On Monday, March 29, parents of students participated in an action for the school of Bruilhols, where a kindergarten will be closed at the beginning of the 2022 school year. If they don’t cry a scandal, they support the teacher team.
Monday morning, when their children were dropped off at Bruilhols school, from 08:00 to 08:30, parents of pupils took an action in support of the establishment. They placed hearts painted by the school children on the gates at the entrance. The goal, to show their attachment to the school, where a kindergarten is closed at the beginning of the next school year.
Back to school 2022: one class opens, the other closes
Laurent Fichet, Academic Director of the National Education Services (Dasen) of Ariège, announced the abolition of one of the establishment’s three functions during the presentation of the start of the 2022 school year, in February. That is why he “encouraged” the parents of pupils to enroll their children in the kindergartens of Paul-Bert and Parmentier in Foix.
Parents “concerned” about their children’s school
Amandine is one of the mothers who organized the action on Monday. “We were talking to multiple moms because our kids are doing well in school, she contextualizes. The class closure will take effect at the beginning of the next school year because there would then have been only five CM1-CM2 students. We are concerned because the school is already vulnerable, this deletion is not going in the right direction. †
However, the spokesperson for the day specifies the intention of the parents: “We are not crying foul, we are not going to launch a petition. We support the school. The parents of students who were concerned about the possible change were welcomed by Laurent Fichet. He explained to us that he assigns teachers as needed. It made sense to remove a position at Bruilhols. †
With this change, at the start of the next school year, there will be two teachers for all levels, from the middle section to CM2, within the school of Fuxéenne. At first, the parents “didn’t understand” why a preschool position was abolished when there would have been only a small number of students in CM1 and CM2. “It removes siblings, Amandine laments. The children go to another school (Paul-Bert or Parmentier) and cannot return to Bruilhols. †
Concessions for students already present at Bruilhols
Thanks to a “daily dialogue” with the school management and the national education services, the parents received some concessions. “At the beginning it was agreed that the students in the large section could stay, then those in the middle section, says Amandine. For students who are already at Bruilhols, nothing changes at school, which makes it possible to keep brothers and sisters. †
As for the primary, Amandine ensures that “the elected officials are committed to ensuring that all registrations between CP and CM2 can be honored”. In summary, no pupil can be enrolled in the small section at the beginning of the school year, so that the middle and then the large classes at Bruilhols have been abolished over the years. The primary school is holding it back for now.
The school “runs like a family”
Hearts painted on the grids by the students “represent the message we want to convey,” says Amandine. “The children are good there. There is a division of levels in the classroom and they play together on the playground. The school works like a family. Although there are classes between 14 and 17 students with multiple levels, the guidance is almost individual. †
This Monday morning, the message was also addressed to the members of the teaching team and the Alae. “We support them, we are by their side,” laughs Amandine. They have a reservation right and we respect that, that’s why we stayed outside. The action meant ‘don’t forget’. They will remember this every time they come in and out of school.