The decision was expected given the tense health situation that France has been experiencing since March. Emmanuel Macron therefore announced on March 31 the closure of schools for the next three weeks.
The Head of State therefore ruled in his speech on March 31: nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will be closed for the next three weeks “except for the children of caregivers and some other professions, as well as children in handicap situation ”. On the other hand, students will be able to continue to go to the university one day a week.
With this closure feared by some parents, it is the return of a situation that the French had not known since the first confinement, France being an exception in Europe in its stated desire to keep schools open until then.
Establishments closed from April 2
Schools will therefore be closed from this Friday April 2 throughout France. From Monday April 5, students will have a week of home lessons before spring break.
These spring school holidays will be unified and will take place throughout the territory from April 12 to 26. The start of the April 26 school year will normally be for schools, and however still remotely for colleges and high schools. The President of the Republic is however hopeful of being able to resume normal education on May 3, “with appropriate gauges”.
“I know that this reorganization involves profound changes for the parents of students and for the families, but it is the most suitable solution to curb the virus, while preserving the education and therefore the future of our children” , declared the head of state to defend this measure.