She invited the parents of the class's 26 pupils by email to follow the new program, "La maîtresse part en live" (a rather fortuitous play on words that can mean either, "The teacher goes live" or "The teacher spins out of control").
"No one expected this, but the reactions were enthusiastic," Letoqueux recalls. "I received a lot of encouragement from parents, my principal, and my colleagues."
The first episode went online on March 23 – aired live to avoid hours of video editing. Some 60 pupils watched the first virtual lesson with their parents.
But the end of the lockdown meant the show's run was also about to end. On May 4, 2020, Letoqueux announced she would return to teaching in class at the request of her principal.
What she hadn't foreseen was that thousands of her YouTube channel subscribers would join forces and launch a petition arguing that the program was in the "public interest," demanding that she continue.
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