Navigating School Safety During COVID-19
As we move closer to our 7th month of school during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are settled in (as much as can be expected) to a new set of health and safety protocols that were introduced at the start of the school year. Now, with vaccinations beginning to roll out, our school communities have begun wondering how these safety protocols may be changing or what they can do to continue keeping families safe as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. As a refresher, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to maintain student and school safety during COVID-19.
COVID-19 School Safety
By now, we’ve all become accustomed to the school safety requirements that have come about over the course of the past year. We have become pros at hand-washing, mask wearing, coughing in our elbows, social distancing, and vigilantly keeping an eye on our health symptoms. We know to keep ourselves, and our family members, home from work or school if we show any signs of possible infection such as:
- Loss of taste or smell
- Coughing and/or difficulty breathing
- Body Aches
- Sore throat
Following the recommended safety guidelines and knowing the symptoms to watch for are the best ways to arm ourselves and our families against infection. But now that we are seeing vaccinations being rolled out, have the guidelines changed? Should we be practicing different safety protocols now?
Maintaining Safe Health Protocols
While we may be tempted to begin loosening our safety protocols as vaccinations become more dispersed, it’s important to understand we need to continue our same level of precautionary measures until they have been updated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and any additional local/school guidelines. In short, keep doing what you’ve been doing for the past several months in order to help us navigate through the pandemic.
Here at Tessa International, this means our staff and students/families will continue to follow our rigorous guidelines to keep everyone safe. This means, we will continue to:
- Utilize staggered drop offs, pickups, and recess times for students
- Limit building access to staff and students whenever possible
- Daily temperature checks
- Proper hand-washing and sanitizing at regular intervals and as needed
- Mask wearing required for kindergarten and up, strongly encouraged for nursery and pre-k
- Keep using indoor shoes or slippers
- Toy and play items regularly disinfected as needed throughout the day
- Daily professional deep cleaning of all areas
- Use designated play areas only – non-Tessa-owned play equipment will not be used
Student Safety through the End of the Pandemic
We are extremely proud of our students, staff, and community members who have all pulled together to help navigate this health pandemic. Everyone has done a wonderful job putting health and safety first and limiting the risks of being exposed to COVID-19. We will continue to update you as we progress through the year and new developments come about. Keep up the good work, Tessa families!