The three rectors of Paris, Créteil and Versailles and the director general of the regional health agency (ARS) Ile-de-France are launching, with the support of the Public Assistance – Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), “Pilot operations” for screening for the Covid-19 coronavirus using antigenic tests in secondary schools in Ile-de-France, intended for staff and student volunteers, announced Friday, November 20 in a joint press release from the National Education, the ARS and of the AP-HP.
These operations will begin on Monday 23 November and will take place over several weeks in around thirty high schools spread across the region. It is therefore indeed a gradual deployment in educational establishments which “are among the priority places for the deployment of tests, in order to guarantee the effectiveness of the right to education while offering the highest level of protection to students, teachers and all staff.”
The goal, according to the statement, is “quickly identify people carrying the virus and break the chains of contamination“Indeed, the results of these tests are known”within 15 to 30 minutes“. These rapid tests”complement the PCR tests which remain the benchmark tests. “
In addition, according to another press release from National Education which provides a weekly update on the situation of the virus in schools, 13,870 students (out of 12,400,000) have tested positive for the virus cumulatively over the last seven days against 12,487 last week.