Thousands of families have been on the brink of anxiety this fall as schools are reopening. Although daily national rates are declining, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the mental and physical well-being of children and adolescents around the nation. State governments are doing as much as possible to assist school facilities with day-to-day operations as staff and parents try to ensure a smooth transition that keeps everyone safe.
Plan for Hybrid Learning
Several school districts had formulated a hybrid learning plan as they were preparing to reopen schools in the fall. According to the model, half of the students learn from home and the other half learn in-person. Virtual classes are hosted on the district’s website, where students can watch lecture videos and receive homework assignments. Teachers can choose to rotate the type of learning when the school year is halfway over. The goal behind hybrid learning is to reduce physical presence in the classroom, where staff and students often touch the same objects.
Encourage Good Habits
Teachers and other staff must encourage consistent usage of face masks. It’s important to wear a mask, which serves as a protective gear that prevents germs from spreading. Special care should be considered for students who are hard of hearing or suffer from asthma, which can impact their ability to wear a mask safely. Public spaces should be used sparingly and staff should teach and reinforce social distancing guidelines.
Schools should develop a schedule that promotes regular cleaning. In several rooms, under typical circumstances, people are able to sit down on chairs by tables. However, since germs can easily spread this way, this dramatically increases the rate of infection. Products and surfaces should be regularly cleaned by the end of the day. Maintenance staff shouldn’t use cleaning products when children are around, since they easily inhale toxic fumes.
School staff, students and their parents must cope together during this subtly dangerous time. The reinforcement of safety measures helps people stay safe, although changing the way students learn will sometimes be necessary. School districts must implement these safety tips to prevent further outbreaks.