Schools Across Europe Re-open Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Millions returned to school in France, Belgium, Poland and Russia on Tuesday.

Sohil Nikam

September 3, 2020

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As the COVID-19 numbers from several European countries continued to grow, tens of millions of students returned to schools on Tuesday amid fears of contracting the coronavirus. France, Belgium, Poland and Russia are among the countries where schools have been reopened. Although the schools are following strict physical distancing norms and hygiene measures, parents are still worried whether all that is enough to ensure the safety of the pupils. In France, masks have been made mandatory for teachers as well as all pupils over 11.

As for Belgium, where a new term has started for the students, masks are required for all pupils aged 12 and over, and must be kept in a protective case. Belgium has been one of the worst affected countries in Europe, having one of the continent’s highest death rates. Russia’s case tally has crossed the 1 million mask but students have still been forced to return to schools, with teachers having been mandated to wear masks. In Spain, where 8,115 new cases of COVID-10 were recorded on Tuesday – classes are set to resume next week.

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