Policy Review: Evidence and Considerations for School Reopenings

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This guidance has been updated and expanded upon in October 2020 to provide the latest evidence and continued support to local jurisdictions and school administers as they negotiate the dynamic challenges of this pandemic. Find our updated policy review for in-person schooling here, and an executive summary, which outlines key informational priorities discussed in this updated review, here.

With schools in the U.S. considering strategies to safely reopen following their closure for the COVID-19 pandemic, our experts, alongside colleagues within Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Division of Infectious Diseases, prepared a policy review compiling emerging evidence and considerations for local jurisdictions and school administrators. 

The document is intended to guide safety protocols, highlight where there is limited research, and feature the experiences of school districts and universities across the world. To inform this policy review, PolicyLab has been tracking academic literature, scientific pre-prints, global school reopening policies, and guidance from public health and education institutions related to schools, occupational safety, and child health more broadly in the context of COVID-19. As additional evidence becomes available, the team will update this guidance. Please reach out to Meredith Matone (MatoneM@email.chop.edu) or Deanna Marshall (MarshallDB@email.chop.edu) with any questions.

Click here for a July 20 opinion piece in The Notebook published by the authors of this review, and click here for more on PolicyLab's COVID-19 response. 

Authors:

Rubin D, Matone M, Marshall D, Gerber J, Coffin S