A student has her hands sanitised in the schoolyard. Reuters
Germany began reopening schools in May, though debate continues as to the role children may play in spreading the virus to vulnerable adults at home as well as to older teachers and school staff.
The study by the University Hospital in Dresden analysed blood samples from almost 1,500 children aged between 14 and 18 and 500 teachers from 13 schools in Dresden and the districts of Bautzen and Goerlitz in May and June.
The largest study conducted in Germany on school children and teachers included testing in schools where there were coronavirus outbreaks.
Of the almost 2,000 samples, only 12 had antibodies, said Reinhard Berner from the University Hospital of Dresden, adding the first results gave no evidence that school children play a role in spreading the virus particularly quickly.
A teacher takes the temperature of arriving students as per coronavirus guidelines. AFP
"Children may even act as a brake on infection," Berner told a news conference, saying infections in schools had not led to an outbreak, while the spread of the virus within households was also less dynamic than previously thought.
Saxony's Education Minister Christian Piwarz said the study showed schools in the state can re-open as normal following the summer vacation at the end of August with some conditions, such as mask-wearing and social distancing where possible.
Berner said the study was representative for the state of Saxony, which has a relatively low rate of infection compared to other parts of Germany.
For other states with low infection rates, the study suggests schools could be re-opened without causing widespread outbreaks of the virus, he said.
A separate study on antibodies against COVID-19 among blood donors showed that antibodies were found in only 1.3 per cent of 12,000 blood samples, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler, said on Monday.
Students of New South Wales (NSW), the most populous state, and the northern state of Queensland began going back to school on a limited basis to lessen the risk of spreading the illness, state leaders said.
"This £1 billion catch-up package will help head teachers to provide extra support to children who have fallen behind while out of school," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Students from the CBSE curriculum schools in the UAE have once again achieved outstanding results in the All India Secondary School (Class X) Examination held in March this year.
As schools struggle to keep pupils engaged during the pandemic, a kindergarten on Indonesia's Java island is getting pupils back in the classroom using makeshift transparent cubicles and also sending teachers on home visits with social distancing barriers.
Indonesia's rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on villages.
All residents are advised to conduct a CIVID-19 PCR test before flying to the UAE.
The SPEA said if parents are reluctant to send kids to the schools in the first phase of reopening, they can choose the distance learning option.
Sharjah Public Library (SPL), an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), will host a series of four expert-led virtual sessions in August on topics that range from human development and self-development to culture and education, moderated by Rama Muhana.