Students around the world have returned to classes to attend classes, more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools. The guidelines of the health authorities vary greatly from one state to another. The closure of schools last year due to the pandemic affected about 660 million students, according to the WHO.
The new academic year around the world started with new guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
In some states, temperature controls, hand sanitizers, and masking are mandatory before students enter the classroom. In Israel, students were tested before the start of school.
“All children in our school take the rapid coronavirus test. This test is not mandatory, but it is something we ask parents to cooperate. We are hopeful that we can start the academic year and everyone is healthy and safeSays Uri Perelman, director of a school in Israel.
“We did the coronavirus test at home and it came out negative. I had a problem with the big boy as he was afraid to do the test. It took a while to convince him“, Says Michal Orgaz, who has two children at school.
In Mexico, thousands of schools have opened their doors to more than 30 million students. Health authorities have demanded that the temperature be checked daily for students, wear masks and distribute hand sanitizers.
According to the World Health Organization, the closure of schools last year due to the pandemic affected about 660 million students.
“Children are significantly affected by the pandemic, both in terms of their educational achievements and the lack of socialization. “We are very concerned about the impact that the pandemic has had on the mental health of children.” Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat from the World Health Organization.
In France, the government called for caution as 12 million students returned to school this month.
“The start of the new school season can cause an increase in infections, so we need to be especially careful. We must continue the vaccination campaign because the vaccine remains an important tool we have at hand to overcome the crisisSays Gabriel Attal, spokesman for the French government.
In Indonesia, too, students returned to classes, but many rules have changed. In addition to wearing a mask, speaking in class is not allowed, and teachers should also be vaccinated.
Indian authorities have given the green light to partially reopen some schools, certainly under strong measures of physical distancing.
Some experts say that the risks of the virus to children remain low and that it is necessary for children to return to school, especially for those families with poor economic conditions, whose children face many challenges due to online classes. .