Quick Question: How can students and teachers stay safe in schools?

We know that many schools have or are beginning to offer hybrid online and in-person classes for students. This means that it may be a good time to review some of the ways to keep students, teachers, and school staff safe! 

Here are a few extra tips to remember:

  1. Open windows and doors!
  • It is Fall now, which means it is cooling off around Arizona. This means that it is also a great idea to open windows and doors to improve ventilation within schools. 
  1. Try creating “pandemic pods” for children to socialize with a select few other classmates.
  1. Using C02 monitors in a classroom is a good idea! People breathe out C02. Monitoring C02 levels can give you a sense of how much build off of people’s breath may be in the room. Once the detector reaches a higher level of CO2, it is a good time to let the children go outside to let the CO2 dissipate and potential viral particles to settle out of the air. You can wipe down surfaces when you come back inside to reduce any potential contact with contaminated surfaces. 
  2. If you can’t open the window, hospital grade air purifiers can help reduce the air. 
  3. If you have the option to stay home for schooling it is a good idea to do so. This helps your community. It reduces the number of kids overall in the classroom, reducing the number potentially exposed and infected if COVID is introduced into that classroom.
  4. Seating charts are important for the classroom to ensure that children sit in the same seat each day, this aids in contact tracing. 
  5. Using a face-shield without wearing a cloth face covering or only using plexiglass as a precautionary measure is not effective.They must be worn together because of the airborne transmission that can occur. 

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