Early opening of schools in Uruguay during the COVID-19 pandemic
Overview and lessons learnt
Given that Uruguay is the first country in the region to resume face-to-face classes, it was considered relevant to analyse the process with the aim of drawing lessons for the next stages, as well as setting in motion a reopening of schools in other countries in the region.
The document is organised in three sections. The first is a concise description of the population of Uruguay, the evolution of the pandemic in the country, the education system, connectivity for virtual education and the context of government transition. The second section provides an overview of the resumption of face-to-face education, identifying its stages, actors, planning and implementation, together with the sanitation and technical and pedagogical conditions that have been established. The third offers a preliminary assessment of the process, highlighting lessons learned and challenges.