During one day, several classrooms were transformed into screening centers. For the first time, students and teachers can take an antigen test directly in their school. Dounia, a high school student, has no symptoms. But, she needs to be reassured. “I come for my family, for my mother who is sick and therefore more at risk for the virus.”

Inal, she is worried about having contracted the English variant. “I have symptoms, knowing that in addition Cachan is next to Bagneux where the new variant has arrived. We never know. So I preferred to get tested. ”

School nurses mobilized

Here, it is the school nurses who take the samples. They were trained on a voluntary basis for these screenings. Monique Clergeat did not hesitate to participate. “The Covid is a very difficult time. In my high school, I see that the students are not doing well. The teachers are not doing well. There is a lot of anxiety and I think that there we can help. ”

The academies select the establishments. This may follow a request from a principal, a mayor or the Regional Health Agency (ARS) for areas severely affected by the virus.

Mixed success

Yesterday, at the Cachan high school, all the tests were negative. But, of the 2,400 students and 300 staff, only 129 came to be tested. What limit the effectiveness of such an operation.