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How countries handle F0 in schools

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec27,2023 #countries #schools
How countries handle F0 in schools 4
How countries handle F0 in schools 4

According to data released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on International Day of Education January 24, at least 135 countries around the world have resumed face-to-face teaching activities,

During the same period last year, 40 countries closed schools due to Covid-19 concerns, but four times fewer countries switched to fully remote learning this year.

`The pandemic is still severely disrupting education, but all countries are now clearly aware of the high cost of continuing to close schools, as UNESCO has demonstrated over the past two years. Campaign

To reduce parents’ concerns about the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak in schools, leading to the transmission of nCoV to students’ family members and spreading to the community, officials in countries around the world apply

Students wear masks in class at an elementary school in Ghent city, Belgium, in December 2021.

In the US, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in case a nCoV infection case is detected that has been to a school or school event, case investigation and contact tracing are the strategies.

The handling process when a school detects a case of nCoV infection given by CDC includes 6 steps.

`If possible, notify your school district administrators or other regulatory agencies. Additionally, notify local health authorities,` the CDC guidance reads.

The next two steps are to instruct the infected case to isolate and immediately identify close contacts, especially those exposed outside of school.

Quarantine and testing recommendations for close contacts are tailored to the person’s vaccination status.

Students, teachers, school staff and visitors are recommended to always wear masks.

The fifth step is to notify the entire school about the appearance of Covid-19 at the school.

Finally, the CDC says schools need to determine the earliest possible return to class time for cases and close contacts, ensuring these students do not attend class in person until the process is complete.

CDC believes that these measures have the potential to slow down the spread of the virus in schools and communities, avoiding the risk of school closures due to large-scale outbreaks of Covid-19.

In Singapore, the Ministry of Education of this country also introduced measures to ensure safety at schools if an infection occurs.

If a student feels unwell and tests positive for nCoV through a rapid test, the Singapore Ministry of Education recommends that parents take their child to the nearest free PCR testing medical facility, the results will be quickly sent back.

In a situation where a case of nCoV infection is detected in the classroom, for preschools, because children do not have a contact tracing application, the school will try to proactively identify close contacts to issue danger warnings.

For other school levels, the Singapore Ministry of Education will conduct contact tracing through the application and directly send risk warnings to students if there is a case of close contact.

In Europe, handling measures when detecting nCoV infection in schools are not the same between countries.

Spain will also declare an outbreak if three nCoV cases are recorded in the classroom, but only test close contacts.

According to France’s pre-Christmas holiday regulations, classes will be closed if at least three students are found to be infected with the virus.

In Germany, regulations vary between regions.

Romania has a fairly strict policy, requiring classes to switch to online learning as soon as a case is detected.

Slovenia also requires an entire class to quarantine for 7-10 days if a case is detected, even if every student is vaccinated.

Closing schools is considered the last solution in pandemic handling policies in European countries.

`According to our research, children learn essentially nothing at home. It is clear that this learning loss has not yet been fully recovered,` said Per Engzell, researcher at the Center

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