Here’s how countries are getting children back to school

TOPSHOT - Jana(11) does her homework at her home during the lockdown of schools caused by the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 in Bratislava on March 27, 2020. - The newly-appointed government of new PM Igor Matovic came up with a new set of precautionary measures against the spread of the new coronavirus as obligatory face masks, specific shopping hours for elders and continuation of lockdown of schools. Slovakia has 269 positively tested cases of Covid 19. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP) (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images)
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Education is being reshaped around the globe in response to the coronavirus and how easily it can spread.

Most schools in the United States are closed for the rest of the academic year and plans for the fall are in flux, with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention making recommendations that include reduced hours, social distancing and extended dismissals.

In other countries, some schools are reopening classrooms. Here is how some of those schools look, which could provide clues for how we think our children will, one day, resume their education.

Staggered returns

In South Korea, students won’t all return at once. Third-year high school students will start back next week so they can make career and college decisions, Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said.

Middle schools, elementary schools and kindergartens will be open by June 1, Yoo said.

New schedules

Students are back in their classroom at the Marie Curie school in Hanoi, but online teaching will also continue.

Most of Vietnam’s 22 million students returned to class Monday, after a monthslong closure, according to state media Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

But online and televised classes will continue with new schedules and reduced in-person teaching, the report said.

In Austria, students will split into two cohorts to attend school every other day to allow for distancing, Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said, according to reports.

Smaller classes

Israel is beginning a phased return over the next few weeks and setting a maximum limit of 17 students in each classroom.

An Israeli teacher welcomes students back to class along with new measures to prevent coronavirus spread.

The Ministry of Education told CNN that attendance was about 60% in the schools that did open earlier this week, possibly a sign that parents were nervous about sending their children back.

Spaced-out desks

Denmark, which was one of the first nations in Europe to close shops, restaurants and schools, has welcomed children back to class.

Desks are placed so students sit at least 2 meters or 6 feet apart.

Lunch in classrooms

Schools in Denmark are also having children eat lunch in their classrooms to avoid students gathering in larger groups.

No older staffers

In Australia, the government has asked older or more vulnerable members of the school community to work from home if possible.

Distancing in hallways

Germany is requiring social distancing for students in and out of classrooms, with some schools taping distance and direction markers on floors to keep people safely apart.

Signposting on stairs and in hallways help students in Ettlingen, Germany, keep their distance.

Really wide hats

An elementary school in Hangzhou, China, helped children to keep their distance by making hats for them to wear in the classroom, the People’s Daily reported.

Masks … everywhere

A hand sanitizer and a mask sit on a student's desk at an elementary school in Pardes Hanna-Karkur in central Israel.

Wherever children and teachers have been welcomed back to school, masks seem to be a near constant.

CNN’s Isaac Yee in Hong Kong, Amir Tal and Andrew Carey in Jerusalem, Yoonjung Seo in Seoul, and Chandler Thornton in Atlanta contributed to this story.

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