A year into the pandemic, and confronted with continued resurgence in transmission, over 800 million schoolchildren, more than half the world’s student population, still face substantial disruptions to their education. These range from full school closures in 31 countries to reduced or part time academic schedules in another 48 countries. Some countries, such as Norway and France, chose largely to keep their schools open (only 7 and 10 weeks of school closure, respectively), whereas countries such as Germany and the UK have relied more often on school closure for epidemic control (19 and 21 weeks, respectively).


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Fontanet, A., Grant, R., Greve-isdahl, M. & Sridhar, D. 2021, 'Covid-19: Keeping schools as safe as possible', The BMJ, 372(8282), article no: n524. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n524

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