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Guidance for Safe and Healthy Journeys to School: During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Author(s): Natalie Draisin (FIA Foundation) and Joanne Vincenten (UNICEF)

As schools reopen, we have a unique opportunity to look not only at measures to help keep students safe on school premises, but also on the journey to school. These measures help to keep students safe during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and help to address other safety issues such as road traffic crashes, the number one killer of young people aged 5-29 years. This guidance is for education authorities and policymakers, school administrators, teachers and staff, parents, caregivers, community members, and students. It complements the UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, World Food Programme and UNHCR global framework for reopening schools and the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) interim guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools. This guidance suggests practical steps to build back better health and safety systems – to address COVID-19 and promote active transport like walking and cycling to improve air quality, physical activity and road safety.

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