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Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: 19th May 2020
International school updates by key countries

Our global field researchers have access to the latest news and updates regarding the closure of school buildings due to the COVID-19 situation. This does not necessarily mean that schools are not delivering learning; many schools are providing learning for all or some of their students through online and virtual approaches. While the virus is impacting schools, we will share a weekly update here. 

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Country International school closures Updates from the ISC Research field research team Links of value
 Albania REOPENING Schools in Albania to open for high school students on May 18 with social distancing practices remaining. Disinfection begins as schools reopen
 Argentina CLOSED Education minister speculates over August return for classes, but says students would go to school only two or three times a week, with a "dual system" of face-to-face teaching and online learning. Education minister says schools in Argentina may re-open in August
 Armenia CLOSED Armenia will not reopen schools and universities by the end of the current academic year, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Arayik Harutyunyan informs. Armenia not to reopen schools and universities this year
 Australia PARTIALLY Government advice on whether students should attend schools amid the ongoing coronavirus situation varies widely across Australia, and has sometimes led to confusion and controversy. Schools are reopening, so here's a guide to the situation in each state and territory
 Austria REOPENING Austria, which is loosening its coronavirus lockdown, said on Friday that most pupils will go back to school on May 18, with classes split in two groups that will each attend lessons half the week to ensure their desks are far enough apart. Austria Will Reopen Schools With Split Classes
 Azerbaijan CLOSED Gyms, entertainment centers, all educational institutions and kindergartens are closed. Coronavirus in the Caucasus. New deaths in Azerbaijan and Armenia, outbreak grows against quarantine rollback
 Bahrain CLOSED The outbreak of the virus has impacted Bahrain’s education sector, with all public and private schools closing for two weeks. Bahrain has closed all schools & nurseries amid coronavirus
 Belgium CLOSED Almost 2 months into the pandemic, Belgium starts to ease some of its restrictions. Belgium lifts its lockdown — what is allowed and when
 Brazil CLOSED As part of his drive to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil’s fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro advocated the reopening of military and civic-military secondary schools beginning this week. His intention is that this will lead to the reopening of all schools in Brazil and pave the way for the reopening of business in general. As Bolsonaro pushes to reopen schools, Brazilian state governments escalate attacks on education
 Brunei CLOSED Apart from this, Brunei has allowed six sectors to operate in a limited capacity with the use of the BruHealth app. These sectors are driving schools, gyms and fitness centres, sports facilities, golf courses, restaurants, cafes and food courts and stalls and markets. They will be allowed to operate at 30 percent of their premises' capacity. Friday Prayers? You Need A Reservation In Brunei
 Cambodia CLOSED The Education Ministry announced the closure of all public and private educational institutions across the country, as the Cambodian government ramped up its response to the global pandemic, almost two months after the first reported case in the country. Cambodia Announces  Nationwide School Closures as  COVID Response Ramps Up
 Canada PARTIALLY TORONTO -- Elementary school teachers are back in classrooms in Quebec Monday, the first province in Canada to do so, but with young students unable to play together or sit near one another, there are ongoing concerns over how the process will work and how safe it will be for both children and their teachers. When will school resume? What we know, province by province
 Chile CLOSED Many thousands of parents, students, educators, and childcare workers have opposed the Chilean government’s push for face-to-face teaching during an expected peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers, parents and students defy order to reopen schools in Chile
 China Reopening  Pupils returning to school in China now sit in smaller classes, have shorter lessons and must avoid public transport. Coronavirus: Schools in China begin to reopen
 Egypt CLOSED The new amendments allow the president to to take measures to contain the virus, such as suspending classes at schools and universities and quarantining those returning from abroad. But they also include expanded powers to ban public and private meetings, protests, celebrations and other forms of assembly. Egypt's President Sisi expands powers, citing coronavirus outbreak
 France PARTIALLY PARIS — Just one week after a third of French schoolchildren went back to school in an easing of coronavirus lockdowns, a worrying flareup of about 70 COVID-19 cases has been linked to schools.

70 cases of COVID-19 at French schools days after reopening

 Germany REOPENING Parents in the German state of Saxony have won the right to keep their children out of school over coronavirus fears. Nervous German parents win right to keep children home as schools reopen
 Hong Kong REOPENING Some private international schools have reopened a week before government and subsidized schools resume classes in phases. There goes the bell for international schools
 India CLOSED The new guidelines are based on inputs from states that Prime Minister Modi had received during his discussion with Chief Ministers. Lockdown 4.0 guidelines: Nationwide lockdown extended till May 31, with considerable relaxations
 Indonesia CLOSED The Jakarta Education Agency plans to reopen schools in the capital on July 13 to coincide with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, after schools have been required to implement study-from-home policies for several months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jakarta administration plans to reopen schools on July 13
 Iran CLOSED All schools are currently closed. Iran extends school and  university closures and limits travel to fight coronavirus  outbreak 
 Ireland CLOSED All schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Ireland will close tomorrow (Friday 13th March) until the end of the month, the country's leader has said.  Coronavirus: Ireland to close all schools and colleges until  end of March
 Italy CLOSED Starting Monday, shops, restaurants, bars, barbershops, beauty salons, museums, and beachfront operators will all be allowed to reopen as long as they respect rules for social distancing and disinfecting facilities. Italians will also be allowed to move within the region they live in. But schools will remain closed. The current plan is for them to reopen only in September. Italy's schools remain closed even as economy starts to emerge from virus lockdown
 Japan PARTIALLY Japan has lifted a state of emergency imposed due to the coronavirus in 39 out of 47 prefectures, after a sharp fall in new infections. Coronavirus: State of emergency lifted in most of Japan
 Jordan PARTIALLY Jordan’s private schools have been given the go ahead to reopen amid strict coronavirus restrictions including reduced working hours and limited staffing levels, state news agency Petra reported. Jordan opens private schools with restricted working hours
 Kazakhstan  PARTIALLY

Kazakhstan, became third country in Asia after Vietnam and Japan, to lift emergency rules imposed to contain Covid. Economic activities in these countries are critical for economic growth in parts of Asia.

Kazakhstan becomes third country in Asia to lift emergency imposed due to Covid-19
 Kuwait CLOSED Up to 15th March with a further 2 weeks under serious consideration. 2 more weeks of school  closure eyed as coronavirus  cases hit 56 in Kuwait
 Laos REOPENING In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Minister of Education Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune said that her country is gearing up to start opening schools gradually on 18 May for grades that have examinations, before opening the rest of the education institutions a few weeks later. Strict measures are in place including temperature taking, masks and social distancing. Meanwhile, remote learning will continue through platforms, television and radio. Education ministers share plans for the reopening of schools after COVID-19 closures
 Lebanon CLOSED Lebanon’s schools and universities will reopen for classes from May 28 as the country gradually reopens despite the coronavirus pandemic. Classes in Lebanon to resume from May 28
 Luxembourg  CLOSED Schools will be closed until April 3 in Belgium and April 9 in Portugal, while Luxembourg also announces school closures. Belgium, Portugal and Luxembourg announced schools will be closed.
 Madrid CLOSED Spain’s national government and Madrid regional authorities have agreed to shut all schools and universities in the country’s capital beginning Wednesday as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus after the number of cases almost doubled overnight. Spain to shut schools in  Madrid as coronavirus cases double in a day
 Malaysia CLOSED KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — All learning institutions, including private schools, are not allowed to operate throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO), Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri asserted today. Schools not allowed to operate during CMCO, minister insists
 Mexico CLOSED Mexico will close schools nationwide from March 20 to April 20 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.

Coronavirus: Mexico closing  schools for a month to fight  COVID-19 spread

 Moldova CLOSED Moldova has closed all its nurseries, schools, colleges and universities for two weeks from today, state health officials said. Moldova closes all schools
 Mongolia CLOSED The State Emergency Commission (SEC) today convened a meeting and decided to extend closures of all schools, universities and educational institutions until September 1. School closures extended until September 1
 Myanmar CLOSED The Myanmar government is preparing to reopen basic education schools in July and will release exam results before schools reopen, Basic Education Department Director-General U Ko Lay Win told The Irrawaddy. Myanmar to Reopen Schools in July with COVID-19 Challenges
 Netherlands REOPENING Primary students in the Netherlands will likely return to their full schedules for the last few weeks of the school calendar, newspaper Telegraaf reported citing government sources. Students between the ages of 4 and 12 first returned to class on May 11, but at a reduced schedule where only half as many children were in schools at any given time. Primary schools to reopen fully in June; gyms to remain closed: Report
 New     Zealand  OPEN Hundreds of thousands of New Zealand children returned to school today after two months of home education as part of a Covid-19 lockdown. 'Kiss and go': Back to school for New Zealand kids
 Nigeria CLOSED The Federal Ministry of Education is closing all tertiary, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. Coronavirus: Nigerian govt  orders closure of schools  nationwide
 Norway CLOSED Pandemic upends lives of millions as more countries decide to close schools. Coronavirus: EU states take  radical steps to stem spread
 Oman CLOSED MUSCAT, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The Omani government decided on Tuesday that next Thursday will be the last day of the school academic year for public and private schools, the Supreme Committee for Dealing with the COVID-19 announced. Oman decides to end school academic year due to COVID-19
 Pakistan CLOSED Pakistan announced a two-week extension in an ongoing lockdown in the wake of rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the country. Pakistan extends lockdown to stem coronavirus spread


The Department of Education announced that the new school year will open in August as the country continues to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. DepEd: Classes to open on August 24
 Poland CLOSED Poland is closing all schools, universities, cinemas, theaters and museums for two weeks from Thursday to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, government representatives said on Wednesday. Poland Shuts All Schools,  Museums, Cinemas for Two Weeks Due to Coronavirus
 Qatar CLOSED Ooredoo is supporting its global development partner, Doha-based charitable foundation Education Above All (EAA), as it works to ensure continued access to education for children learning from home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. EAA is dedicated to facilitating access to education for all.  Ooredoo backs EAA efforts to provide education amid crisis
 Russia LOCALISED As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 283,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic's spread within its borders. Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 12
 Saudi Arabia CLOSED

Saudi Arabia allowed businesses and markets to reopen today, becoming the latest among several Middle Eastern countries to relax its coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Saudi Arabia eases anti-virus measures
 Singapore CLOSED Students will return to school from June 2 over two phases as part of the easing of the coronavirus circuit breaker measures that are expected to end on June 1. Singapore schools to open in phases from June 2 after Covid-19 circuit breaker: How this will work
 South Korea CLOSED SOUTH KOREA OPENING SCHOOLS: South Korea says it will start allowing students to return to their classrooms next week amid signs that its coronavirus outbreak is waning.  Asia Today: Vietnam schools reopen, New Zealand hits zero
 Spain CLOSED The Ministry of Education and Sports plans to have children back in classrooms a week on Monday.  COVID-19: Spain's Andalucia plans to reopen schools on May 18 for 'face-to-face' teaching despite unions' coronavirus fears
 Switzerland OPEN Thousands of children have returned to class as Switzerland re-opens its compulsory schools after months of coronavirus lockdown. But feelings - and the cantonal approaches - are mixed. Uncertainty reigns as schools re-open amid coronavirus pandemic
 Taiwan NO Taiwanese schools reopened on 25th February after an extended CNY break. Schools reopen with new ways to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks 2
 Thailand CLOSED Minister of Education of Thailand Nathaphon Teepsuwan reported Monday that all schools in Thailand will reopen on July 1, reports RIA Novosti, citing NBT TV. All schools in Thailand to reopen on July 1
 Turkey CLOSED Pandemic upends lives of millions as more countries decide to close schools. Coronavirus: EU states take  radical steps to stem spread
 United Arab   Emirates CLOSED Schools in the UAE are preparing different plans for a post Covid-19 reopening, with many being expectant that schools will be operational in September. Virtual or real learning? UAE schools prepare plans for post Covid-19 reopening
 United   Kingdom CLOSED Schools, colleges and nurseries to begin to prepare to open to more young people from 1 June at the earliest, with protective measures in place. Details on phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries
 United   States of   America CLOSED Even though the United States has become the epicenter of the coronavirus around the world, the President Donald Trump has been pushing governors from the 50 states to slowly start reopening schools and the economy in mid-May. Which US States are reopening after lockdowns?
 Vietnam OPEN With just 288 infections and no deaths, the Southeast Asian nation has seen no community infections for nearly a month, putting it on course to resume activities sooner than most others in the region. Vietnam reopens schools after easing coronavirus curbs