New checklist supports schools to reopen and prepare for COVID-19 resurgences
A new WHO Checklist to support schools re-opening and preparation for COVID-19 resurgences or similar public health crises , lists 38 essential actions to be considered by different stakeholders as they work together to agree school reopening plans.
According to data collected by UNESCO, classrooms for nearly 1 in 5 schoolchildren globally – or 320 million – are closed as of 1 December, an increase of nearly 90 million from 232 million on 1 November.
In some places, children have been out of school for 9 months or more. Prolonged school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are presenting an unprecedented challenge to children’s education, health and well-being worldwide. The longer a student stays out of school, the higher their risk of dropping out.
As school closure numbers continue to soar and many schools break for holidays, a new WHO checklist aims to support the different levels of decision-making (national, local, and the schools themselves) that are needed in order to reopen schools safely.
The checklist also aims to help improve adherence to existing COVID-19-related public health and social measures designed to protect children under the age of 18 years in educational settings.
“Schools can reopen safely,” …continued .
[Original Source: WHO]