In August this year, the Foundation “Schools for Health” published a guide that told us how to know if the ventilation rate in the classrooms was adequate for the correct start of the school year given the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The study indicates a method to determine the air renewal capacity of the ventilation systems in schools and whether the flow moved by them was sufficient or not.
Keeping schools closed comes with massive, long-term individual and societal costs. Many children cannot effectively learn, grow, engage, socialize, be active, eat healthy food, or get support until schools reopen. Parents and caregivers cannot go back to work until children go back to school. Knowing that schools will reopen at some point, we set out to answer this question: what strategies should schools consider to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission?