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Primary pupils 'will have to return to school part-time' if Covid rules apply

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Schoolchildren line up to clean their hands before to enter their school during its reopening in Saint-Sebastien-sur-Loire near Nantes, France. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Schoolchildren line up to clean their hands before to enter their school during its reopening in Saint-Sebastien-sur-Loire near Nantes, France. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

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Schoolchildren line up to clean their hands before to enter their school during its reopening in Saint-Sebastien-sur-Loire near Nantes, France. Photo: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Primary school pupils will only be able to return to school part-time in autumn if current social distancing and other public health restrictions are in place, teachers and school managers warn.

After months of closure, with parents struggling to keep learning going at home and children feeling the loss of school, it is a bleak scenario.

But key education stakeholders raised the spectre of schools reopening with reduced numbers at any one time, and individual pupils returning on a half day, day on/off, half week on/half week off or week on/week off basis.