021-2022 academic year has four levels. Depending on the epidemic situation, the transition from one level to another can be initiated at the national or local level (faculty, academy, region) by the Ministry of Public Education.

A scale is created from four levels of measurement:

  • level 1 / green level;
  • level 2 / yellow level;
  • level 3 / orange level;
  • level 4 / red level.

From March 14, 2022, all schools are moving to level 1 of the sanitary protocol:

  • abolishing the obligation to wear a mask indoors for primary school students;
  • repeal of the obligation to limit the mixing of groups of students;
  • removal of restrictions on physical and sports activities.

However, measures regarding hand washing, ventilation and surface disinfection remain in place.

As of March 14, 2022, the requirement to wear a mask indoors for all staff, as well as for middle and high school students, will also be lifted in accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities and the sanitary measures planned for the general population.

What does level 1 of the health protocol provide?

  • Full-time courses at school, college and high school.
  • Maintain enhanced ventilation and handwashing activities.
  • Mask wearing is mandatory indoors for employees, middle and high school students indoors (general outdoor law)*.
  • Limiting mixing between student groups (classes, class groups, levels) is optional. However, large groups are limited.
  • Disinfection of the most affected surfaces once a day and tables in the dining room after each service.
  • Physical education and sports are allowed both indoors and outdoors.

*As of March 14, 2022, the requirement to wear a mask indoors for all staff, as well as middle and high school students, will be lifted in accordance with planned changes in the general population.

Depending on the analysis of the epidemic situation (morbidity dynamics, virus multiplication rate and hospital situation), the prefects can decide on measures adapted to local situations, together with the regional health agency and scientific bodies.

What does layer 2 of the health protocol provide?

  • full-time courses at school, college and high school;
  • providing enhanced measures for ventilation of premises and washing of hands;
  • Wearing a mask indoors is mandatory for CP staff and students;
  • the mixing limit is applied for each level. Rest is organized in groups, taking into account the recommendations regarding barrier gestures; in case of significant organizational difficulties, they can be replaced by breaks in classes;
  • physical distance must be observed between students of different groups (classes, groups of classes or levels);
  • disinfection of the most affected surfaces several times a day and tables in the refectory after each service;
  • physical and sports activities are usually carried out outdoors. However, when indoor training is necessary (bad weather, availability of equipment, etc.), it is done with a distance adapted to the activity. Contact sports are prohibited.

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The time slots and number of services are adapted to limit flows, occupancy density, and allow mixing limitation. As far as possible, inputs and outputs are separated. The chairs are arranged in such a way as to avoid direct contact (face to face, side by side).

The measures specific to the different levels are as follows:

  • level 1 / green level: the premises are planned and organized in such a way as to achieve the maximum possible distance between students;
  • level 2 / yellow level: looking for group stability. Students eat lunch every day at the same table in the first degree. The organization of individual service is recommended (trays, cutlery, water, serving on a plate or on a tray);
  • level 3 / orange level: looking for group stability. Lunch for students every day at one table at 1uh degree, while maintaining a distance of at least 2 m from persons of other classes. Making an individual service (trays, cutlery, water, serving on a plate or on a tray). Mass food offerings are prohibited;
  • level 4 / red level: the same rules apply as for the orange level.

To find out what to do in case of Covid infection and in case of risky contact, see the Coronavirus Covid-19 FAQ: answers to your questions

Protocol Change Reminder

The Ministry of National Education published on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Health Protocol for the 2021-2022 academic year. This protocol provides for a gradation of measures depending on the epidemic situation, which can be assessed on the spot.

As a reminder, the following changes have taken place in 2021:

September 2 to October 4, 2021the schools had a level 2 (yellow level) health protocol in place, with the exception of some overseas departments.

From October 4 to November 15, 2021, the health protocol applicable in schools, colleges, and high schools, was Level 1 (Green Level) only in departments where the incidence rate was below the threshold of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants for at least 5 consecutive days. Level 2 (yellow level) of the protocol is applied in other departments (incidence rate above 50 per 100,000 inhabitants).

November 15 to December 9, 2021, the wearing of a mask has again become mandatory in schools on the French mainland and abroad. Due to the resurgence of the epidemic, all students from CP to CM2 had to wear masks again in the classroom and at schools. All departments moved to level 2 of the health protocol, except for Guyana, which remained at level 4 (red level) of the health system.

December 9, 2021 to February 21, 2022 The health protocol in all kindergartens and primary schools has been moved to level 3, with the exception of Guyana, which remains level 4. Wearing a mask has also become mandatory outdoors (in playgrounds) for all students and staff. On the other hand, colleges and high schools always apply level 2 of the health protocol, Guyana remains at level 4.

As of January 3, 2022, the isolation and screening rules for students and staff for all departments, regardless of the protocol level applied, have been changed. Other health measures have also been put in place, such as a ban on festive events and non-recommended indoor school outings, or priority given to outdoor physical and sports activities.

January 10 to February 21, 2022protocol mitigation was implemented: 3 negative self-tests (performed at D0, D+2 and D+4) were sufficient. Return to class required only one certified parental certificate from the first negative self-test.

From February 21 to March 14, 2022: Measures to ease sanitation protocol in schools came into effect with the start of the school year in each zone: February 21 for Zone B, February 28 for Zone A, and March 7 for Zone C. Elementary schools moved to level 2 protocol: wearing a mask was no longer mandatory outdoors, indoor sports have resumed without a mask except for contact sports, and mixing in the canteen has been level-restricted rather than class-restricted. An affidavit proving that the child actually did the self-test is no longer required.

From February 28, 2022when there is a sick student, his classmates should only take a self-test on D+2, not on 3 self-tests (D0, D2 and D4).