Schools have now reopened, safety precautions have been put in place to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is restricted. Teachers play a critical role during this return, as they have to ensure that learning continues after a long time apart with the students. A great responsibility in the hands of the teachers in providing a safe and healthy environment is met and focus on making up lost time.
Transition Back Into The Classroom
For almost half a year, schools have endured drastic disruption, students from across the world were using unfamiliar modes of learning, in trying to mitigate the damage caused by Covid-19. Parents now needed to play an even more significant role in their children’s education, as online/distant learning tactics set the pace. Educators and students alike have been required to find distance learning supplies and create suitable home learning environments to make education possible.
With so many distractions in the comfort of their homes, with the help of the parents, students needed to complete activities and assignments given out by their school teachers remotely. What’s more, parents were also tasked with entertaining children in hopes of supplementing social benefits schools previously provided. Now that the pandemic seems to stagnate to some extent, schools are reopening, and students need to transition back to class with new safety precautions.
Hygiene Amongst Students
With teachers in the forefront of education, the schools need to ensure that students understand the safety measures they need to follow to protect themselves from the virus. Students are nee to be encouraged to continue washing their hands regularly, applying sanitizers at all times. Should any of the students need to cough or sneeze, tissues should be easily accessible, and to be immediately disposed of correctly.
Keeping a Safe Distance
Physical distancing rules need to be established by the school’s administration on classroom ground rules. The schools’ administration is guided by health authorities. During areas and times outside of the classroom, keeping a safe distance still needs to be maintained. Involving the students develop a list of rules that can encourage them to follow them, like physical distance at lunch breaks, desk arrangements, and how they greet each other.
Mask Rules In School
If wearing masking is still regulated, it is the school’s responsibility to ensure that all students are familiar with the schools’ current policies surrounding the topic. However, no child should be denied the opportunity to learn as a result of not wearing a mask; instead, the school should as be equipped with disposable to avoid a disruption in learning. Students should also be taught how to safely dispose of any used masks to prevent having a contaminated face mask around other learners.
Only trained teachers and staff should perform surface disinfection daily; students should not have access to disinfectant products or be assigned disinfection tasks. Surfaces that are touched often and should be the primary focus area, countertops, doorknobs, desks, computer keyboards and taps.
When disinfecting porous surfaces such as carpet, paper, or chalk cannot be adequately disinfected, frequent touching of these surfaces by students should be discouraged. Classrooms that are used by different groups of students at other times of the day should be disinfected in between classes.