French officials have retreated on plans to reopen all schools Tuesday as coronavirus infections spike in the nation.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told the French Journal du Dimanche newspaper that some schools will stay closed Tuesday but emphasized this would apply to “as few as possible.”
The schools where reopening will proceed as planned are “being decided by a day-by-day analysis based on the health situation of each territory,” Blanquer said.
His comment comes the day after a group of French doctors published an open letter calling for stricter anti-virus measures in school, including combination online and in-person instruction and masks for children as young as six, according to The Associated Press.
Under current plans, French schools are set to fully reopen with masks required for students 11 and up. The precautions are less stringent than