In pictures: How school classrooms could look when the coronavirus lockdown eases

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The government plans to reopen a number of schools from the beginning of next month and this is what their classrooms could look like after the coronavirus lockdown.

Boris Johnson has said primary schools in England could reopen from 1 June at the earliest.

The move has sparked a huge row over the safety of children, with teachers, parents and doctors telling the government the plan is “too risky”.

Some pupils could be sent to other nearby schools if their classrooms are not suitable for social distancing.

The government insists it will make its decision this week on whether to reopen schools from the beginning of June.

If schools do reopen, they will look a lot different than they did before the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close.

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Some of the schools that have stayed open in the UK for the children of key workers give an indication of what might await pupils when they return.

At Kempsey Primary School in Worcestershire, about 30 children have been attending classes.

They have a traffic light system for washing their hands and follow arrows on the floor to create a one-way system.

The tables have been marked with tape to show pupils where they can sit during classes and lunchtime.

A number of countries across Europe have already reopened their schools while introducing social distancing measures for teachers and pupils.

Under the easing of England’s lockdown, primary school class sizes should be limited to 15 pupils, desks should be spaced as far apart as possible and outdoor space should be utilised, the government says.

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Children abide by a traffic light system for social distancing when washing their hands at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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Children of essential workers eat lunch in segregated positions at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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Children respecting social distance play a puzzle in a classroom at the Saint-Tronc Castelroc primary school in Marseille, southern France.
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A teaching assistant applies tape to the floor at Marsden Infant and Nursery School in Marsden, near Huddersfield, England.
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A hygiene notice is displayed at the entrance to a classroom at Marsden Infant and Nursery School in Marsden, near Huddersfield, England.
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A student puts on a face mask before entering the classroom at Les Magnolias primary school in Brussels, Belgium.
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Pupils with plastic bags for belongings stand in front of cones at Les Magnolias primary school in Brussels, Belgium.
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Pupils wearing face masks at Les Magnolias primary school in Brussels, Belgium.
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Primary school pupils exercise using social distancing in a classroom in Kranj, Slovenia.
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Children and their parents wait at a safe distance from each other before entering a primary school in Kranj, Slovenia.
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A primary school teacher wearing a face mask talks to pupils in a classroom in Kranj, Slovenia.
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Children of essential workers eat lunch in segregated positions at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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Social distancing measures as a child studies on a marked table at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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Staff at Marsden Infant and Nursery School in Marsden, near Huddersfield, prepare a classroom for pupils.
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Tables are marked showing where children can sit during dinner time at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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Tables are marked showing where children can sit during lunchtime at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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Children of essential workers socially distance whilst in a lesson at Kempsey Primary School in Worcester.
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A primary school teacher wearing a face mask in a classroom in Kranj, Slovenia.
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A girl disinfects her hands at the entrance of a primary school in Kranj, Slovenia.
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