PARIS: Not all French classrooms can reopen safely on Tuesday, the education minister admitted on Sunday, amid a persistent rise in coronavirus infections that threatens government efforts to bring back the 12.9 million French schoolchildren in class.
“It is decided by a day-to-day analysis based on the health situation of each territory”, said Sunday the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer on the radio France-Info.
Some classes will remain closed, he said, but “as little as possible”.
A collective of doctors released an appeal on Saturday saying government measures against viruses in schools are not tough enough.
He recommended mask requirements for children as young as six and a mix of online and in-person schooling.
The government wants to reopen all schools from Tuesday to reduce learning gaps made worse by the spring lockdown, get parents back to work and jumpstart the economy.
France reported 5,453 new daily infections on Saturday, up from several hundred a day in May and June.
The national health service says growth is exponential and neighboring countries have imposed quarantines or tests on people arriving from parts or all of France.