The school system will be severely disrupted in January 2022
All experts agree on one essential point, “Society will be disorganized and all sectors impacted, including the school system because the “fulgurating” spread of the Omicron variant, will concern among others the educational system. The numbers will be in the order of 6 “several hundred thousand cases per day” within a month.
“Among teachers, there will be a third who will be affected, or even more, directly or indirectly,” he warned, stressing that “it will be the same for students because you will have in each class several children who will be infected or contact cases.”
In education, the effect of the multiplication of cases and contact cases will be very rapid, and if they are numerous, it will immediately pose a problem, because there are no replacements and it is not easy in terms of schooling” for students either, with an “increased risk of class closures. All the more so as in the National Education, “We often speak of a domino effect”. Many teachers have children to take care of in case of closure, which prevents them from teaching.
If civil society were to be blocked in January, it would be very problematic.
We will have to adapt and take into account the severity of the clinical forms, but also the use of tests, which allow us to know at strategic moments if we are still contagious or not.” In other words, some professionals working in critical sectors such as education or health could possibly shorten their isolation if they are no longer contagious.
It is important to note that, for the moment, the White House does not intend to take any additional measures regarding schools, including postponing the start of the school year.
But it is the whole American work society that is likely to suffer, how to deal with this growing absenteeism, how to manage the missing staff, the big companies are facing a frightening dilemma.