Concern over schools’ readiness to reopen

School classes will reopen under strict conditions and staggered over a period of weeks when France begins deconfinement on May 11.

Parents can decide whether their children return to school – it will not be obligatory. Classes will be limited to 15 pupils.

First back will be primary and maternelle classes starting progressively from May 11, throughout the country. Pupils will not have to wear masks.
From May 18, collège pupils, starting with those in sixième (age 11) and cinquième (age 12) will start to go back. In his address to parliament outlining deconfinement plans on April 28, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said collèges would only open in departments with a “very feeble” virus circulation.

All collège students will have to wear masks. Teachers will be provided with masks to use when they cannot be more than a metre from pupils.
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