If it were a typical October, students across the country would be knee-dip into the school curriculum. However, there’s nothing typical about 2020. Covid-19 has caused a complete paradigm shift of the world as we know it, and now instead of discussing closing, academic heads across the country are currently grappling with school reopening. In that light, how can educators facilitate the safety of everyone involved? By utilizing the list of school reopening tips below.
Protect the Vulnerable
Although we are all at risk, individuals with underlying problems and older people are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 than everyone else. To that end, educators should protect them from Covid-19 by organizing zoom classes and other remote and hybrid learning programs that will enable students with underlying health problems to participate remotely. Academic heads should collect insights on their juniors’ health status (teachers and school staff) to ensure only the healthy employees come to the workplace. They should also urge parents of young students to submit their health records.
Reduce Spreading Risks Wherever Possible
The most efficient Covid-19 prevention strategy is social distancing. With that said, educators should take it upon themselves to reduce spreading risks wherever possible. For instance, they should limit the school bus capacity to 50% and urge parents to drop or walk their kids to school. This is important because the school bus is a closed space, with poor ventilation, and of course, kids are usually in it for quite some time.
Beyond the school bus, they should also promote social distancing by canceling in-school practices that promote crowds. For instance, they should cancel large-in person assemblies, and instead of cafeterias, students should be urged to have their lunch in classrooms and open spaces. Classrooms and libraries should also be spaced out. While at it, the school management should try to create more entry and exit pathways to reduce the number of students on a given entry or exit during breaks.
Regular Testing for Educators and School Staff
Covid-19 has an incubation period of about 14 days. This means one’s test might turn out negative today but show positive results 14 days from now. That makes continuous testing highly essential because even when taking all necessary measures, one may never know when they’re accidentally exposed.
Academic heads should commit to ensuring every staff member is continuously tested by connecting them to test providers. Only this way can they be sure each staff member is taking their Covid-19 results as they should and is not a safety and health hazard to students, their parents, or anyone else they might come into contact with during school hours.
Educators should divide students into smaller groups that stick together throughout the day. This not only reduces the risk of infection but also makes contact tracing a walk in the park, should any Covid-19 cases arise.
Keep Everyone Informed
Another secret to combating Covid-19 is staying in the know. Again, the school administration should take the lead by deploying tools that will enable every educator, staff member, or school supplier is well-informed about any new Covid-19 measures that the school or the CDC might have implemented.
Let’s Stop the Spread Today
By now, we can all agree Covid-19 is real. For schools to reopen safely, school administrators, educators, parents, and students must do their part. Checkout our tools, or contact us to learn more about how Safeter can help.