Then, of course, you’ll need to introduce operational changes in the school.
Since time will be spent taking the temperature of the staff and students dailybefore they are allowed into the classrooms, then you should know by now that this will affect the daily timetable of activities. So reschedule the time table to something doable. There’s no point having a crammed up timetable for daily activities that are never met. This is the time to be realisitic.
Rearrange classrooms to enable social distancing. Since not all the children will be resuming at once, makeuse of all the classrooms in the school for the Primary 6, JSS 3, and SS 3 students. the recommendation is to have deks 6 feet apart from each other.
Should you need to use the school bus, please ensure every child and staff has his/her temperature taken before they are allowed into the bus. Also, ensure the adequate distance between each individual on the bus. As much as possible, let pickups and drop-offs be done by the parents of your students.
The previous point on clasrrom arrangement would mean that more teachers need to be around to handle the classes. So, you would want to use teachers of other classes to get the job done.
Their break times will need to be planned in a manner that you have one class at a time going out, and they file in a line to get back to their classes. Socil distancing has to be observed even at play time.
I recommend that you ask the children to bring their snacks and lunch packs from home.
By now you should know the School Nurses have to be present daily, and shouldthere be a need, the PHE teachers could assist in taking the temperature of the students and other staff. And that means you should have enough infrared thermometers to do this effectively.
You need to be extra careful with social distancing. Caring for the children while not making adequate provision for the staff will be ineffective. Remember they will be in touch with the children daily.
Ensure you have an Isolation Room for children or staff who run a high temperature.
There has to be a lot of sensitization and you’ll need to keep reminding everyone and enforcing the precautions. Make them policies that must be adhered to, and not just written on paper to impress stakeholders.
My professional contacts in the Uk have been very helpful in informing me of how they’re going about it. And we need to be reminded that it seems children are asymptomatic and can have the coronavirus infection without manifesting any symptoms, while they pass it on to others who are vulnerable. So as an administrator, you should be very cautious about social distancing.