embracing the new normal

guidelines for school reopening post covid-19

embracing the new normal

guidelines for school reopening post covid-19

The world has seen multiple financial crisis in its lifetime (eg. 2000 dot-com bubble, 2008 housing bubble), but the current outbreak-driven one is unlike anything seen before. The scale of global impact is unprecedented – confirmed cases in 188 countries worldwide; with more than 1/3rd of the population under partial/full lockdown.

1.5 billion learners worldwide have been impacted by schools and colleges closures caused by COVID-19. The crisis is changing the way learning used to happen across countries. Schools had to pivot to online education in a short period of time.

Global Impact of COVID-19 on Learners

However, even when the immediate threat slows down the community as a whole will not fall back to the way things were before. New normal will be in place to safeguard against possible spread of the virus.

Educational institutes will have to do the ground work from now itself to prepare themselves for the “new normal”.

Imagine the lockdown is lifted and schools are asked to open up. Do you visualize a scene where children are queuing up at the bus stop, running hand in hand, jostling with each other for their favourite bus seat and sharing food? How about the classroom interactions? Children sitting next to each other, sharing stationery, teacher piling up everyone’s exam paper together? Or a football game with the usual big teams running around rubbing shoulders and bumping into each other?

Did you just gasp in shock!

The pandemic has changed our attitudes and behaviour completely which is going to stay for a very long time. Schools will reopen but they will have to relook their operations and every activity with a microscopic lens. Health, hygiene and distancing norms will become the de-facto way of operating.

This will alter the school operations to a great extent and that would need considerable re-assessment of business and operations. The time to plan and act is now!

Pandemic’s impact

NOW
  • Start online classes: To ensure education continuity start online classes for students
  • Invest in technological platforms: Evaluate and invest in technological platforms for school operations and learning
  • Train teachers and admin staff to use online platforms: Considerable effort needs to be put in training the teachers to ensure online classes are engaging and learning outcomes are achieved
  • Acclimatize students and parents to use online platforms: Both students and parents should be made aware of online platforms that are being used by school as the switch to online operations can only happen with coordination of all the stakeholders
NEXT
  • Identify major operational challenges for opening up school: Assess the areas of operation that will be impacted
  • Prepare a post Covid 19 strategies: Detail out the strategies for smooth school reopening post COVID-19
  • Prepare the team and the infra-structure to adjust to new norms: Ensure that the team is trained and prepped and the necessary changes to infrastructure are done
  • Be agile, ready to listen and be transparent: Most important communicate effectively and be ready to change as per the circumstances

As collective attitude of the society changes, 3 broad sentiments emerge that will drive the change in school operations. These sentiments will become foundational on which the key activities of schools will be designed.

Changing Sentiments

Health comes first

Social distancing and hygiene norms will become the basic fundamentals of every interaction at the school

Virtual learning and operations

Any activity that can be done online should be done online!

Rebuilding confidence

In times of uncertainty transparent and frequent communication become very important to build confidence with all stakeholders

Social distancing and hygiene norms will become the basic fundamentals of every interaction at the school

Any activity that can be done online should be done online!

In times of uncertainty transparent and frequent communication become very important to build confidence with all stakeholders

In this context of changing sentiments , we see 4 main categories of activities that will have to be reassessed. We at Loestro have prepared a set of standard operating procedures Now to help you prepare for what’s coming Next.

School Guidelines

Transport

The usual target of 90% occupancy will no longer be applicable. The new optimum will be 60% occupancy to maintain sufficient distance between 2 students. Schools will have to replan the routes, train the staff and make students aware of the new norms

Classroom activities

Digital learning is not a stop-gap arrangement, the new hybrid way of teaching is here to stay. Schools will have to redesign their pedagogy and teaching methodologies to integrate the digital components in order to effectively teach while complying with distancing and hygiene norms

Outside classroom activities

Extra curricular activities and sports form an integral part of school. Generally these are group activities, reinventing a new way of implementation will be an uphill task for which schools have to prepare now

General communication and awareness

Being transparent with all stakeholders will go a long way in building trust. Regular communication and support to students, teachers, staff and parents will be pertinent

School Guidelines

Transport

The usual target of 90% occupancy will no longer be applicable. The new optimum will be 60% occupancy to maintain sufficient distance between 2 students. Schools will have to replan the routes, train the staff and make students aware of the new norms

Classroom activities

Digital learning is not a stop-gap arrangement, the new hybrid way of teaching is here to stay. Schools will have to redesign their pedagogy and teaching methodologies to integrate the digital components in order to effectively teach while complying with distancing and hygiene norms

Outside classroom activities

Extra curricular activities and sports form an integral part of school. Generally these are group activities, reinventing a new way of implementation will be an uphill task for which schools have to prepare now

General communication and awareness

Being transparent with all stakeholders will go a long way in building trust. Regular communication and support to students, teachers, staff and parents will be pertinent

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