Coronavirus COVID-19 update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: 13th July 2020
Countries where international schools are re-opening

Our global field researchers have access to the latest news and updates regarding the re-opening of international school buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where campuses remain closed due to the pandemic, all international schools are delivering learning; mostly online or distance learning. While the virus is impacting schools, we will share a weekly update here. 

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Country International school re-opening 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
 Armenia PARTIALLY Kindergartens in Yerevan reopened today after two months of lockdown. All pre-school institutions have committed to  abide by rules set by the Commandant’s Office. Kindergartens in Yerevan reopen after a two-month lockdown
 Australia PARTIALLY SYDNEY   - Schools in Australia’s most populous state have reopened Monday after weeks of a COVID-19 lockdown.  Students in New South Wales, along with those in Queensland, have headed back to class in one of the most significant easing of coronavirus restrictions.   Children Return to Australian Schools After Weeks of Lockdowns 
 Austria OPEN 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
 Belgium PARTIALLY All schools in Belgium will resume on-site teaching from the start of the new academic year in September, the three education ministers said on Wednesday. Lockdown: Belgium sends all students back to school from September

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei will restart in-school learning on June 2 for students who are sitting for public exams, the education minister announced in a press conference on Thursday. Students in Year 6, 8, 10 Express, 11, 12 and 13 will be the first group to return to schools in the first phase of reopening, while other pupils will continue with online lessons, YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Hamzah Hj Sulaiman said.

Brunei to partially reopen schools on June 2 as coronavirus concerns ease
 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
 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
 France PARTIALLY When reporting the new cases, French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said it was likely that those who with Covid-19 had been infected before schools reopened. He said the 70 cases were across 40,000 schools that had opened since 11 May. 

50 French schools have closed due to coronavirus cases, but it is likely these infections happened before schools reopened

 Germany OPEN After the coronavirus interrupted schooling for more than 1.5 billion children worldwide, some of them are heading back to the classroom — and offering lessons for American students and educators. Germany, Vietnam, and New Zealand have reopened schools. Here’s what the US can learn.
 Hong Kong PARTIALLY HONG KONG: Hong Kong public high school students began attending classes on Wednesday, part of a phased reopening after the financial hub successfully tackled its coronavirus outbreak. Students attend classes again in HK as high schools reopen
 Japan PARTIALLY Many schools in Japan reopened Monday after being closed for an extended period due to the coronavirus pandemic, taking steps to reduce the risk of infections. School restarts picking up in Japan amid lingering coronavirus fears
 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
 Laos OPEN Many schools in Laos are unable to comply with measures to avert further outbreaks of the coronavirus due to a lack of necessary preventive equipment, said Ministry of Education and Sports senior official Dr Sisouk Vongvichit. Lao schools struggle with Covid-19 rules
 Lebanon PARTIALLY NNA - Minister of Education, Tarek Al-Majzoub, said in a press conference that the academic year will resume in schools across Lebanon from May 28, 2020 to the end of July, 2020, after which students will take a two-month summer break for the new academic year to begin in October, 2020.  Minister of Education: Teaching will resume in schools on May 28
 Luxembourg OPEN Luxembourg plans further phases of lockdown exit, with schools open from May 4 for final year pupils due to take exams, for all secondary school students a week later and primary school pupils from May 25. Classes will then be divided in two, each half alternating between a week in school and a week at home studying. Luxembourg enforces use of masks as lockdown eases
 Malaysia PARTIALLY The Education Ministry has given school managements the flexibility to modify the school opening procedures as long as they are in accordance with its guidelines. Covid-19: Malaysian schools given flexibility to modify reopening procedures within guidelines
 Mexico PARTIALLY From June 1 the students of the National Educational System, at all levels, will return to their activities in the classroom; The school year will end on July 17.

Bulletin No. 100 Distance educational activities do not replace the work of teachers: Moctezuma Barragán

 Netherlands OPEN On Monday 8 June, we had our school back, with all of our pupils. Full classes of between 28 and 32 children wandered into their normal classrooms, waved off by smiling parents and greeted by happy teachers. All Dutch primary pupils are back in school: here’s how
 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 PARTIALLY The Federal Government has just announced that schools under its control will not be reopening for the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams.  Update: FG suspends reopening of schools, students won’t write 2020 WAEC exams
 Norway OPEN The Norwegian government has announced an end next week to coronavirus social distancing measures in schools as the country also relaxes restrictions on bars and other establishments that do not serve food. Coronavirus: Norway’s schools to reopen fully next week as lockdown measures eased
 Russia LOCALISED Moscow will launch the third stage of lifting restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus on June 23. Restaurants, gyms and pre-schools will resume operation, while city infrastructure for sports and leisure will also reopen, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Moscow to ease more coronavirus restrictions on June 23
 Singapore OPEN SINGAPORE - 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
 Spain PARTIALLY SPAIN’S Ministry of Education has today released new guidelines for schools which are set to reopen in September. Spanish Government Issues Guidelines for Schools Reopening in September
 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
 Thailand OPEN BANGKOK -- Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlors that had been shut since mid-March. Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools
 United   Kingdom PARTIALLY On 1 June, primary schools reopened for pupils in reception, years 1 and 6, and early years or nursery programmes, as part of the Government’s easing of the coronavirus lockdown. When are secondary schools reopening? How UK schools will open, and what happened to A-level and GCSE exams
 United   States of   America PARTIALLY Most US states are preparing to slowly reopen by the end of this week but others are deciding to extend their stay-at-home orders to prevent the virus from spreading. 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


These countries represent those where international schools are predominant.