Across the world the spread of COVID-19 has led to the temporary closure of schools. Although a necessary measure, concerns about the consequences of these closures persist. These include effects on educational outcomes, exacerbating inequities, gendered impacts, mental health, food insecurity, and heightened student vulnerability. Governments in Africa, such as Namibia and South Africa are grappling with the question of how to reopen schools safely. What guidance and evidence exists on the safe reopening of schools? Read more below on this evidence and how it is being taken up.