Schools around the world have started reopening as countries have started lifting their lockdown rules and bans after some of them reached the highest cases of coronavirus infections, and cases later reduced.
Its been more than two months since schools closed down in more than 190 countries, that have affected over 1.57 billion children and youths- 90% of the world’s student population, according to UNESCO.
Closures happened so fast from place to place as a measure to contain the COVID-19 virus.
Debates have started as experts have warned against the dangers of sending children back to school before a vaccine is formulated for the virus.
But some government authorities believe that some preventive measures like social distancing can be adopted as a safeguarding tool which can keep students safe from the virus if schools are eventually reopened.
As of Mid-May, Close to 100 countries who have not announced a date for the reopening of schools, 65 have declared plans for partial or full reopening, while 32 will end the academic year online. For 890 million students however, the school calendar has not been as undefined as it is.
China, where the virus initially originated from have sent their students back to school after their battle with the corona virus.
Social distancing measures, wearing masks, customized school transport, and marked routes to classrooms are some of the measures that were adopted by the Chinese government as they returned back to school.
Some schools are even making students pass through thermal imaging cameras that will check the temperature status of the body
For the sake of the success that Taiwan has recorded in the fight with the corona virus disease, the resolution to reopen schools has been implemented, since February as they also applies all the social distancing rules which china also adopted.
The country recorded a total of 439 cases and 6 deaths.
The country eased their corona virus lockdown in mid-April as they reopened schools and day care centers, although concerns have been on ground based on the fact that these actions taken by the government could cause a second wave of the virus, and this has made some parents feel skeptical about sending their children back to school.
Teaching staff are under the instruction to keep social distancing between the students, some teachers are even teaching their students outside classrooms and they are even writing with chalk on the playground instead of blackboard.
They even made students wash their hands every two hours.
Schools in Australia’s biggest state, New South Wales, reopened on Monday but they only allow students attend once a week.
The Second most populous state in Australia, Victoria, will resume face to face teaching from May 27.
The state including the city of Melbourne will allow teenagers in classrooms first, then the younger pupils from June 9.
Germany is reopening their schools in batches as they are easing the lockdown after they have successfully tackled the virus if they were to be compared to other European countries.
Like Countries like china, Germany has implemented social distancing guidelines within schools.
The relaxed approach of Sweden to the pandemic has made some people angry.
They didn’t follow the World Health Organization’s advice to close down the country.
Little swedes are still in school, and it’s been said that there is evidence that little children are not the major sources of the transmission of the virus.
Primary schools reopened on April 27th, while Nursery schools reopend the week before on April 20th
Only 15 people are authorized to be in a class, they encouraged regular hand and desk washing.
WHAT ABOUT NIGERIA?
In Nigeria, all schools will remain closed until further evaluation is given by the government. This is what the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) said on Thursday 21 May, 2020