Materials to use in the time of COVID-19

From the start of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic spread the illness COVIC-19 in Europe. The loss of lives is huge and countries, cities, local communities, schools, families and children have been deeply affected by the situation.

SHE has been and still is supporting schools to deal with the situation through inspiration, advice and collaboration between countries. Schools are important in fighting the situation during the pandemic and in helping children, parents and teaching staff to cope in a changed world. Health promoting schools commit to focus on physical, mental, social and environmental health and to ensure learning and well-being, even when schools are closed.

SHE's letter to all schools

Sharing the best practice

Teachers and all staff at schools have been innovative and creative and SHE has been collecting ideas to share amongst our member countries. You can find so many good ideas and advices from creative schools with a huge experience on being health promoting schools.

See case stories


Children's need in the time of COVID-19

Watch a video on how to meet the emotional needs of children in the times of pandemic. This SHE video was presented on Healthy Cities Network Conference on COVID-19 (August 2020)


Collaboration with other organisations

UNESCO Chairs and WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Health & Education together with SHE and the EUPHA Health Promotion section have launched a knowledge sharing process on school reopening. All information from this process can be seen online:


SHE has a seat in WHOs Expert Group on the Resumption of Schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The WASH in Schools Network (UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children, WATERAID; Emory, LSHTM, among others) has compiled a knowledge map with links to relevant materials about COVID-19 for learners, their families and the education system. The map is intended for the time when schools are closed and in preparation for re-opening of schools. The material helps to navigate through the jungle of information about COVID-19, specifically its relevance for the school community and it is from high-quality, reliable sources for the education system, families and for pre-primary, primary and secondary school children.


UNICEF, WHO and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have developed a document to provide clear and actionable guidance for safe operations through the prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19 in schools and other educational facilities. The report is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a tool to assist administrators in making decisions on (re)opening schools in the time of the pandemic.