Post-COVID-19 Education: Will K-12 Schools Look Like the First Wave of Openings? *
May 12, 2020 by Paul W. Bennett
Delayed school start times, medical checkpoints, classes divided in half, desks two meters apart, social distance in the hallways, lunch in classrooms and hand washing every two hours. These are just a few of the changes that will be implemented in the highly competitive first phase of the reopening of Quebec schools after this Covid19 pandemic.
As the prime ministers and public health officials are actively planning to reopen, the upper-level superintendents have huddled together and are now beginning to develop a plan for COVID-19 schools in the age of physical distance. See pictures of Danish primary schools with social distance with classrooms full of students spurred some initial detailed rescheduling. It still shocked many parents and educators See students re-enter school on May 11th all over Quebec outside of Montreal.
Ensuring the safety and health of students and staff is of course a top priority when it comes to deciding when to safely reopen schools. School planners searched for educational systems in search of signposts Denmark, as well as New Zealand and California, everything before the curve when planning the transition to regular classes. Many provinces are pushed back by fearful parents and teachers and are drawn to a slow “Rota approach” Australia and ScotlandAdopt a schedule for one day a week or a changing day.
Schools were resumed for preschool 5th grade students Denmark on April 15th as the first phase of easing strict coronavirus blocking measures in this country. It’s pretty provisional because, as Danish headmistress Tanja Linnet admitted, “we have to make plans here for a terrorist attack – but not for this type of attack.”
According to the new Danish school regulations, which correspond to the hygiene guidelines for public health, the starting times are staggered, the students sit two meters apart, the schoolyards are divided into play areas and the entry / exit routes are shown on school cards. Students wash their hands on arrival and then every two hours. All contact surfaces, including the door handles, are disinfected twice per school day.
New Zealand Minister of Education Chris Hipkins started to Overcome the major logistical challenges as he was preparing to meet his scheduled reopening date on April 29th. That meant switching from level 4 (shutdown) to level 3 (partial opening) of schools and early childhood centers. The schools reopen in “waves”. The teachers were initially allowed to plan the continuation of online learning and the resumption of lessons in the classroom. Distance learning continues to be offered by schools, particularly in communities where broadband connections are better and teachers have easy access to more resources.
Children of essential workers were identified in New Zealand as a priority when returning to school to make it easier for their parents to do their jobs. Starting with the integration of children from parents who are critical to the workforce Voting criticism from clients Whoever said it sent the signal that schools are little more than “babysitting services”. Older students, they claimed, increasingly needed teacher-led tuition to mitigate the effects of closure on “learning loss” and willingness to advance to the next level.
Bringing younger children back to school was a priority for The governor of California, Gavin Newsom in a country where 6.1 million students from K to 12 were enrolled in distance learning for weeks. Eliminating educational inequalities was California’s biggest concern Especially in poor and marginalized communities in the Los Angeles region, where students lack computers, sufficient broadband and suitable conditions for home study.
Schools in Canada’s K-12 provincial systems are likely to look significantly different if they reopen elsewhere in June or September 2020. The operational changes you can expect include: staggered school plans to create smaller cohorts; regular medical examinations with temperature monitoring; Deep cleaning and stricter disinfection measures; Classrooms and movement routines for social distance: combined (combined seat-based and online learning); Takeaway lunch in the classroom: Extended pools for school-based care teachers; limited cocurricular programs for athletics and art; small, gathered special needs / ELL classes; and academic catch-up programs to mitigate significant learning loss. among certain cohorts of students.
The announcement of the resumption of school will again cause fears of a flare-up of COVID-19, which is spread by “vectors” in the local school environment. School openings announced by or in collaboration with health authorities can help address the concerns of such students and parents. We can see a parent game comparable to that “My child won’t be a guinea pig” Facebook Protest that gathered more than 40,000 followers in Denmark.
Seasoned public health watchers, inspired by National Globe and post Health reporter Andre Picardclaim that it is ready in May 2020 for Quebec students to go back to school. Headmasters and teachers must be put aside to ensure that the reopening of the school is ultimately a success. The proper equipping of teachers with protective masks and access to PPE, personal protective equipment, can last until immediate danger of a second wave went over. Reducing group groupings and expanding the pool of substitute teachers at school level should help address teachers’ concerns.
Whether the radical COVID-19 is shifting to e-learning will actually stay is more difficult to judge. Unprepared for the emergency use of e-learning technology, teachers may become angry with the introduction of Ed-Tech and activate their impulses for social justice, focusing on the digital divide in access. Parents and families To deal with sth with the fears, fears and stress of a pandemic are not at their best. When the crisis is finally over, this completely unplanned “experiment” with e-learning can send everyone in K-12 training back to their comfort zones.
* An earlier and abbreviated version of this comment appeared in The globe and the post, April 28, 2020.
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