Back to School Guide: Returning in the Midst of COVID-19

This Fall, Your School Might Use a Thermal Detector, Employ New Social Distancing Measures, and More to Ensure Everyone’s Safety

August 28, 2020

As autumn approaches, hundreds of schools around the country are starting to open up again. If your institution is also planning to open its doors to students, there are a number of steps you need to take to ensure everyone’s safety. 

Parents and students will probably have numerous questions about what you will be doing for keeping in-person learning safe. You will need to have a solid re-opening plan to make everyone feel safe and comfortable about returning. The inventor of the thermal detector, FEEVR, offers insights and advice on how you can keep your school safe during the pandemic. 

How Schools Can Stay Safe

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains a high priority for the country

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Children typically learn far better in schools than at home through a computer screen. However, many parents and teachers are also worried about how safe going back to a crowded school can be. This puts everyone in a difficult position. On the one hand, many children may suffer from poor or unstructured virtual learning sessions. On the other hand, parents and teachers must consider the risks that opening schools can bring. 

That’s why it’s crucial for schools to think outside of the box when it comes to keeping students, faculty, and staff safe while also giving them a quality education. 

1. Screen students with a thermal detector

feevr detection at school

Numerous stores and companies are already starting to use thermal detectors to scan people for signs of fevers and diseases like the coronavirus. The Feevr solution by the Detection Experts, for instance, allows users to capture temperature readings of different people from a safe distance. Unlike other temperature detectors that require contact, Feevr does not require close contact between people to score an accurate reading. 

Scanning your students’ temperatures before they enter can help you screen for anyone who could potentially be sick. If you discover anyone with an elevated temperature, you can send them home to stay until they feel better. 

2. Place desks six feet apart

According to CDC guidelines, staying six feet apart from other people is crucial for reducing the chances of spreading the virus. At some schools, students might typically sit closely together at large tables or within small areas. If you are one of these institutions, you need to spread your desks farther apart in order to reduce close contact between students. 

3. Take advantage of outdoor spaces

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Have any gorgeous outdoor spaces you can take your students to? Let them enjoy some fresh air by taking some of their lessons outside. 

Do you have an art lesson scheduled? Bring the kids outside to paint some rocks with vibrant and bright colors. Start a community garden to help complement your kid’s ecology lessons. You can even take them outside for some quiet reading time. 

Whatever activity you plan, make sure the kids can easily spread out at least six feet apart from each other. 

4. Prepare for online learning in the event that cases surge 

In the event that your school is forced to shut down due to a surge in cases, you need to prepare yourself for virtual lessons. Last Spring, hundreds of schools were caught off guard by the sudden shutdowns. As a result, many teachers and students had trouble adjusting to this new learning set-up. 

Make sure systems like Canvas, Zoom, and other learning platforms are up-to-date and ready to go. Come up with interesting lesson plans that will keep your students engaged, such as online show and tell or even virtual scavenger hunts. 

5. Clean and disinfect popular areas

You will need to clean and disinfect high-touch areas such as doorknobs and tables. In order to reduce movement within your hallways, you can have teachers move between classrooms rather than students during break periods. Whenever possible, try to have your students eat outside. On days when the weather is cold and unpleasant, you can let students eat at their desks instead. 

6. Encourage students and teachers to wear masks

To help reduce the chances of spreading the coronavirus, many institutions are requiring students and teachers to wear face masks. Most people are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings, however, the CDC recognizes that there are some instances where that is not possible. For teachers working with students who are hard of hearing or who are learning English as a second language, wearing clear face coverings can keep them protected while also successfully doing their job. 

Tips for Managing Your Student’s Anxiety

Many students are nervous about returning to school, here’s how you can help them

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The back-to-school time traditionally brings an array of emotions to families. Excitement and a little anxiety are typical in most students. However, the coronavirus pandemic has made many parents, students, and teachers feel anxious about returning to school. 

If your students are worried about going back to school, there is a number of things you can do to ease their nerves:

  • Host a town hall meeting for students and parents to learn more about your institution’s procedures for re-opening
  • Offer online one-on-one sessions between students and teachers where they can ask questions about returning to school 
  • Remember to take everyone’s concerns seriously and properly address them so they feel like they are being heard

Companies including GoDaddy, Toyota, and Verizon already rely on the Feevr thermal detector for its accuracy and reliability. To learn more information about using Feevr at your school, contact the team at the Detection Experts today.

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