An Independent Report on Approaches to Distance Learning During COVID19 School Closures
By Armand Doucet, Dr. Deborah Netolicky, Koen Timmers and Francis Jim Tuscano
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is causing various levels of disruptions in education globally. At this current date (March 29th), UNESCO has 165 countries announcing school closures in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease, impacting over 1.5 billion students. The purpose of these school closures is to try to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 through self-isolation, shielding and social distancing.
This document is to inform practice and policy from the people on the educational frontlines of an unfolding pandemic. We need to address not only the current global school closures, but also the possibility of future stoppages over the next 12 to 18 months due to recurring outbreaks and the future of education.