Key messages for safe school operations in countries with outbreaks of Ebola
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Key messages for safe school operations in countries with outbreaks of Ebola

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      Safe school operations in countries with outbreaks of Ebola
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      The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) developed this document about safe school operations to help West African ministries of health and education reopen schools closed because of the Ebola outbreak. Reopening schools involves many challenges, but will benefit children, their families and communities, and the entire country. It also offers students an opportunity to help fight the outbreak by joining school efforts and sharing what they learn about staying safe with their friends and family. The document includes: • Principles for safely reopening schools • Key messages for community members about what they need to know and do to keep schools safe and the children attending school healthy The following basic principles can help keep students, teachers, and staff safe at school and help stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Recommendations for healthy schools are based on a few main principles: • Sick students, teachers, and staff should not come to school • Schools should encourage frequent hand washing and daily disinfection and cleaning of school surfaces • Schools should discourage physical contact • Schools should follow national and local Ebola and safe school environment guidance, including separating sick people and telling local health officials if someone appears to be sick with Ebola
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