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THE JOURNAL OF SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY MEDICINE - Volume 7 Issue 3, July - September 2020

Pages: 13-19

ASPECTS REGARDING THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

Gabriela Brisan

Category: Medical

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Abstract:

2020 has faced society with the largest crisis of the 21st century: the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. As we have seen the virus unravel over the past few months, governments across the world have taken various measures to slow the spread of the disease until a vaccine or treatment is found. An example is the suspending of face to face teaching.

In this review, we analyse the disruption caused by Covid-19 to the current academic year and what guidelines key international players suggest for the re-opening of educational institutions. We show that studies across the globe have concluded that missing school has a great impact for pupils, and that their welfare, mental and physical health are put in grave danger by the economic and social side effects of the pandemic, with pupils from underprivileged backgrounds being hit the hardest.

We find that guidelines on school re-openings follow two major paths: one where schools re-open using a hybrid model and one where schools open fully but with restrictions. The hybrid model appears when there is a mix of students returning to the classrooms and staying at home. The full return is adorned with very strict procedures around hygiene and contact tracing for confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the institution. Key takeaways include regular airing of classrooms, washing hands for longer and more frequently, social distancing, and wearing masks.

All key players recommend contact tracing for confirmed cases as a method of containing local outbreaks within schools.

Keywords: reopening of schools, COVID-19

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