School return: Advice from French scientific advisors

Obligatory masks for secondary school pupils (collège and lycée), the regular cleaning of schools throughout the day and strict adherence to the health barrier rules by keeping pupils a metre apart are the main recommendations of the Covid-19 Scientific Advisory body to the government, for a progressive return to school when de-confinement begins on May 11.

The Conseil Scientifique has said it would prefer for schools to remain closed until September but this weekend, in the light of what it says is a “political decision,” members outlined the measures they consider essential for the safest possible return.

Education Minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer has said the recommendations will be the “reference for all those involved in preparing the rentrée.”

The details are expected to be given tomorrow afternoon, when Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presents his deconfinement plan to parliament at 15:00.

The main recommendations are:

-              Families should have the choice to keep their children at home.

-              Testing will not be possible for everyone as it concerns 14 million people and would have to be repeated regularly (every 5-7 ...

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