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Most governments around the world have temporarily closed schools in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. As they start to plan for reopening, we have compiled a series of short and accessible briefs that provide the best available rigorous evidence on five critical dimensions of school reopening and recovery:
Engaging communities in reopening plans
Targeting resources to where they are most needed
Getting children back to school
Making school environments safe
Recovering learning loss and building back better
Where the rigorous evidence is thin, we highlight this and emphasize the importance of generating knowledge during this pandemic to inform policy adaptations now and in future crises. Each brief is complemented by an in-depth technical appendix with details on the evidence supporting key findings and recommendations.
We will be keeping our eye on the evidence as it emerges, and, in the months ahead, we will release additional analysis on the latest evidence on promising practices and preparing for future emergencies.
How did children learn while schools were closed during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this paper we evaluate the effectiveness of live tutoring calls from teachers, using a randomized controlled trial with 4,399 primary school students in Sierra Leone.