It is 08.00 am on Friday 15 January 2021, one hundred and thirty-seven days from the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
The boringly repetitive dismal things to report about schools in France
Back to looking at the fundamental issues facing all schools. The pandemic, and the new virus variants, continue to rage through the now standalone UK and many EU countries, including France. School closures have now been mandated in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, the UK and Germany as a key element of their national lockdown programmes.
But not in France. OH NO, not France, although the French population, and French schools, are at no lesser risk from Covid 19 than other EU countries. Our foolhardy, dangerous, naïve French ‘men-in-charge’ continue to think, assume, refuse, whatever, to close the schools. The non-decision makers are great at tinkering around the edges, great at protecting key economies, but absolutely lousy when it comes to the big health decisions needed to protect their citizens. Last week mum and dad said – ‘this is nuts!’. Following new comments on the school situation, reported in the papers this week such as:
…… mum and dad would love to use much harsher and cruder words to describe their feelings about their continued school filibustering (aka -we are keeping the schools opening and we will be doing a lot more testing). They leave the rhetoric to the reader’s imagination.
So, schools remain an obvious universal vector for Covid 19 transmission. The pupils, their parents, their siblings, the staff, all of them, have been forcibly recruited as potential frontline viral carriers, meeting daily to exchange the latest viral loads, and returning at sunset to their communities, their homes and their loved ones.
Our blog is cathartic, and really helps us cope, but how long is it going to be repetitively depressing?
The 2020 switch to 2021 was great for learning the lessons of how to survive through a gruelling, physically exhausting, mentally exhausting, shitty year and to plan for better in this new year. But the lessons have also reinforced that we are all about to pay another ridiculously unnecessary and even more exorbitant price for more of the same this year …. all thanks to the very damaging confusing advice and the dangerous mistakes of the ‘men-in-charge’, AND the dangerous mistakes of the many citizens determined to ignore the obvious precautions. We all know that the ‘men-in-charge’ are hanging on desperately for vaccination to save their reputations and to save the day for their citizens. Programmes are sprouting up overnight … pity they didn’t use the same speed to stop Covid 19 dead in its tracks. Mum and dad have been forced to take further stock of what to do about the school debacle. We are staying positive, and working out how to get even more benefit out of writing up a repetitively depressing blog.
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
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