If you’re considering reopening schools in the fall, you will need to stay up-to-date with the CDC’s recommendations as well as the guidance of local and state health officials before making a decision. You will also need to ask yourself the following questions, and if you are forced to answer “no” to any of them, you are not ready to reopen.
Are you following the guidelines set by your local government?
If your local government officials have given you the greenlight to reopen school systems, then and only then, will you be able to start the reopening process. Reopening schools without permission from your local officials will result in big penalties, danger to public health, and maybe even jail time.
Have you implemented specific safety measures to protect high risk students and employees?
These measures should include: supplying students and employees with masks, offering symptom screening upon arrival, and regularly sanitizing your school. You should not reopen until you can check off all of these measures.
Promoting healthy behaviors such as frequent handwashing, social distancing, and wearing cloth masks are some of the best ways to protect your school population. You should also speak with your HVAC provider to see about ramping up the ventilation in your facility to avoid COVID-19 particles sitting stagnant in your classrooms.
Have your employees been trained on the new safety protocol?
New protocols should include: how to wear and remove a cloth face mask, what to do if an employee or a child begins to show symptoms, social distancing policies, and more.
Your students and their parents should also be prepared for these changes and know what to expect when heading back to school. If possible, send out an email to your students or their parents detailing the safety measures you plan to implement.
Will you be continuously monitoring the situation?
By checking students and employees for symptoms upon their arrival and encouraging those who are sick to stay home, you will significantly decrease your risk of an outbreak in your school.
Create a game plan for what to do when an employee or student falls ill, and make sure that everyone knows this plan like the back of his/her hand. Keep everyone, including parents and local health and government officials, updated on cases that pop up and what you’re doing to minimize the possibility of an outbreak.
Continue to monitor student and employee absences and offer flexible leave policies. Ensure that your students know what symptoms to look out for and understand the importance of staying home rather than taking an exam when they are sick.
The CDC states that if you have answered “yes” to all of the above questions, it should be safe to open your school. However, if you have yet to order your cloth face masks for the 2020 – 2021 school year, now is the time to do so!
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