School students gesture a hug as they attend classes as schools reopen after being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi, Jan. 18, 2021. Delhi opened schools for students of grade 10 and 12 after a gap of more than nine months.
Students attend their physics class after the schools were reopened nearly nine months after the spread of the coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India, Jan. 11, 2021.
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Students of Ayany Primary School attend class, Jan. 4, 2021, in Kibera, Kenya, following a nine-month closure ordered by the government in March 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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High school students maintain social distance on the first day of class in Drama, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020.
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Children return to the Simonetta Salacone primary and secondary school in Rome, Sept. 14, 2020, with additional precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Children attend an open-air lesson as they return to the Simonetta Salacone primary and secondary school in Rome, Sept. 14, 2020. As they adhere to strict regulations to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Students run during a break on their first day of school at Harris Primary Academy Shortlands amid the coronavirus pandemic, in London, Sept. 3, 2020.
Children sit in a classroom on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London, Sept. 1, 2020.
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Students wearing protective masks to guard against COVID-19, arrive at Lady Eleanor Holles on their first day of school, in Middlesex, Britain Sept. 3, 2020.
Students sit at a distance as a precaution against COVID-19 as they undergo an aptitude test to gain acceptance into the University of Medicine, in Rome, Sept. 3, 2020. The faculty of medicine, as well as other university studies in Italy, require a preliminary test.
Teacher Maura Silva, who created a "hug kit" using plastic covers, embraces her student Yuri Araujo Silva at Yuri's home, amid the coronavirus outbreak, in the 77 Padre Miguel slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23, 2020.
Gerardo Ixcoy teaches 12-year-old student Paola Ximena Conoz about fractions from his mobile classroom, parked just outside the door to her home in Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala, July 15, 2020. Each day the 27-year-old sets out pedaling among the cornfields of Santa Cruz del Quiche to give individual instruction to his sixth-grade students.
In Hong Kong, schools closed January 2020 and re-opened the end of May. Facing a wave of infections, schools closed a week early on July 10.<BR><BR>Students sit at a playground ahead of Diploma of Secondary Education exams on April 29, 2020. Temperature checks and social distancing measures were put in place for over 50,000 candidates sitting for exams.
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Masks and deep sanitizing procedures were part of the guidelines for schools in Hong Kong. A Temi Personal Robot releases a disinfecting mist around desks in a hall used by students for their exams, at the Salesians of Don Bosco Ng Siu Mui Secondary School in Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, on April 24, 2020.
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Schools across India were closed on March 25, 2020 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown. With the country battling a rising coronavirus infection rate in July, new lockdown measures are being imposed. No date has been set for reopening schools.<BR><BR>Kashmiri Muslim students attend an outdoor class at Eidgah ground in downtown Srinagar, Kashmir, July 1, 2020. At sunrise, while maintaining social distance, local community members teach classes as schools remain closed due to the pandemic.
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Many countries are struggling with the digital divide with poorer students unable to access digital learning during the pandemic because of the lack of digital devices and adequate internet connections.<BR><BR>Satyendra Pal, a college student, conducts an open-air class for students from a slum area, who have no access to internet facilities for online lessons, in New Delhi, India, July 8, 2020, after authorities closed all the schools in March because of the pandemic.
Young girls attend a tele-learning class at their home on the Kalvi TV channel, an education initiative set up by the Department of School Education while schools remain closed in Chennai, July 15, 2020.
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South Korea had early success controlling the spread of COVID-19. The country went ahead with reopening schools in May, beginning with high school seniors, despite a spike in coronavirus case numbers. The Education Ministry reported in June that 519 schools had to go back to learning online.<BR><BR>Seniors maintain social distancing as they arrival at Hamwol High School in Ulsan, South Korea, May 20, 2020.
South Korea reported dozens of new cases as the virus continues to spread beyond the capital reaching cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens were infected the past week.<BR><BR>Army soldiers spray disinfectant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Cheondong elementary school in Daejeon, South Korea, July 2, 2020.
Cheondong Elementary School students, their parents and teachers line up for COVID-19 swab tests in Daejeon, South Korea, July 2, 2020. The mass testing facility was set up after two elementary school students tested positive for COVID-19.
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Vietnam took strong measures early on in January and February against the spread of COVID-19. It has reported just a few hundred COVID-19 cases and no deaths. Schools closed after the Lunar New Year holiday then reopened in May, generally with shorter days.<BR><BR>A primary school student undergoes a temperature check on the first day of class after the government eased a nationwide lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak, in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, May 11, 2020.
Denise Toala (in green shirt), a 16-year-old student, set up an improvised school under a tree for children unable to attend virtual classes in the low-income neighborhood Realidad de Dios, during the coronavirus outbreak in Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 2, 2020.
A pupil of the Sainte-Croix elementary school works as half of her writing desk is marked with a tape to ensure safe distancing, on May 15, 2020, in Hannut, Belgium.
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Schools in France closed on March 16, 2020. A gradual reopening started mid-May. President Emmanuel Macron announced a mandatory full reopening beginning June 22, with social distancing rules relaxed, before summer break began.<BR><BR>Schoolchildren stand on smiley faces to maintain social distancing in the courtyard of a primary school after reopening in Paris, May 14, 2020.
Rebekka Hjorth holds a music lesson outdoors with her class at the Korshoejskolen school, after it reopened following the lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19, in Randers, Denmark, April 15, 2020.
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Students sanitize before entering for the first day back at Lysterfield Primary School on May 26, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia.
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Students wearing face masks stand in line waiting for their turn to wash their hands prior to attending class in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, May 25, 2020, as schools reopened amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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A teacher wearing a face mask gives a lesson at a classroom at Riadh High School, in La Marsa, in the suburbs of Tunis, Tunisia, May 28, 2020.
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Students try out a new face shield to fight the coronavirus pandemic at a school in Cologne, Germany, May 25, 2020.
A staff member guides a student to check her body temperature with a thermal scanner before entering an elementary school in Pingdingshan City, in China's central Henan province, on May 8, 2020.
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Students eat their lunch on desks with plastic partitions as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 at Dajia Elementary School, in Taipei, on April 29, 2020.
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The children of essential workers comply with social distancing rules in the cafeteria of a hub school for Edinburgh city center pupils at Drummond Community High School, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 28, 2020.
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Signs encouraging social distancing and washing hands are seen at Grove Road Primary School, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, are shown May 28, 2020, in Tring, England.