Guidance for Schools

Topic(s)
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
School Management
Safe Schools and Learning Environments
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools

Published by
Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
World Health Organization (WHO)

The purpose of this document is to provide clear and actionable guidance for safe operations through the prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19 in schools and other educational facilities. The guidance, while specific to countries that have already confirmed the transmission of COVID-19, is relevant in all other contexts.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

COVID-19 Guidance for Schools in Nigeria

Published by
Nigeria Centers for Disease Control

The most important advice is for all schools to encourage their students to maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene to remain safe. School proprietors, headmasters, and head mistresses must ensure that students have access to clean water and soap at all times while on the school premises.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Safe School Environments During the EVD Outbreak

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This guidance note is about he admission rules for students, teachers, supervisors, and workers; special hygiene measures and rules; key equipment for the prevention of transmission of EVD in school; procedures for the referral and management of suspected case of EVD in schools; and support for children and non-discrimination.

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Emergency Update/Report

National learning platforms and tools

Published by
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)

A selection of national learning platforms from countries affected by school closures due to COVID-19

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Emergency Response Plan

National Response Plan for COVID-19

Published by
Ministry of Education Palestine

This national COVID19 emergency response plan document aims at presenting the MoE Palestine planned preparedness and response measures to ensure students safety, psychosocial wellbeing and continuity of transferring knowledge and information to all student both in Gaza and West Bank.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance Note: Risk-informed Education Programming for Resilience

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This Guidance Note aims to help UNICEF education staff at all levels, who are working in humanitarian, transition, and development contexts, analyze risk and adapt education policies and programs to take risk into account, so that education populations and systems are more resilient and all children and youth are in school and learning.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response WASH and Infection Prevention and Control Measures in Schools

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This guidance note is for UNICEF staff to help them in their preparedness and response to the current COVID-19 global pandemic. It provides an overview of Infection Prevention and Control and its intersection with water, sanitation and hygiene and how staff can help prevent infection and its spread in schools, through human to human and by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus.

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Framework

Comprehensive School Safety Framework

Published by
Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

The CSS framework is intended to advance the goals of the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools and the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector, and to promote school safety as a priority area of post-2015 frameworks for sustainable development, risk reduction and resilience.

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Website

Learning Toolbox for COVID-19 School Closures

Published by
Exploratorium

The Exploratorium tools for teaching and learning go far beyond exhibits—they are designed to spark curiosity, exploration, and understanding in learners and educators of all ages, near and far, and in all kinds of settings.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19

Published by
World Health Organization (WHO)

This annex provides considerations for decision-makers and educators on how or when to reopen or close schools in the context of COVID-19. These decisions have important implications for children, parents or caregivers, teachers and other staff, communities, and society at large.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools Annex B: Contextualization, Dissemination & Implementation

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This document provides the necessary guidelines to develop dissemination approaches based on local capacities and the efficiency of the systems, as well as for the dissemination and implementation of the guidelines / protocols, and the effective monitoring and evaluation of efforts.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools Annex C: Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS)

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The key messages for this annex summarize key mental health and psychosocial support considerations in relation to the 2019 new coronavirus outbreak. As well as general health and child protection services, schools can also provide critical support and play a role in the care, support and promotion of mental health and psychosocial support.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools Supplemental Content D: Child Friendly Materials

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The materials presented in the document cover messages, activities and stories related to COVID-19, focused on the prevention of disease transmission and the promotion of healthy behaviors. They can be used as part of distance education and be integrated into educational activities of schools when they reopen their facilities.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools Supplemental Content E: Protection of Children in and out of school in the context of COVID-19 pandemic

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

This document povides clear guidelines on how to protect children and adolescents in and out of school (depending on whether schools are closed or open), in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, including measures that should be implemented to mitigate the increase of violence against children and adolescents in both settings.

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Website

Learning Toolbox for COVID-19 School Closures

Published by
Exploratorium

The Exploratorium tools for teaching and learning go far beyond exhibits—they are designed to spark curiosity, exploration, and understanding in learners and educators of all ages, near and far, and in all kinds of settings.

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