While the nation continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, schools prepare to reopen for the fall of 2020. However, strict protocols established by state, federal, and international health authorities are requiring that educational institutions manage the health and safety of their staff and students in unprecedented ways. Guidelines vary from state to state, but below we highlight the top student distancing protocol challenges higher education institutions face — as well as some key solutions.
The primary issue college and university campuses need to address is the matter of physical distancing. Large congregations of students, integral to the university experience prior to the onset of COVID-19, must be avoided, and the way students come together to learn must be radically rethought. Schools are being advised to limit individuals to interacting in small groups whenever possible.
Reducing density and retrofitting learning spaces
Room dividers can be implemented to separate shared space within a classroom, allowing small groups to interact with greater safety. In addition to having access to charging stations and strategically placed wall-mounted work stations, each small group can be equipped with collaborative power work tables that immediately connect students to the internet without having to leave their seats.
Crowd control and spacing
Colleges and universities are responsible for controlling the flow of people in and out of buildings, and in common areas like hallways, libraries and dining halls. Administrators may control how lines form in waiting areas by placing stickers on the ground six feet apart. In addition, providing adequate signage that communicates procedures and instructions controls the flow of foot traffic and deters groups from congregating in one place.
Increasing access to sanitary spaces
Finally, educational institutions are responsible for taking the necessary sanitary precautions. Not only must they clean the environment frequently and regularly, but they must provide open access to handwashing and sanitizing facilities. Handwashing stations located in classrooms and open areas throughout a building are an essential part of the new university landscape.
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