Cheers and fears: Kids yearn for class, teachers are uneasy

  • Teachers wear protective face masks as they watch a presentation via video conference, from school director Karin Heremans, which outlines the new school year coronavirus, COVID-19 measures at the Atheneum high school in Antwerp, Belgium, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Students return to school in Belgium on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with measures in place regarding social distancing and the wearing of masks to protect against the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS — In a world turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, rarely have so many kids relished the end of their summer vacations — and rarely have so many teachers faced such anxiety as school bells ring in a new year across much of Europe starting Tuesday.