Explore the impact that different mitigation strategies can have on Omicron outbreaks in secondary schools
The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures across the globe and affected over 1.5 billion students.1 Schools have returned to in-person learning even as variants of concern, such as Omicron, have become dominant across the world. As a result, there is an urgent need to evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation strategies — such as proactive testing,COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters — that can be used to reduce the risk of outbreaks in primary schools and allow them to remain open for in-person learning.
The purpose of this model is to provide a simulation tool that, when used in concert along with other credible sources of information and data, can aid policymakers and administrators in their decisions around school COVID policies.
- 1.3 billion learners are still affected by school or university closures, as educational institutions start reopening around the world, says UNESCO. Published April 29, 2020. Accessed November 9, 2020. https://en.unesco.org/news/13-billion-learners-are-still-affected-school-university-closures-educational-institutions