Demonstration against wearing a mask: the collective of Parents of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barth received by the vice-rector

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On Friday March 5 at 7 a.m., a new demonstration for the freedom of choice to wear a mask in elementary schools was held. 350 people were present in St Martin and Saint Barthélemy to carry, calmly but loudly, the demands of the parents' collective: to leave parents the free choice of wearing a mask for their children from 6 to 11 years old.

Failing to have so far won its case on this claim, the collective wished to meet again with the Vice Rector, Mr. Sanz in order to ask him, in a constructive approach, to use his prerogatives to improve the conditions of schooling of our children. Because if the rectorate is not competent to decide on measures resulting from a government decree, it does have the power to decide and act on the conditions of its implementation.

Five representatives of the collective were thus received in the premises of the rectorate in Saint-Martin. The interview, which lasted nearly two hours, allowed for a frank discussion during which the collective obtained the rectorate:

- That it ensure the necessary benevolence of the teaching staff, in particular in the application of the decree aiming at the wearing of the compulsory mask at school. In fact, parents had told us about threats of sanction against children who did not wear the mask badly during class or during recess. A note to school administrators and teachers will be sent by the rectorate, in order to recall this benevolence to have towards children who encounter difficulties with wearing a mask (no stigma, no threat, no punishment ).

- That it allow and promote the implementation of school time arrangements to offer our children more breathing time (staggered recess, increase in the frequency of breaks, etc.).

- That it communicate more effectively with parents who do not wish to leave their children at school during the period of application of the decree and that it offer them specific support, with also the possibility of reintegrating the child in the community. school before the end of the year, if the wearing of a mask becomes no longer compulsory in elementary school.

The Vice-Rector specified that he could only act within the framework of the public or private school under contract.

If the group of course disapproves of the very rigid position of the State services, it nevertheless considers itself satisfied with this progress and will remain attentive to the implementation of the commitments made today until the lifting of this obligation.

It is now established that our movement for the free choice of mask wearing for children aged 6 to 11 is useful and supported by a growing number of parents and concerned citizens.

Obviously, we are only at the beginning of this fight for the well-being of our children and the mobilization continues. New actions will be organized this week. The involvement of everyone is more than ever necessary to defend our children and their right to breathe!

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