Aargau closes its gymnasiums – Le Temps

While the Federal Council took no action concerning schools during its meeting on Wednesday, the Aargau State Council took the initiative by closing all its secondary II establishments from January 25 to February 26. This decision suggests tears within the Conference of Cantonal Directors of Public Education (CDIP), which will have all the trouble in the world to remain united.

In a letter addressed to the Federal Council, the CDIP has taken a position on the subject. In the current situation, it does not intend to close its establishments, neither at compulsory school, nor in secondary II, or at the level of gymnasiums and vocational schools. “A ban would have vast negative repercussions, both on the mental health of children and on their education.”


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The  CDIP reviewed the current precautionary measures and those that could be added to them in the event of a disaster scenario, namely a wide spread of the British and South African variants of the virus. So far, all schools have adopted hygiene rules such as wearing a compulsory mask, ventilating the premises and reorganizing the spaces in the classrooms. Successfully according to the CDIP: “en24news.com 

The  still low level of infection rates in schools is undoubtedly due in large part to the strict application of these measures,” she writes.

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The refore, other measures aimed at reducing contact, such as class reduction or the use of distance education, are premature for the moment. “Due to strict protection plans, schools of all levels of education are now very safe places”, assures the CDIP. For its part, the scientific task force, which has looked into the epidemiological and psychological consequences of a reduction in contacts, largely shares the opinion of the CDIP. According to her, “distance education would only be positive if the epidemiological situation became dangerous or very dangerous”.

This does not seem to be the case at present insofar as the epidemiological situation tends to relax, even if it remains worrying. en24news.com 

The  canton of Aargau, for its part, did not wait for its development in the near future to decide. He said this afternoon that he was closing for five weeks – including two devoted to sport – gymnasiums and vocational schools, where teaching will therefore be done remotely. A decision which may surprise: in this canton, the reproduction rate of the virus, which rose to the alarming level of 1.17 on December 18, has reduced to 0.84 today, which suggests a clear decrease in the number of new infections. In all likelihood, the Council of State ignored the recommendations of its own school services.

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