Italian schoolchildren return to classrooms in areas that were worst-hit hotspots

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Staff and children will have their temperature taken on arrival, while those who have been in close contact with a student or teacher who tests positive for Covid-19 will be immediately quarantined. Millions of children returned to classrooms across 14 Italian regions on Monday, more than six months after schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, elementary students waited in spaces designated by red tape to be called to class. The move raised concerns about older teachers, as Italy has the oldest teaching workforce in the European Union. According to the safety measures, teachers and pupils over the age of 6 will have to wear face masks at all times. More than half of primary and secondary school teachers are over the age of 50, and 17% are over 60, according to a new report. Almost 15,000 of more than 35,500 coronavirus deaths in Italy were among people between the age of 50 and 79.
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Schools reopened in much of Italy on 14 September after being closed for six months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Schools reopened in much of Italy on 14 September after being closed for six months amid the coronavirus pandemic. EPA-EFE/MASSIMO PERCOSSI

Students wearing face masks attend a class inside the gym at Isacco Newton High School in Rome, Italy, 14 September 2020. EPA-EFE/MASSIMO PERCOSSI Some 5.6 million students were expected to be back to school. Some 5.6 million students were expected to be back to school. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Italian schoolchildren return to classrooms in areas that were worst-hit hotspots

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08668134 Students wearing face masks attend a class inside the gym at Isacco Newton High School in Rome, Italy, 14 September 2020.

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