Covid-19: three Brussels schools stop work to demand closure from Monday
Share article:
Share article:

Covid-19: three Brussels schools stop work to demand closure from Monday

© Belga

Most of the staff members of three Brussels schools stopped work for one hour on Friday at 10:20 AM to ask for the immediate closure of their establishments, without waiting for the upcoming school holidays.

The Redouté-Peiffer and Emile Gryzon institutes and the Herlin special education institute are concerned about coronavirus clusters, said Michel Oeyen, president of the Brussels-Capital section of SLFP-education, on Friday morning.

At the Redouté-Peiffer Institute, nearly 40 teachers are sidelined out of a total of 80, only three out of ten educators remain at their posts, and there is more than consistent absenteeism among pupils, according to SLFP.

The situation is reportedly similar among staff at the Emile Gryzon and Herlin Institutes.

The directors have asked the French Community Commission to close the schools. This request was relayed to the office of the minister-president of the Brussels government, Rudi Vervoort, who stated his intention not to suspend classes during the week of 26 October and to keep the schools open until the All Saints holiday, which was extended to 11 November.

He indicated that class closures are still possible according to the rules in force and that a new assessment of the situation in the schools is under way.

Related News


“There are teachers absent, but also many workers among the maintenance staff and therefore the premises are no longer being cleaned properly, which was a condition for the resumption of classes,” Oeyen pointed out.

“What percentage of teachers have to be quarantined for the organising authority to agree to close a school? We want to close the schools to put an end to the effect of the clusters and to resume classes in good conditions after the All Saints’ Day holidays.”

Oeyen called for the introduction of measures for when classes resume, such as the obligation to organise outdoor mask breaks so that everyone does not take their mask off at the same time during the lunch break.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Flanders introduces ‘invisible’ speed cameras
New digital speed cameras that are essentially invisible to the road user are being introduced on various roads and motorways in Flanders, Flemish ...
Warnings issued for slippery roads across Belgium
Drivers have been asked to watch out for slippery roads from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening, as snow and cold temperatures are expected ...
Testing rules following high-risk contact eased for vaccinated people
The coronavirus testing policy following a high-risk contact has been eased, meaning a vaccinated person who was in contact with an infected person ...
New measures announced for Belgian schools
Stricter rules are being implemented across a variety of sectors in Belgium to curb the rising number of infections and limit the damage as a result ...
Majority of booster doses should be administered by March 2022
Invitations will be sent out in the following days for the general population in Belgium to receive a coronavirus booster vaccine, and most adults ...
Belgium adopts national plan to combat gender-based violence
Belgium has adopted a National Action plan for the Fight against Gender-Based Violence, which includes more than 200 measures and unites all levels ...
Antwerp cancels Christmas market and New Year’s Eve fireworks
The city of Antwerp has joined other cities including Leuven and Ghent by announcing it is cancelling this year's Christmas market, the end-of-year ...
Pharmaceutical companies looking into vaccines against new variant
Pharmaceutical companies have sprung into action to look into vaccine protection against the new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, ...
Belgium imposes entry ban on travellers from southern Africa
Belgium is introducing an entry ban for travellers from several countries in the south of Africa following concerns about a new variant (B.1.1.529) ...
What Ursula did next
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES • Weekly analysis and untold stories
Nightclub closures, limiting contacts: These rules come into force today
Just over one week after its last meeting, Belgium's Consultative Committee on Friday once again announced a set of new measures to curb the rising ...
Almost 3,500 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as new cases continue to skyrocket
The number of new coronavirus cases in Belgium is continuing to rise, and with it the number of Covid-19 patients who are hospitalised as a result of ...