What Schools Should Do To Be Ready For Reopening In COVID-19 Period
November 25, 2021
The key is to bring children back for some personal interactions with teachers and schools. A hybrid of classroom and online teaching has to be continued, where parents would have full choice of opting the mode of learning and in-person attendance should not be mandatory.
Schools will have to implement measures to sanitize commonly touched surfaces periodically
Every school needs to make structural modifications required for proper ventilation and spacing inside the classrooms. Conducting classes in open but shaded spaces should be considered.
The suitable modification in school transports so as to avoid overcrowding will be needed.
All staff in every school should be prioritized for vaccination.
Teachers should be empowered with the adoption of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and, act as the primary interface between schools and parents, having confidence and evidence to answer queries of parents.
Periodically sensitizing staff, students and parents on Covid-appropriate behaviour should become integral to the process.
Schools need to strengthen the linkage with health services, and preventive check-ups and health promotion talks should become routine. Also, consider engaging a doctor or health expert who could guide the process of opening and also answer queries of parents and teachers.
Once re-opened, classes would be fewer than the earlier routine — classes on alternate days, once in three days or even once a week and there can be multiple shifts with reasonable breaks in between.
Approaches such as a school bio-bubble, in which students of a specific class would not interact with anyone outside it, need to be explored.
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