Other countries have already opened schools. What can we learn from them as it relates to best practices?
The most important lessons we can learn from other countries include the importance of having effective plans for reopening when COVID-19 cases are low and of making sure schools implement safety and infection control procedures. These include physical distancing of students, good hand hygiene, screening with symptom and fever checks and cleaning of rooms and objects children handle. Those countries that have been successful at opening schools were effective in driving down the virus in their communities through suppression and mitigation measures, testing, contact tracing and quarantining/isolation.