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Schools, being the safe-haven for education for our students, are threatened by the COVID19 virus. Students are under pressure, and they are been put to risk, especially children with weak health conditions and children under the age group 18. Declining rates of patients who are diagnosed with COVID19 is not a reason to blindly reopen schools, since this virus has been shock-stricken to many communities at least expected moments. It is spontaneous. It is uncertain. We can’t limit viral infections to COVID19 since viral pandemics have been recorded in historical scriptures, history books, and experienced by our older generation. Such as the Flu Pandemic in 1968 and 1918, The Black Death in 1346, the Antonine Plague 165 AD, and many more which resulted in the death of millions of people. 

But we can’t take the privilege out of students to get a quality education. So, closing down schools is not in the picture too. So how are we going to let our children get a quality education while being safe from viral infections? There are two ways:

  1. Reopening old fashioned school systems 
  2. Upgrading school with online technologies

Re-opening Conventional Schools?

Opening physical classes for students to get their education is mandatory. But they can use blended pedagogies that allow both online and offline classrooms for better performances. These are the measures that need to be taken by schools to make sure the students will not get contaminated and learns in a comfortable space: 

  • Provide services in school for students to access to nutrition and welfare, such as:

    • healthy canteen services, 
    • actively responsive hospital units, 
    • psychological counsellors to support if there are shocked by the recent changes
  • Provide a well-informed academic team that can assist children by educating them about authentic information on how to keep themselves safe and others safe by doing so.

  • Clear the students’ head by assuring the school’s safety, you can tell them:

    • How allowing parents to work supports the community.
    • How learning at school can be safe and entertaining.
    • How school can carry out all activities while maintaining social distancing
  • Keeping a close eye on the students’ health and carrying out systematically planned check-ups and tests to ensure the child’s healthiness.

  • Adapting objectives and learning outcomes by using methods that don’t require students to have physical contact. Also, they should focus on maintaining in-class hygiene practices that must be practised by the students. 

    • Social distancing in class
    • Table arrangements in the class must be changed with gaps
    • Using face masks in the class
    • Washing hands regularly 
    • Daily Classroom cleaning
  • Revising health standards and behavioural patterns of the students in school and help children get used to obvious changes 

  • Analyse school dropouts that left school during the restrictions, this would help the school in understanding how they should think innovatively to give the notion of safety and encourage students to join them. 

  • Ventilation of classrooms must be increased to enhance the total airflow in classrooms. This way the airborne diseases wouldn’t have a chance to spread among students. If systems are used to air condition, heating up, or ventilating classrooms, they should be scheduled for regular inspection, cleaning, and filtering. Run the all such systems at maximum to disperse the indoor air out through vents, this must happen two hours before the school is opened and for two hours after the school closes down.  

  • Students and their parents must be allowed to speak anytime so that children wouldn’t feel lost without their parents by their sides. The attachments that lockdowns have spurred between children and parents will have an effect when students are back to school. 

  • ‘Stay home if you are feeling ill’ concepts must be circulating in the school so that students who feel unwell can stay at home, take required and tests rest for a couple of weeks to realise the advent of symptoms

Upgrading schools with smart technologies?

Schools that use online education systems will be virus-free! Students can safely learn at home, under healthy and controlled backgrounds. Parents can make sure the child is safe, and healthy at all times. Teachers would also find it convenient to teach from home. But Online Education will not give the experiences that are exclusively given by conventional methods:

  • Students who are used to conventional methods will feel isolated
  • Students would need a change of environment when learning and so on.

But on the other hand, they will have numerous advantages in self-learning and pace-oriented learning if they decide to get an education via online mediums. 

Blended learning techniques can also be used to mix online and offline learning, but maintaining safety precautions during offline learning is of utmost importance!

Schools that take the safety of the students are entrusted by students, staff, and parents. This risk management is very important for any educational institution in building a mutually beneficial rapport between the school and its stakeholders. Therefore, make sure that your institution has a strong and healthy code of conduct to safeguard your school during an unpredicted turn out of events that could put your goals at stake.  Contact the Tigernix team to inquire more about educational software that has amazing adaptable features.