To prevent grandparents from putting themselves in danger by picking up the children, Jean Castex suggested Thursday to the municipalities to extend the extra-curricular hours.
“With some exceptions, communities will not have this money to expand daycare hours”, said Agnès Le Brun, spokesperson for the Association of Mayors of France, on Franceinfo Thursday, August 27. Jean Castex suggested to the municipalities to extend the extra-curricular hours, a competence of town halls, to prevent grandparents from putting themselves in danger by picking up children from school while France is experiencing a sharp increase the number of cases of Covid-19.
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“If it costs something, and if it is the State which imposes it, it is who decides pays, said Agnès Le Brun. If the community decides, it can take charge of it. If the state decides for the community, well we cannot decide for someone without taking charge, of course, of the inherent expenses. “
“I don’t know how to hear it, if it’s a suggestion, an indication”, she said. Strengthen extracurricular “do not organize on a corner of the table” and not “can in no way be the result of any improvisation, because it requires logistics, organization, premises, staff and money.” Agnès Le Brun advocates “a dialogue” between communities and the State, and asks to preserve “freedom” municipalities “who can’t or won’t do it”.