Safety precautions students and teachers must follow when school resumes
Basic schools in Ghana are to re-open on 15th January, 2021. Earlier, I published an article about how this is a major responsibility to the Ghanaian classroom teacher.
In this write up, I will outline a number of saftey guidelines the teacher must follow to protect students from COVID-19.
- Find ample time to talk to the children about COVID-19 and why there is the need for them to protect themselves.
- Educate them on the need to regularly wash hands with soap under running water and also the use of the sanitizer. Talk about some common handwashing errors people make.
- Students must avoid sharing of cutlery set, water, handkerchief etc
- It is very important for all students and teachers to put on nose masks at all times.
- Students must avoid sharing of pencils, pens, erasers etc.
- Teachers must ensure that social distancing is adhered to and also the classroom must be well ventilated.
- Teachers must ensure that veronica buckets are placed at vantage points to promote regular handwashing.
- Thermoneter guns should be readily available to periodically check the temperature of students and teachers.
- Assemblies, sporting activities and other social gatherings must be avoided.
- Any student who feels sick or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should not panic but stay at home and alert a nearby local health station.
The above guidelines, when followed, will ensure the safety of all and sundry in the basic school classroom.