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Schools in the Netherlands are reopening, and children do not have to maintain social distance

This May article published by Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland reports that when schools reopen in the country, children up to 17 years do not need to maintain social distance at school. This decision comes as the Dutch National Institute for Public Health has discovered that less that 1% of COVID-19 patients in the country and around the world are younger than 20 years. The Institute also found that the risk of secondary transmission from children is very low. Parents and minders must, however, teach children proper cough and hand hygiene to further minimize the risk of transmission of the the coronavirus.
Adults in school, must however, adhere to the social distance rule.

Editor’s Note: This is an important article as some countries which reopened school in April has strict social distancing rules. Netherlands has learned from the experience of these countries and the researches published on the subject.

Meanwhile, parents in the Philippines are still stuck on whether schools should re-open at all. It is an unfortunate reality that our policies relating to the education of our children are not at all based on science, but on fear.

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