French teachers walk out of their classrooms in protest as omicron drives record coronavirus case numbers

But as the omicron variant drives record case numbers, and as vaccination rates among children lag those among adults, many school systems are once again pondering closures. Many French teachers and students do not advocate widespread closures, but they demand more government support and clearer protocols, amid widespread staff absences, a lack of protective equipment, frequently changing testing requirements and surging caseloads in classrooms.