An International Review of Plans for School Reopening

This report is based on a survey of recently-published guidance documents and media commentary related to the management of the reopening of schools after closure in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The authors consider current approaches to reopening schools, using relevant country examples to illustrate trends in policy.

The authors use examples from high-income, middle-income and low-income contexts.

At the time of writing, most of the school systems that have reopened are in high-income or middle-income countries. Schools in most low-income and many middle-income countries remain closed. The evidence base related to the experience of reopening is, therefore, heavily skewed towards high-income and middle-income countries.

The authors identify issues relating to the use of technology in the reopened schools.

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