Schools are reopening after the longest summer break of all time. However, the novel coronavirus is still on the loose. In these circumstances, the kids, school authority, and parents need to work collaboratively. Many parents and government officials are of the view that we can’t put the children’s education on hold due to COVID-19. A cautious and prepared re-opening of schools may soon be on the rise.
If you debate that online learning and homeschooling is in full swing, you may need to realize that your school is likely to have limited in-person schooling for your child. A mix of digital and in-person teaching may likely be the case, but students are going back to school within the next few months:
Schools Role in preparing against COVID-19
Schools play the biggest role in this situation. They need to collaborate with the health department to design an effective framework that will protect vulnerable students and staff from contracting the virus.
Before opening schools, education districts need to design new seating plans that allow students to maintain social distancing. COVID-19 is preventable when CDC-recommended tactics are implemented.
Schools need to make sure that all students get tested for the virus. All the students and staff need to test negative before entering the premises. This will reduce the chances of students contracting the virus.
Schools must keep track of COVID-19 updates from official sources. This will help them keep up with new guidelines and meet safety standards.
Administration personnel needs to educate their staff and students about COVID-19 guidelines. Teachers should teach students to wash their hands after every break, and sanitize them as well. In this case, schools must collaborate with their local health department and ask them for information on best disinfecting practices.
Schools need to bring students’ parents on board with precautions. If parents and teachers maintain proper measures at their homes, they can prevent the virus from spreading at schools.
When schools reopen, schooling districts must monitor absenteeism, the curve of the virus in the country, and implement strict rules to maintain social distance between students and staff, and that everyone wears masks. The school must also supply adequate hand soap, sanitizer, and even masks when students or staff don’t have them.
The news that schools are now reopening is signaling a rise in the COVID-19 cases. For this reason, schools need to take special care of COVID-19 guidelines. They need to train students and staff to follow guidelines.