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After several months of stopping, schools will have to adapt to the new times. According to a survey by the University of Minnesota, in the United States, the coronavirus should continue to circulate around the world for the next two years. This means that, even if the pandemic recedes in Brazil, the return to face-to-face classes will require the utmost caution so that this environment does not become a focus of disease transmission.
As has been happening in other countries, there will also be a need for several adaptations in the infrastructure of schools to make them safer, in addition to the development of actions with the families of students to provide guidance on the new school reality and care for socioemotional issues that may impact learning.
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What should be done by the school management?
One of the main concerns of Organs educational agencies is a possible increase in school dropout, which is due to the long period of paralysis of the face-to-face classes. Although the education networks are offering remote classes, this will be a major challenge to be faced.
In view of this, the role of school principals becomes even more important in the post-pandemic, and it is necessary to create plans focused on reducing the losses in the students’ learning and that are able to engage them even in difficult times.
According to the guidelines for school principals, written by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the ideal is for schools to accompany and encourage students, which can be done by creating a communication system. to do daily checks on each student.
In addition, the principal is responsible for commanding the adaptations to be made both in the school’s infrastructure and in the posture to be adopted by teachers and employees going forward.
Another important issue is the administration of the rotation of classes and the times of entry and exit of students, since the return of the face-to-face classes will happen gradually and it is necessary to avoid agglomerations in the internal spaces.
How to prepare the community and employees?
It is certain that the school will not be the same environment left by students in March 2020. Now, it will be necessary to comply with a series of rules that are indispensable for maintaining the health and well-being of the entire school community.
Therefore, even before students return to school, it is important to send information to families and employees about the new behaviors required in this space.
In addition, it is recommended to apply a placement assessment to find out how much students have learned during remote classes. From there, teachers will be able to prepare their content reviews as needed by the classes.
How to plan communication with parents?
The pandemic will leave many emotional impacts, which may affect students in the short and long term. Among the problems that can arise are anxiety and lack of concentration.
Taking this into account, schools should have frequent contact with parents and students, in order to understand what are the difficulties they are facing and, therefore, try to help them.
It is important to invest in communication that is transparent, genuine and continuous with all educational agents, which can be done through technological platforms that bring families closer to schools.
It is not enough to know how students and their families are feeling, it is also recommended to offer psychological support so that they can overcome traumas and not let their anxieties interfere with school performance.
How to prepare the school infrastructure and train the team?
Paying attention to aspects related to the school’s infrastructure is crucial so that the return of the face-to-face classes is smoother. Some of the main actions to be carried out are:
- disinfection of schools;
- determination of the use of masks;
- installation of student disinfection tents at the school entrance;
- temperature control;
- reduction of classes through the adoption of casters;
- distribution of a greater number of taps for washing hands;
- availability of gel alcohol in indoor environments;
- removal of employees and teachers who belong to the risk group;
- reorganization of portfolios in the classroom and tables in the living areas to respect social distance.
More than making the necessary adaptations for the safety of students, it is also necessary to provide training for all members of the school’s staff to learn how to deal with the new practices imposed in the current reality.
It is recommended to have employees who can inspect whether the infrastructure will continue to be sufficient to protect students over time and to ensure that all people comply with internal rules, avoiding behaviors that bring risk to the location.
What are other countries doing to return to face-to-face classes?
The pandemic is slowing down in many countries, allowing schools to reopen. Portugal, considered as an example in the fight against covid-19, created extra cleaning measures, investing in the distribution of disinfectants and protective and hygiene equipment.
Also in Europe, France advised schools on which disinfection products are most suitable for these locations, as well as the frequency of hygiene to be followed. Doorknobs, switches and toilets, for example, need to be cleaned several times while the floor can be disinfected once a day.
Asian countries have established the use of tents for disinfection at school entrances, in addition to checking the temperature of students.
In Beijing, the capital of China, smart bracelets are being tested, which measure students’ temperature in real time and parents can check them using a cell phone app. If someone has a temperature above 37ºC, which is one of the symptoms of covid-19, teachers are alerted and instructed to arrange for the student to be withdrawn from school immediately.
On the other hand, in Israel, only children from the 4th grade onwards should wear a mask, which lights up a red alert, as the public that is free from this obligation remains a vector of the virus. Not to mention that there is also a greater challenge in keeping the little ones away – a condition that can trigger the transmission of the virus.
The return to face-to-face classes tends to be a delicate and insecure moment for families. Developing safe planning for this stage is essential so that schools can ease the concerns of parents and make students feel good again in this place.
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