Schools reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown need to make sure they are following all the protocols. Here are 7 things they should do for the safety of students, teachers and the staff.
While the Centre allowed the graded reopening of schools from October 15, they have left the specifics to state governments, individual schools and the parental choice as to whether or not they want to send their kids to school amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
In such a scenario, schools are working on multiple approaches while looking into the government’s said rules and regulations regarding the opening of the school in the respective states.
From working on a hybrid class model to thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting of campuses at regular intervals for formal classes, schools are taking the following many precautionary measures to accustom students to classroom learning in a safe and hygienic environment
Here are 7 things schools should do as they reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown:
1. Mandatory campus sanitization: Schools must thoroughly sanitize the school grounds before the students reach the class and on weekends. The sanitization of each work area, every class, laboratory, each corner to guarantee a sterile and hygienic space for all the students, educators, school staff, visitors (if any), and furthermore, to protect their families from any possible danger of the transfer of the virus.
2. Vitamins and minerals consumption: The school authorities will take steps to educate and counsel both parents and students on the benefits of consuming vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, and other supplements, as suggested by the World Health Organisation, every morning to boost immunity, as the students step out of their safe zones.
3. Conducting classrooms in staggered manner: To maintain social distancing, it is mandatory for students to stand/sit at least 2-3 meter away from other students, and to provide such an environment, the schools are strategically working on sorting and creating a more robust time-table that is inclusive of choices of students who would continue to opt for online classes.
4. Thermal scanning (at intervals): All the students, staff, teachers, among others, will go through thermal scanning at the entry and during several intervals of the day to diagnose anyone who is not doing well or may have COVID-19 symptoms and quarantine them instantaneously.
5. Address students: Even though many students will opt to come to school, they may still fear the repercussions of Coronavirus. To help students cope with the feeling of uncertainty, the principal of the school and staff administrator will address the concerns and fears of the students from time to time, and revisit the necessary precautionary measures to make everyone feel safe.
6. Wearing mask and gloves compulsory: The first step to fighting the Coronavirus disease is to stop the transfer of the virus from one infected person to another, and it is possible if everyone who is out in public wears masks and gloves. Wearing masks and gloves will protect the students, staff, and teachers from contracting the disease as and when they communicate in classroom gatherings or on other occasions.
7. Installation of hand sanitizer pump: Even though the schools offer a clean and sanitized environment for students, it is imperative that the administration installs alcohol-based hand sanitizers for the students, and staff, at various intervals of distance.