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French teachers go back to work as UK unions refuse with COVID-19 demands.

French schools have reopened with new safeguards in place to protect pupils and staff from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, in the UK teacher’s unions warning teachers not engage with the government who plans to begin a phased reopening of schools from 1st June.

In France, new measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus in schools, including introducing single file lanes in corridors and giving pupils access to personal protective equipment. There have only been 70 cases of COVID-19 in France’s 40,000 schools and nurseries in the last 11 days and no children or staff have been seriously ill. Unions in France supported moves to get children back to schools, arguing they should not become “collateral victims” from the pandemic. In France around a quarter of children have returned to class if they live in areas with lower transmission rates. Primary schools reopened on May 11 and middle schools reopened yesterday, with social distancing measures designed to reduce the risk. All children over 11 must wear masks, and classes are limited to 15, with one child per desk.

Read more: French teachers return to schools with safety masks and one-way lanes in classrooms making a mockery of UK union demands - https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11656357/france-teachers-schools-safety-masks-mockery-uk-union-demands/

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