An evidence and practice-based reopening of schools 

Since this pandemic is unique so as the extend of closure, there is a crucial need for sharing information about the local and national strategies in different contexts. That’s why the UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Health and Education have launched a knowledge sharing process on school reopening. 

The second survey on the safe reopening of schools is now closed and results are being analysed. The aim of the survey is to gather the experiences and opinions of education and health professionals about the processes in place in their countries and territories to reopen schools safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to keep them open.

More information on the survey

The preliminary results from the first survey on school reopening are available here: preview survey school reopening. The results are also published in the article “Co-operation and consistency: a global survey of professionals involved in reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic“.





  • COVID-19! How Can I Protect Myself and Others?
    This guide aims to help young people understand the science and social science of COVID-19 as well as help them take actions to keep themselves, their families and communities safe. The guide was developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with WHO and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and is available in 15 languages.
  • Ensuring educational continuity during school closures
    Ensuring educational continuity in a situation of confinement is not an easy task, both for teachers and families. In order to support teachers but also families during this period, when children learn differently, resources developed in 2019 are made available in French on the website Réussir, Etre bien, Etre ensemble.
  • Framework for reopening schools 
    UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank and the World Food Programme have developed a Framework which aims to inform the decision-making process regarding school reopening, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of overall public health and education planning processes. It is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to each context and updated as the situation changes. The guidelines outline six key priorities to assess the readiness of those schools and inform planning.
  • Infographic: The COVID-19 pandemic and health inequalities: we are not all in it together
    Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19 is experienced unequally, with higher rates of infection and mortality among the most disadvantaged communities: it is not a socially neutral disease.
  • Knowledge Map: WASH in Schools and Coronavirus 
    The WASH in Schools Network (UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children, WATERAID; Emory, LSHTM, among others) has compiled a knowledge map with links to relevant materials about COVID-19 for learners, their families and the education system. The map is intended for the time when schools are closed and in preparation for re-opening of schools.
  • Schools Decision Tool. Public Health Considerations for Reopening Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    The purpose of this tool, published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to assist administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.