Students in France return to schools, even as covid-19 cases soar
“Not everything should be destroyed by the health situation,” Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper. “We must be vigilant, but not forget the educational and social imperatives, nor deviate from our two objectives: improving the educational level of each child and reducing inequalities.”
Despite the recent increase in cases, 79 percent of French parents were in favor of sending their children back to school Sept. 1, according to a recent survey by France’s Ifop polling agency.
Crowds of parents and students gathered outside schools on Tuesday morning, with many students visibly eager to return to in-person learning. In central Paris, the sounds of the recess hour at certain schools could be heard blocks away.
Some teachers and health professionals, though, have criticized the government’s plans. While there has been little evidence of school-based transmission in Europe or around the world, school outbreaks in Israel and Chile have caused concerns about schools accelerating community spread.
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[Source: Washington Post]