Heads of UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO update safety guidance for schools during COVID-19 pandemic

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), will present recommendations to ensure the continuity of education safely during the COVID-19 pandemic in an online press conference today at 6pm Central European Time.

The recommendations on managing educational establishments for children up to the age of 18 are detailed in the joint publication, Considerations for school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19. They were developed with input from the Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Educational Institutions and COVID-19, established by the three UN organizations in June 2020.

Recognizing the importance of schools, the experts reviewed the latest available evidence to develop interim guidance, taking into consideration equity, resource implications and feasibility.

The guidance provides information on ways to implement a risk-based approach according to the level and intensity of the transmission of COVID-19, with age-appropriate considerations for physical distancing and masks in schools to mitigate the spread of the disease.

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