Unlike most back-to-school seasons, this year involves a lot of uncertainty as childcare and educational facilities must grapple with whether they can safely reopen their doors. To help, we’ve connected without customers to learn what tools they are employing to ensure health and safety and enable themselves to resume operations this Fall.
We’re sharing these tips here as a checklist across five different categories:
First and foremost, you must consider whether you have the capacity to resume operations. To do this, here are some questions you need to answer.
Are recommended health and safety actions in place?
Is ongoing monitoring in place?
Once you’ve determined you have the capacity to reopen, here is a list of steps to establish the necessary plans and procedures required for resuming operations.
We know that students aren’t the most hygienic, and classrooms have the potential to spread germs. Here are the cleaning steps to undertake, which will help you manage this risk.
Outside the classroom, there are still opportunities for people to contract illnesses. This list covers steps you can undertake to reduce the risk of spread in these areas.
Finally, communication is essential, especially in uncertain times. Parents and staff need to be kept informed to both feel supported and stay aware of expectations on them. To achieve this, follow these steps to streamline communication.
Safely reopening starts with considering whether you have the capacity to manage the health and safety challenges at this time. From there, reopening this season will require careful planning and procedural development to institutionalize health and safety protocols. Beyond this, it’s essential to implement regular cleaning schedules in classrooms and policies to promote hygiene in shared spaces. At the core of this work is communication and equipping your students, staff, and families with the information they need to abide by these policies and work with your school to support a safe environment for all.
We know that schools are critical to childhood development, and by implementing these changes and policies, we can collectively work together to make sure schools are safe spaces for all students, especially as they return after an uncertain year.