Navigating COVID-19: How to Keep Your Students Safe

In such an uncertain time, we’ve had to become used to changing how we’re used to doing virtually everything. Because there have been so many changes, we need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe. This is especially true in the classroom. Here are some ways that you can keep your students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Encourage Social Distancing

Social distancing is one of the most important and effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus along with any other illnesses that may be airborne. Depending on the age of your students, you may need to become more creative in how you encourage social distancing.

Try to implement some fun ways to remind students to socially distance. You can transform the desks into cars with cardboard and dividers, or even create a plexiglass stand in the middle of the desks. Whatever you choose, make sure to keep as much distance between the kids as possible to keep them safe.

Disinfect Surfaces Frequently

Disinfecting surfaces needs to be a priority in your classroom. Chairs, desks, doorknobs, counters, whiteboard markers, and any other frequently touched surface need to be cleaned and disinfected. You will want to make sure that you are sanitizing surfaces before and after your students use them to kill any germs and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on the age of your students, you might have to disinfect surfaces yourself. If they’re old enough, you can have them help by wiping down their own spaces and things. Another way to keep surfaces clean is to create a handwashing or hand sanitizer station where they can clean their hands often.

Create a Mask Mandate

Reminding students to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose will help make sure that they stay safe. Covering both your nose and mouth, as well as making sure that masks fit snugly and don’t have gaps, is vital to their protection. You can have themed mask days or even put masks on stuffed animals to encourage them to wear their masks. Do what you can to make it seem fun.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes, but student safety is constant. Encouraging social distancing, keeping surfaces sanitized, and ensuring students wear their masks are vital. Doing these things can help both keep them and you safe.

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