COVID-19 has changed the learning environments of all schools, colleges and universities across the country.
Whilst health and safety has always been a priority for places of education, never before have our classrooms deployed such unfamiliar safety measures to ensure both staff and students remain safe. Here we explore just some of those safety measures being rolled out.
Creating a safe space for staff and students
Whilst educational establishments already have extensive cleaning regimes in place, more frequent cleaning of common areas is paramount. In parallel, like many other social settings, social distancing measures have been implemented in an attempt to minimise contacts. The introduction of staggered start times and class or year group bubbles have been introduced as a way to support this. Staff have also had the challenge of altering classroom layouts and implementing one way systems to best accommodate social distancing during lessons.
Implementation of hygiene measures
Students across primary, secondary and further education are being asked to take responsibility for protecting their own health. Students are caring their own personal hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes for cleaning equipment along with a personal face covering.