France and the Netherlands are the latest European countries planning to reopen schools after a weeks-long break because of the coronavirus pandemic.
French primary school children are due to return to school on May 11 with a maximum of around 15 children per class. Older children will return a week later on May 18, but schools will only be allowed to resume if they meet strict health conditions.
As in the Netherlands, authorities said they ordered the reopening because children have seemingly been less affected by COVID-19. Dutch children will also start to return on a ‘part-time’ basis from May 11 and can start playing sports together as soon as April 29.
Some German children are back at school already as they prepare for exams, while others will return in the coming weeks as the country’s 16 states set their own rules.
Spain has yet to authorise a return to school, but the country’s education minister says there could be teaching over the summer if it is not possible before then.