We saw three different educational formats for students last year: remote, hybrid, and in-person. Heading into the 2021-2022 school year, you may be wondering what school will look like for students across the country. As of April 2021, most U.S. children in K-8 were offered the chance to attend in-person classes either as a full-time or hybrid option. This fall, the U.S. Department of Education remains committed to reopening all schools with full-time, in-person instruction. However, with the lack of vaccines for kids under 12 making COVID-19 safety precautions necessary, sending kids back to school this fall for in-person classes can be a little nerve-racking for parents and students alike. Here are 3 actionable steps for a safe—and less stressful—school year.
Open Communication with Families
Navigating parents through health and safety strategies related to COVID-19 and how they impact daily school routines is essential for a smooth transition back to school. Providing a resource page with vital information, including COVID-19 updates, FAQs, and public health resources, is just the beginning. The Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wisconsin, went above and beyond by creating a video that shows families what a day in the life of a student will look like under COVID-19 mitigation practices.
Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces
You know the drill:
- Wipe down high-traffic surfaces throughout the day
- Keep tissue and hand sanitizer handy
- Disinfect shared electronics after each use
- Clean 1:1 laptops at the start and end of school (and have students clean them when they get home)
Here’s a refresher on the dos and don’ts of cleaning devices that you can share with students. You can also speed up the chore of cleaning and charging multiple devices with a duo charging and sanitation cabinet like these from Cetrix.
Social distancing shouldn’t put an end to student collaboration—use tech that can aid group work. Video conferencing allows collaboration among students in the same classroom and with students and other cohorts down the hall. Just make sure to provide high-quality headphones with a mic, like these top-selling options from Avid.
We’d love to hear from you! What are your plans to keep kids safe in school?