How Schools Are Adapting Space for Social Distancing – Education gives everyone knowledge, skills, and understanding, and hence this sector is taken very seriously. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools before resumption have to put in place serious and various guidelines to curb the spread of the infectious coronavirus disease. Schools will have to change their structure and arrangement to aid in spacing. Other than spacing, the schools will have to alter the timetable and extend hours of learning to control the movement of the students. This and other regulations should be followed to the letter to come up with a secure learning environment pending the new social distancing guidelines.
The infectious coronavirus, which is now a worldwide pandemic, spreads through movement. Schools have to figure out ways of how to regulate movement internally and externally between students. One way on how schools can regulate the movement of students is by altering the timetable and adjusting it in a way that will suit the most likely way of movement. Another way of controlling the movement is by assigning pathways to different groups of students and making the pathways one-way to reduce and minimize contact between students. Parents’ picking up and dropping off process will also have to change to suit the set guidelines.
Building More Structures
The most advisable way is for schools to build simple and durable temporary structures that will sustain their population. With building experts such as Smart-Space, the school can build structures that fit the COVID-19 guidelines and at the same time structures with excellent teaching and learning space. With this, the school gets to save lots of funds that could be used in erecting permanent building as the COVID-19 pandemic is temporary and only needs short term solutions.
To avoid congestion in classes, the schools will have to increase the learning space and teaching area in each and every class. Schools will have to use extra spaces such as the halls and dining areas for teaching to ease congestion in classes. Schools should make sure that each and every class has at most 15 students. With this, it will pass the guidelines put in place and protect the students from the coronavirus infections. If the spacing is still a challenge, the school can make the decision of using building structures that are rarely used in the local community, and by that, the learning space will be maximized.
Schools will have to use technological methods to increase the teaching space. Since the schools will have to reduce the number of students in a class, considering the relatively small amount of teaching staff present, the school will have to use technological methods of teaching. The school will either be forced to supervise home-based e-learning with students or either erect screens in each and every spaced class and then one tutor assigned to teach the students. Through this, the students will also improve their digital skills, hence helping the students embrace the new digitalized society.
Despite all these ways of helping schools adapt space for social distancing, the school will have to enforce some rules and regulations. For learning to commence, schools need to ensure that students sanitize regularly and also wear the recommended mask. The school will also have to collaborate with the health sector, which will check all students’ temperatures and make sure all students are great health-wise. By doing this, the school will have provided a safe and conducive environment for learning to take place.