Most of Europe reopened schools. States in the US have been more cautious.
“Global report: schools across Europe reopen as Covid cases grow” – September 1st
Tens of millions of pupils, most wearing face masks, have headed back to class in France, Belgium, Poland and Russia, as schools across Europe cautiously reopened amid spiralling numbers of new coronavirus cases in several countries.
Parents and teachers around the continent have expressed fears that strict physical distancing and hygiene measures such as hand cleansing stations will not be able to prevent a second Covid-19 wave, maybe coinciding with the autumn flu season.
Most governments, however, have concluded that the greater risk is that a generation of children will lose out on crucial face-to-face teaching, and that online lessons delivered to pupils staying at home are not sustainable for most working parents.
About 12.4 million students returned to school for la rentrée in France on Tuesday, with masks mandatory for teachers as well as all pupils over 11. Pupils complained it felt “a bit weird”, while teachers worried about the impact of hiding their faces.