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Coalition offers schools reopening advice

Humanitarian organizations offered guidelines to help 1.5 billion students who face "an unprecedented risk" if the pandemic keeps schools closed for long.

Humanitarian organizations offered educational guidelines on Thursday meant to help 1.5 billion students worldwide who face "an unprecedented risk" if the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to remain closed much longer.

The guidelines balance teaching needs with public health concerns. They focus on three phases — before, during and after reopening of schools — and suggest "six key dimensions" for local and national authorities to bear in mind once they identify which schools can reopen: policy, financing, safe operations, learning, reaching the most marginalized, and well-being or protection.

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