Globally, 70% of countries closed schools within the same 10-day period from 15 March 2020. The closures spread much faster than the virus. More than a billion students have been affected by school closures.
At the onset of the pandemic, Insights for Education started tracking and publishing global and country data around school closures and reopening alongside COVID-19 caseloads trends, in response to direct requests from leaders across governments and society to address the challenges of school closures and reopening decisions across the world.
Insights for Education’s tracking tools and analyses fill the need for up-to-date, practical and impartial information. These resources highlight factors that guide decisions to reopen schools, to keep them open, and policies and measures to accompany safe school reopening decisions and potential reclosures.
See interactive infographic, updated daily, telling the evolving story of the impact of COVID-19 on the world's school systems.
Financial Times, 6 December 2020
The purpose of this work is to provide education leaders and practitioners evidence-led and practical tools and guidance to support them in schools closure and reopening decisions. Rigorous and careful monitoring of experiences from all countries – those who have reopened once or even twice, and those that remain closed – offer a deeply valuable and growing fact base in which to anchor future decisions and help get the most marginalised students back to schools as soon as possible.
In a much politicised debate, this work aims at breaking and correcting assumptions to ensure decisions are informed with evidence.