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Policy Paper | Weighing up the Risk: School Closure and Reopening Under COVID-19-When, Why, and What Impacts?

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Policy Paper | Weighing up the Risk: School Closure and Reopening Under COVID-19-When, Why, and What Impacts?

Date of publication: 
13 Jul 2020

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Publisher: 
INEE and the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
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In Weighing up the risks: School closure and reopening under COVID-19 — When, Why, and What Impacts?, the Alliance and INEE have developed a balanced analysis to inform decisions based on holistic child-wellbeing as to when and why to re-open schools. This paper is meant to help decision makers frame a holistic analysis of school closure on the wellbeing of children and young people, and to consider the safe reopening of schools.

We also call on advocacy teams, cluster coordinators, and agencies that have staff seconded into government ministries, to work with the national governments to support this analysis to be undertaken from a child-centred perspective. The INEE and the Alliance call on policymakers to: 1, consider the impacts of school closures on the education and protection outcomes of children and youth; 2, balance these impacts with a considered review of the health impacts; and 3, make informed, child-centered decisions on when and why to reopen schools.

The INEE and the Alliance have aslo created a corresponding Policy Paper Summary and Powerpoint to support educators and child protection practitioners in responding to the closure and re-opening of schools during the COVID-19. To find these additional resources, click here.

Emergency Type: 
Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Audience: 
Policy makers
Donors
Language(s) of materials: 
English
French
Spanish
Arabic
Portuguese

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