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Schools Closed By Ebola Outbreak In Liberia Re-Open

It comes after Guinea opened its schools upon making significant gains against the virus, and after Sierra Leone said it would re-open schools in March.

Last updated on January 16, 2015, at 9:22 a.m. ET

Posted on January 16, 2015, at 9:22 a.m. ET

Students in Liberia on Monday returned to school after a six-month closure due to the Ebola outbreak, officials said.

Students had to have their temperature taken before they entered the classrooms, the AP reported.

Schools in Sierra Leone, one of three African nations hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, will reopen in March, according to the office of President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Government officials met Wednesday "to discuss ways and putting in measures for the reopening of schools within the shortest possible time," according to a statement on Facebook.

Authorities plan to find efforts to combat the disease at both government and private schools, distributing educational materials and training teachers to use thermometers.

“We are planning to make sure our schools are safe and disinfected so that we can get back our children to schools,” Education Minister Minkailu Bah said.

There have been more than 10,000 cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone, with more than 3,000 deaths from the disease.

It follows an announcement last week, that schools in Guinea were to reopen on Monday.

Ebola orphans receive sanitization kits from UNICEF in the village of Meliandou near Gueckedou, Guinea in November 2014.
AP Jerome Delay

Ebola orphans receive sanitization kits from UNICEF in the village of Meliandou near Gueckedou, Guinea in November 2014.

Schools will open Monday in Guinea after they were closed due to the Ebola outbreak, health minister Remy Lemah told the AP.

More than 1,800 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, one of the three most stricken African countries.

Gains have been made against the virus, Lemah said and "the situation has improved."

The AP reported:

In Liberia, the schools are reopening "next month," said the Liberian Embassy's Charges d'Affaires in Ghana, Musu Ruhle.

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Schools will remain closed in Sierra Leone, that country's health minister said.

"We are monitoring the situation and would take a decision after that," said Sierra Leone Health Minister Foday Sawi Lahai.