Schools across Europe are reopening as summer break ends despite rising infection rates across the continent. French students went backto school on September 1st. Teachers and students aged over 11 years must wear face masks at all times. Schools must limit the mixing of class groups, and ventilate and disinfect classrooms.
In England and Wales, the government’s new guidance advises secondary school students aged 11 to 18 and staff to wear face coverings in hallways and communal areas.
The Spanish government has insisted all children over the age of six must wear masks at all times and washtheir hands at least five times a day. Children should keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other, and regional governments have hired additional teachers to reduce class sizes. Masks will also be mandatory for students in Greece, with a maximum of 25 children per class.
Schools in Belgium have introduced a number of prevention measures, including mandatory use of hand sanitizer for children or thewearing of face masks all day for teachers and other adults.