Harrowing Photos Show What Reopening Schools Looks Like Post-Pandemic

As countries around the world begin to lift lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, photos of schoolchildren around the world reveal what reopening schools looks like post-lockdown. And it’s a harrowing glimpse into what American schools may look like come September.

Lionel Top, a local reporter in Tourcoing, France, took to Twitter with heartbreaking photos last week, as approximately 1.5 million of the country’s preschool and elementary age students returned to classes for the first time in over two months.

“There was a sadness,” Top told TODAY Parents, adding that the atmosphere was “very strange, even disturbing.”

Top says those feelings were mostly evident in the adults though. The children were happy, and did not see their new normal as a punishment.

“They laughed and played together but from far away,” he explained.

France’s reopening schools comes on the heels of Denmark, the first country in Europe to bring kids back to elementary schools. They’re making it work by enforcing hourly hand washing schedules, and social distancing.


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Still, teachers say students forget from time to time that touching is dangerous and hugs are off limits.

In China, schools have been open for the past month, and teachers are using creativity to teach some of the youngest students what 6 feet apart looks and feels like.


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As more and more photos emerge showing this new reality of returning to school post-pandemic, it begs the question:

What will reopening schools look like in America come Fall?

A new poll conducted by RealClear Opinion Research found that 40 percent of American families are more likely to use homeschool or virtual school for childhood education moving forward, meaning we could see less students returning to buildings.

“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns,” said John Schilling, president of the American Federation of Children. “With 55 million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling.”

With most schools across America remaining closed through the end of the school year, it’s hard to know what things will look like by September. But it’s safe to say, social distancing will be the new norm, and hybrid schooling is on the rise.


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Bri Lamm
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Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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