Reopening Schools Safely: Insights, successes, and lessons learned

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Reopening Schools Safely: Insights, successes, and lessons learned (12 May 2020)
A conversation with the heads from several international schools who have begun the process of reopening their schools for in-person classes.

View the June 2020 follow-up conversation with the Frankfurt International school, The new normal: Updates from a reopened school.


Paul Fochtman, Head of School, Frankfurt International School, Oberursel, Germany [School status: Reopened May 4, 2020]

Shirley Jacobsen, Head of Rygaards International Primary School, Copenhagen/Hellerup, Denmark [School status: Reopened April 15, 2020]
What is it like in Denmark's reopened schools? (, 23 April 2020)
Life in Danish primary schools 4 weeks after reopening (, 13 May 2020)

Kevin Skeoch, Head of School, Dwight School Seoul, Korea [School status: Reopening in mid-May]
Education during the days of COVID-19 (The Korea Herald, 19 May 2020)

Andrew Cross, Head of School, International School of Hamburg, Germany [School status: Reopened May 4, 2020]


Coronavirus: 8 ways to handle parent communications (Grainne Hallahan,, March 24, 2020)

International School Recovery Forum for Covid-19

Shanghai American School Re-opening Plan

5 actions boarding school leaders should consider when navigating COVID-19 (Margaret Sullivan,, March 13, 2020)

Coronavirus: 5 staff wellbeing tips for closed schools (Ben Keeling,, March 12, 2020)
Hong Kong-based principal Ben Keeling explains how to make sure that anxiety doesn’t spread during Coronavirus-related school closures

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (Elena Aguilar, 2018)

Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education (Thich Nhat Hanh, Katherine Weare; 2017)

The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A Four-Step Plan for Resilient Living (2015)

Articles of interest:

How schools around the world are re-opening and maintaining social distancing at the same time (Sanjana Varghese,, April 27, 2020)

Denmark's return to school gives glimpse of what classrooms will look like post-lockdown (Susanne Gargiulo,, April 17, 2020)

Reopening schools will be pricey and complicated, L.A. schools chief warns (Howard Blume, Los Angeles, May 11, 2020)