Reopening Schools During COVID-19: Lessons Learned From Around the World
August 18, 2020
Some U.S. schools have already begun the 2020-21 academic year, with thousands more set to launch in the next few weeks. Americans would be well-served to look beyond the country’s borders for signs of how school reopenings might go and lessons they might learn.
In the United States, the volley of conflicting guidance documents and policy recommendations for safe schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult to parse, and tensions are high as the stakes for key decisions have life-and-death implications.
Numerous countries managed to reopen school buildings earlier this year, and the resulting successes and failures are instructive.