Return to School

Topic(s)
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Framework

Framework for Reopening Schools

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
World Bank
World Food Programme (WFP)

This framework serves to inform the decision-making process on when to reopen schools, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of the overall public health and education planning processes. Contextualization and continuous adaptation are necessary in order to respond to local conditions and meet each child’s learning, health and safety needs.

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Thai
Manual/Handbook/Guide

COVID-19 Refugees' Return to Schooling Guidelines

Published by
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

This document aims to provide practical suggestions – for UNHCR operations and partners - on how the specific needs of refugee children, youth and families can be addressed as schools begin to re-open. It complements and draws on detailed guidance issued by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Global Education Cluster, other UN agencies and NGOs and includes links to key resources.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Safe Back to School: A Practitioner’s Guide

Published by
Global Education Cluster
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Child Protection Global Protection Cluster

This guide builds on the UN Framework for Reopening Schools, giving concrete actions that can be taken at the community and school level to operationalize these global policy recommendations

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Portuguese
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Other

Three Scenarios for the Safe Reopening of Schools

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
World Health Organization (WHO)

To keep schools healthy once reopened, UNICEF Guinea provided these flow charts for schools to use in handling symptoms of Ebola in students/school personnel

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

COVID-19: Pathways for the Return to Learning

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

As education systems start to reopen and support students to return, four responses are most relevant in the return to learning: extended instructional time, catch-up programmes, remedial education, and accelerated education programmes. These programmes increase the amount of instructional time, provide additional support, or prioritise learning outcomes to help learners get back on track

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Arabic
Policy Document

Weighing up the risks: School closure and reopening under COVID-19

Published by
Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

A policy paper from The Alliance and INEE calls on governments to do holistic analysis of the impact on the wellbeing of children and young people, with a focus on the impact on educational outcomes and the child protection risks that are engendered by school closures.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

EI Guidance on Reopening Schools and Education Institutions

Published by
Education International

With schools and education institutions closed in a majority of countries, there are critical issues for governments to take into consideration, as countries gradually begin to re-open early childhood institutions, schools and higher education institutions.

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Emergency Update/Report

Briefing Note - Liberia Back to School Progress

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Update on UNICEF's support to the Government of Liberia’s efforts to reopen schools following the Ebola outbreak.

English
Emergency Update/Report

Back to School in Guinea

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

At the request of the Government of Guinea, UNICEF is provided support to help ensure that the reopening of schools - and the rest of the school year - is as safe as possible following the Ebola outbreak.

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Emergency Response Plan

Program Intervention for the Re-opening of Schools in Liberia

Published by
Ministry of Education, Liberia

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has formulated these guidelines to ensure smooth operation of academic activities in the post Ebola era in Liberia. The guidelines are intended to build a sustainable Ebola prevention system in the education sector.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Supporting teachers in back-to-school efforts: Guidance for policy-makers

Published by
International Labor Organization (ILO)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
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International Teacher Task Force for Education 2030

This document provides guidance to policy-makers on measures to support teachers and education staff when schools reopen, during and after the COVID-19 crisis

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Planning for School Reopening and Recovery After COVID-19

Published by
Center for Global Development

The short and accessible briefs collected here draw on rigorous evidence relevant to the COVID-19 emergency to formulate recommendations for policymakers on five critical dimensions of school reopening and recovery.

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Framework

Framework for Safe Reopening of Schools: Iraq

Published by
Iraq Education Cluster

The purpose of this document is to assist education partners to prepare for the eventual re-opening of schools and to make suggestions on how partners can support the Ministries of Education and the Directorates of Education to keep children safe. The document concludes with a checklist which every partner should use daily as they plan their education interventions.

English
Policy Document

Return to Learning during COVID-19

Published by
US Agency for International Development (USAID)

When learners return to the classroom, many will have been out of school or training for several months. To respond to this disruption, it is critical to re-engage learners, including those who dropped out, and to address educational disparities faced by the most marginalized. 

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance Note 5: Return to School

Published by
Humanity & Inclusion

This guidance is part of a series to support you during the Covid-19 crisis

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French
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities Reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic Closures

Published by
Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Education have developed a Nigeria Education Sector COVID-19 Response Strategy to guide and systemize this response. The strategy sets out the framework for comprehensive and coordinated actions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s immediate, medium, and long-term impact on the nation’s education sector.

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Framework

CP-EiE Collaboration Framework - Checklist for Reopening Schools

Published by
Global Education Cluster
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Child Protection - Global Protection Cluster

This checklist proposes steps for CP and Education sectors to take as schools prepare to re-open to ensure a coordinated response for children returning to school.

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French
Spanish
Manual/Handbook/Guide

COVID-19 Pathways for the Return to Learning: Guidance on Condensing a Curriculum

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

The goal of this document is to assist Ministries of Education (MoEs), district offices, curriculum developers, and implementing partners in developing a condensed curriculum for primary school or guiding practitioners to do so. 

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French
Spanish
Arabic
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Building back equal: Girls back to school guide

Published by
Malala Fund
Plan International
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI)

The guide provides targeted inputs to ensure continuity of learning during school closures, and comprehensive, timely and evidence-based plans for reopening schools in a way that is safe, gender-responsive and child-friendly, and meets the needs of the most marginalised girls

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French
Spanish
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance notes on reopening schools in the context of COVID-19 for ministries of education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
World Food Programme (WFP)

These regional guidance notes aim to provide ministries of education and school management in LAC countries with recommendations and technical inputs for the planning, preparation and implementation of safe reopening of schools.

English
Manual/Handbook/Guide

Guidance Notes on reopening schools in the context of COVID-19 for school administrators and principals in Latin America and the Caribbean

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
World Food Programme (WFP)

These guidance notes contain a series of indications to support school administrators/directors in taking the necessary steps before and during the process of reopening schools; likewise, when schools remain open, it must be ensured that children are not at risk of contracting or spreading the virus and that their parents feel confident in sending their children to school.

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Spanish
Report

Emerging lessons from country experiences in managing the process of reopening schools

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
World Bank
World Food Programme (WFP)

As more countries move in that direction, lessons are beginning to emerge on what is working. These emerging lessons are summarized below and highlighting country examples. Sharing these lessons as they develop can help countries strengthen their reopening plans, and ultimately improve the chances of a successful and safer return to in-person learning for all children.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Global Guidance on Reopening Early Childhood Education Settings

Published by
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Office (UNESCO)
World Bank

This guidance note outlines key principles and practical measures for decision-makers to consider before, during and after the transition from closure to reopening. It focuses on safe operations in ECE settings, staff training and support, child well-being and development, and parental communication and support.

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