Lockdown eased: Netherlands and France plan to re-open primary schools


Youngest pupils to start classes again in May as scientists say move should not cause more hospital admissions

Two European countries said on Tuesday that their schools will reopen next month. Younger pupils are to go back to their primary classrooms in Holland and France, following similar recent moves in Denmark and Norway.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister, gave provisional details of a staggered return. Younger children are to return first, with 5-11-year-olds going back on 12 May. Secondary school pupils are to restart lessons a week later. All classes begin on 25 May.

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